Unless you’ve been under a rock for a week, you’ve heard about Hilary Rosen’s comments Ann Romney didn’t “work a day in her life,” and the firestorm that started.
Ms. Rosen certainly stepped in it. But this post is not about the words she chose. Others have written plenty on that topic. My problem is with what she was really trying to say, which was just as bad, or worse.
Ms. Rosen was unartfully trying to say that because Ann has not held a paid job, or in other words because Ann is wealthy, Ann has no credibility to speak on economic issues. This is wrong. It’s anti-American and undemocratic.
Mitt has been attacked with comments he is “out of touch,” or that he (and now Ann) can’t understand people because of their wealth, or the insupportable statement that he somehow “isn’t connecting.” I could trot out numerous examples of how Mitt’s words have been taken out of context to try and make the point he’s one of “them,” not one of “us,” or, in OWS lingo, part of the one percent.
All of these attacks are meant to create and perpetuate a culture of blame, an us vs. them mentality and to divide us based on our economic circumstances. As pointed out by our own David Parker in another post tonight, they are certainly not in the spirit of Barack Obama’s promise to go above partisan politics as usual and the politics of division. The American dream to me, and I believe to the entire GOP, is that all people should have an opportunity to make of themselves what they will. To point at someone like Ann Romney and tear her down because she is fortunate enough to have had success is clearly what Ms. Rosen was trying to do, and it is just plain wrong. I’m offended because Ms. Rosen’s words try to solidify that economic divide solely to keep a Democrat in the White House. Her comments were mean spirited and misguided. There is no hope in them, only, I believe, a knowing mis-representation intended to solicit the support of the poor, who, ironically, are in the situation they’re in due to President Obama’s failed economic policies.
Mitt has said it very well: if you vilify success, you’ll have less of it. The left has been vilifying Mitt’s success since he started in order to shift the blame from their own failed policies and solidify their hold on power. This just cannot stand.
With those thoughts in mind, here are my top ten reasons why what Ms. Rosen meant was just as bad as what she said: (more…)
Perspective matters – especially in striving for constancy in politics amid the contrary seas and boisterous winds of the mainstream media. I am often asked by friends, “how can you be so sure, didn’t you hear [or read] about…?” My response is always, consider the source and understand the agenda. The mainstream media has one agenda, support and secure the re-election of Barack Obama. Anything they print or state is driven with that in mind, whether in suppressing the news, cutting short a story hopeful for irrelevance, i.e., the recent Hilary Rosen meltdown (as soon as she gave her backhanded “apology’ the media was done and onto the next story), or undermining Mitt Romney. The Obama media and public relations team, the mainstream media, is waging a campaign of division, derision and destruction with one goal in mind – protect Obama. Obama appears to abide by the philosophy of a former business colleague of mine; the only good competitor is a dead competitor. History bears this out in his previous Chicago campaigns. That said, we must always consider the source and respective motivations of the counterparty and respond, not in like mind, but with truth, reason and accountability. Again, perspective matters and it is what keeps Mitt Romney constant in the inconstant world of Presidential politics.
When considering the current general election, perspective matters even more. Contrasting the 2008 and 2012 elections, we can see a stark difference in Barack Obama’s strategy. In 2008, it was all about prospective hope, change and unifying America’s divide. He ran a tremendous campaign, driven on positive messaging and what could be – remember, the oceans will cease to rise and the earth will begin to heal under Obama’s leadership. However, 2012 is a far cry from 2008. In 2012, Obama’s campaign is based upon the opposite of hope – fear, and anything derivative of fear is destructive. It was Obama’s own campaign that set the agenda, “k***” Romney, or more politely, destroy Romney’s character. The tweets have been innumerable, the sound bites derisive, the press releases unbelievable, but in all cases, the agenda is clear: search and destroy. Why the venom? Why the vitriol? Why the anger?
