DNC Adviser Hilary Rosen Insults Ann Romney, Ann’s Rapid-Fire Response - UPDATES

This incident has caused a media and Twittersphere firestorm! Click on link at the bottom of this article for updates.

Hilary Rosen

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:

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:

Great interview!

VOTE in related polls posted here.

UPDATE - Since joining Twitter last night, around 10:19 AM PT Ann Romney reached 20,000 followers.

Excellent article from Townhall’s Carol Platt Liebau (hat tip to Hugh Hewitt):

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!

Perhaps the most insulting implication of Rosen’s remarks (from which she shows no sign of retreating) is that stay-at-home moms are somehow lazy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only do stay-at-home moms work hard and tirelessly for the welfare of their children and husbands, but they also often end up taking on much more than their “fair share” (to use a favorite Obama phrase) of the volunteer work (at school and in the community at large) that women who work outside the home (by necessity or by choice) simply can’t cram into their schedules.

What’s more, their choice often requires a certain degree of sacrifice. For some, the sacrifice is financial; they have to make do with less financial security or material comfort than they would have if they had decided instead to join the workforce. For them, staying home with children is not a “luxury” (as Hilary Rosen characterizes it); it is a necessity, which may entail giving up a car, vacation, new clothes, dinners out and more.

For other women, the sacrifice is social: There are highly-educated, accomplished women in their own right who voluntarily surrender their own professional identities and claims to recognition or prominence, and instead become known primarily as “mother of” or “wife of” because they believe it is most important to raise their children themselves. For yet others, the sacrifice is intellectual: Rather than being surrounded all day by interesting colleagues or stimulating work, they willingly endure a certain degree of monotony and a life dictated not by their own needs or desires, but by the needs and desires of others.

Liebau continues:

. . . Aside from working in religious ministry, raising a child is the only work that has implications both for this world and the next. Properly understood, the job of bringing up a child is, in effect, the work of helping to mold a little, infinitely precious soul for eternal life. There’s nothing — nothing — more important. And maybe that’s the part of the equation that those who denigrate stay-at-home moms don’t understand.

In any case, I’ve held a number of jobs throughout the years, and I’ve worked very hard outside the home in a variety of capacities. I can testify from personal experience that there is nothing that requires the kind of wisdom, insight, negotiation skill, generosity, personal fortitude, strength of conviction, patience, commitment — and, yes, sometimes the ability to withstand a certain degree of tedium — as the job of mothering.

This is a must-read article. Continue here.

UPDATE 2 - Major players are weighing in…

FOX News’ Megyn Kellly opened her program this morning with coverage of the Rosen controversy. She also interrupted her show to air White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s response to the Rosen debaucle. Carney did not disavow Rosen’s attack:

… [T]he White House on Thursday ducked a head-on rebuke of Rosen.

Spokesman Jay Carney instead dove into recitation of campaign talking points and numbers including those on how the private sector, under the president, has created jobs for 25 straights months and how a proposed GOP-backed budget would cut services to single-mothers, women teachers and others.

“I could go on,” Carney said during the daily White House press briefing.

UPDATE 3 - Michelle Obama tweeted:

Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected. –mo

That’s it; nothing more.

Rosen apologizes - kind of…
After doubling down on her position on Ann Romney, then tripling down, Ms. Rosen must have received a White House memo. (Not going well… surprised?) She has apologized for her remarks about Ann. But, her apology included a caveat - a link to her grasping-at-straws criticism of Governor Romney. (Bain Capital? Really?) Her statement:

“Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom, I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen.

“In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues:

“As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”

Do you buy it?

UPDATE 4 - Former First Lady Barabara Bush is “shocked” at Hilary Rosen’s attack on Ann Romney. She called in to Megyn Kelly’s program to defend Ann:

UPDATE 5 - Concerned Women For America issued the following press release:

CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA: Moms More Qualified to Give Economic Advice Than Obama Advisors

Washington, D.C. — Democrat strategist and DNC advisor Hilary Rosen says that Ann Romney, who raised five boys, “never worked a day in her life.” Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, says in the brief statement below that raising kids is the hardest and most important work in the world:

“Rosen is wrong on so many levels. Stay-at-home moms hold the purse strings for the family. Statistically, they are better qualified to give economic advice then Obama’s advisors. Talk about energy policy, these women see the effects every day of desperately trying to manage paying almost four dollars a gallon for gas at the pump. They make tough choices to live within their families’ budget every month, something this administration is clearly unable to do. Stay-at-home moms are also experts in the areas of education, nutrition, and a host of other issues. Rosen’s