Surely, we can turn to the lack of achievement, and in fact the failing at every level of Obama’s three years in office – but he doesn’t feel that way, or does he? His argument is that his administration has made tremendous strides; after all, look at where the economy is today and where it was in 2008. From our vantage point it has been abject failure, from his, great success. And yet, he isn’t touting his successes; he is only tearing down conservative values and the presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney. Comparatively, Mitt Romney’s campaign is running a positive, civil, contrasting and measured message – always emphasizing accountability and solutions for a failed Obama administration and its destructive policies. A principal difference in Mitt Romney’s message from Obama’s of ‘08 is that Mitt Romney can deliver with competence, experience and a proven track record of success.
So what has changed for Obama this time around? What is it that you can see in David Axelrod, Jim Messina and others who surround Barack Obama? Just take a moment and listen to what they say, and how they say it – look into their eyes and it becomes apparent. [Reference Jayde Wyatt’s previous Post] Clearly, the Obamas and those who advise the President have tasted of the power, the position and the influence in society of the office of POTUS; they have experienced what few ever will, and in their experience they have fallen prey to the corruptive and possessive nature of power. It has been said that the fear of losing the office of POTUS is far greater than the want to secure it. Therefore, the driving force of the 2012 Obama campaign is FEAR. FEAR is the foundation of Obama’s rage! When the foundations of a campaign are born in negativity and fear of loss; when a campaign has lost sight of purpose and service, and is relegated to self-interest and ideology over Constitutional principle, it distills into a dark abyss. Such is the Obama campaign. However, it doesn’t mean that it will dissemble easily or even self-destruct, in fact quite the opposite; it means that it will be ever more resolute and vicious – to protect the office holder and those who surround him. Katy bar the door, as it will be a brutal process. Even so, truth trumps fear, and principled leadership overcomes adversarial attacks, with patience, perspective and perseverance.
The Romney campaign has one of the brightest and most capable leaders in our lifetime to carry the title of liberty and restore our hope for what matters most, the preservation of our freedoms and the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Mitt Romney understands the basis of Obama’s rage; he and the campaign have the needed perspective and capacity to wage an aggressive battle to counter the fears of one man’s loss. Not to say it will be easy, it won’t, and will require all that we have to win the day. The price is worth it, as our very freedoms are at stake. It is now or never, and in the midst of the battle, we must adhere to truth amid the lies and distortions of President Obama.
The National Rifle Association Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum has been ongoing this week in St. Louis, Missouri. An important GOP interest group, the annual meeting attracts top conservatives.
Governor Mitt Romney addressed the gathering yesterday:
Although gun control groups have complained that Obama has done little to support their cause, Romney took a page from the NRA leadership, which has been saying that the president is waiting for a second term to crack down on firearms. He warned that Obama would “remake” the Supreme Court in a second term, threatening constitutional freedoms.
“In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election,” Romney told a crowd estimated at 6,000 in the Edward Jones Dome.
Referring specifically to the right to bear arms, Romney said: “If we are going to safeguard our Second Amendment, it is time to elect a president who will defend the rights President Obama ignores or minimizes. I will.”
Governor Romney’s speech:
In his first term, we’ve seen the president try to browbeat the Supreme Court. In a second term, he would remake it. Our freedoms would be in the hands of an Obama Court, not just for four years, but for the next 40. That must not happen.
As President, I will uphold the rule of law – and put America back on the path toward the Founders’ vision. I don’t want to transform America; I want to return America to the principles that made this nation great.
Our Founders began this great American Experiment. They created a nation conceived in liberty and they entrusted us with the duty to preserve it and defend it.
When I first heard Democrat adviser Hilary’ Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney, I felt the same as FOX News’ Dana Perino when she heard the news: “Holy cow! This is going to explode!”
It was full-time work yesterday posting updates on the “Ann Romney never worked a day in her life” tempest (and, what I posted was a fraction of the day’s news). With such a hot potato, I also knew political cartoonists would be sketching into the night.
They didn’t disappoint.
Samples of their creativity are interspersed amongst food for thought…
By Rick McKee - The Augusta Chronicle
Townhall –The Left’s War on Women is Actually a War on Families
By Demetrius Minor
April 13, 2012
Thanks to liberal Democrat Hilary Rosen’s vicious attack on Ann Romney claiming that she has never had a “real job”, the conservative base of the GOP is now united in one front, to call out liberalism. Ann Romney, mother of 5 boys and a survivor of multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, is a testament to the many mothers who made the selfless service of putting their families first.
This goes beyond attacking the wife of a presidential candidate. This is a vile attack on conservative women nationwide. …
President Obama wants to vocalize his support for women, but the facts say otherwise. Women employees at the White House make 18 percent less of the median salary as do male employees. According to Amy Sullivan of TIME Magazine, the Obama administration is described as a “boy’s club” and suggested that the president has a woman problem. It is reported that senior women staffers are seen and not heard during policy meetings.
It is an outrage that lefties attack women instead of having a constructive dialogue about the core issues affecting Americans today. The REAL war on women is the economic plight that they are experiencing due to big government spending, high unemployment rate, a raking deficit and a President who is opposed to job creation that will benefit many women in the U.S. today.
By Bob Gorrell - April 13, 2012
USA TODAY –Hilary Rosen says Ann Romney never worked ‘day in her life’
By Jackie Kucinich and Martha T. Moore
April 12, 2012
To Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports candidates who oppose abortion and endorsed Romney on Thursday, Rosen’s comment is one of “a thousand cuts” that will alienate women. “Each cut doesn’t necessarily draw blood, but over a long period of time” it will hurt Democratic candidates with female voters, she said.
By Glenn Foden - April 13, 2012
Would Hilary Rosen Have Criticized Stay-at-Home Dads as Never Having Worked?
By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
April 13, 2012
A 2008 US Census publication puts the number of married fathers who work in the home as their children’s primary caregivers at approximately 140,000. Now, would Rosen have said the same thing about these men, that they never worked a single day in their lives, or would she, as have so many others, praised them for their maternal role in putting their children first? Would she have lauded their ability to get beyond the traditional macho-man role and prioritizing their family even before their careers? So if Rosen is going to rail against a war against women, then let’s agree that a gender bias that praises men who put their kids first but punishes women for the same is an unfair assault in that battle.
According to the latest census data, about 1 in 4 women with children under 15 is not working outside the home. That is a significant voting bloc – and most aren’t wealthy like Ann Romney. Mrs. Romney herself noted on Thursday that she has had struggles of her own, particularly with her health.
In addition, Mrs. Romney has carved out an image as an appealing surrogate for her husband, complete with stories about how exhausting it was to raise five boys. Polls show her favorability rating far exceeds her negatives.
So for Obama, the Rosen comment created a PR emergency on multiple levels: She had disrespected a big voting bloc and had gone after a candidate’s wife. Team Obama pushed the panic button.
“I don’t have a lot of patience for commentary about the spouses of political candidates,” the president said.
… [S]he [Rosen] has sparked a “mommy wars” discussion that continued to rage Friday.
By Chuck Asay - April 13, 2012
Another Left-Wing Hilary Mouths Off
By Monica Crowley (FOX News contributor, Washington Times columnist)
April 12, 2012
… Ann Romney, by the way, managed to raise 5 well-adjusted sons, none of whom have been in jail or rehab. Now if that’s not a job, I don’t know what is. And she raised these 5 normal, high-achieving sons while battling MS and breast cancer. She is superwoman. But to Rosen and Team Obama, she’s someone to be targeted, polarized, mocked and humiliated. Or so they thought.
This comment and the ensuing backlash may have reversed all of the gains the Dems made with their phony “Republican war on women,” as more and more women realize that it’s the Democrats ACTUALLY waging that war.
…This IS the Left. They run on identity politics: class, race, gender. They clump us in groups, because groups are more easily controllable and because individuals are so unwieldy with those silly minds of their own. The Left is also a bunch of elitist, arrogant, dismissive, power-hungry snobs who believe that they need ever-more power and ever-more of your money because you can’t manage either. And oh yeah: they have utter contempt for traditional America and the values we hold dear.
Ladies—and gentlemen—start your engines. As of today: game on.
Before addressing the NRA today, Governor Romney introduced Ann: “I happen to believe that all moms are working moms…”
► This incident has caused a media and Twittersphere firestorm! Click on link at the bottom of this article for updates.
They don’t waste any time, do they?
A few months ago, a rancid Democrat plan to “kill Romney” reared its repulsive head. Now, after Governor Romney’s first full day of getting into general campaigning, we’re getting a stinky whiff of their plans for Ann Romney.
On Wednesday evening, Democrat operative/CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. She mockingly snarked about Ann Romney:
“Guess what? His wife [Ann Romney] has never actually worked a day in her life.”
Did you catch Rosen’s accusation that Mitt Romney is “old-fashioned when it comes to women. He just doesn’t see us as equals.” Did you also notice Paul Begala’s nod of approval and big grin when his cohort delivered the talking points? Really, I’m laughing so hard as I type this. What a sorry, ridiculous duo – spouting off ridiculous rhetoric to hide Obama’s sorry economy and ridiculous federal debt. See Vic’s article.
Setting her work record straight, Ann Romney, mother of FIVE boys, grandmother to 16 grandchildren, church, charity, and community volunteer, former Massachusetts First Lady, breast-cancer survivor, and valiant handler of Multiple Sclerosis, fired off her first campaign tweet:
I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.
Good natured Ann is garnering high praise for her down-to-earth ability to connect with voters. Because he was losing ground with female voters, Obama operatives have been taking notes. Regarding Ann, think about it: Obama is leading a class war on successful Americans, combine that with a leftist faction that dislikes political Republican women, throw into the mix some Democrats’ disdain for working-at-home mothers and they see fresh meat to attack – on three fronts. Ann is a triple-threat.
Byron York, Chief Political Corespondent (Washington Examiner) and FOX News Contributor jumped on it:
After insult, Romney hits back with lightning speed
. . . Within seconds, Rosen’s statement that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life” began to burn up Twitter. Mrs. Romney, after all, had raised five children, as well as dealt with MS and cancer. That was work, no matter how much money her husband made.
The Romney campaign jumped on Rosen’s remarks with a speed that no Republican campaign has shown in the past. First, campaign staffers sent out tweets hitting Rosen. “Obama adviser Hilary Rosen goes on CNN to debut their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy, and in the process insults hard-working moms,” said top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom. The campaign then sent out word that Rosen, who has worked for the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic organizations, is now part of the same firm, SKDKnickerbocker, as Anita Dunn, a prominent member of the Obama circle. And then came word that Rosen had visited the White House at least 35 times, according to publicly-available White House visitors logs. And then that Rosen attended last month’s state dinner at the White House.
Sensing an opportunity, the Romney campaign rolled out the big guns and had Ann Romney, who had never sent out a message on Twitter before, send out her first: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” Mrs. Romney quickly had thousands of followers.
Obama machine scrambles:
The story really took off when Obama campaign officials scrambled to distance themselves from Rosen. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” Top Obama aide David Axelrod added, “Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
Rosen back-tracked but she didn’t back down. Of course not; she’s a messenger – with a dumb message.
York was impressed:
. . . Presented with an opening, Romney’s staff jumped on the controversy with impressive speed, forcing top Obama officials to respond before most people even knew there was a story. The fracas suggests that Team Romney is determined to aggressively — really aggressively — pursue any chance to press an advantage against Obama. If the president’s re-election team thought they were facing a slow-moving, not-up-to-the-task Republican rival, they learned differently Wednesday night.
See tweets here. Follow @AnnDRomney here. By the way, a new hashtag burning up twitter is #waronmoms.
Ann Responds on America’s Morning with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum – April 12, 2012:
Yes, yes, we know that the President is working hard to consolidate support among female voters — but Obama adviser Hilary Rosen’s remarks about Ann Romney “never work[ing] a day in her life” are cynical, shameful, appalling, divisive and above all . . . ignorant. They constitute the newest iteration of the long-running, ugly and gratuitous left-wing attack on women who have made the very important choice to stay home in order to raise their children themselves.
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Rosen has kicked off a political firestorm; click on link below for updates!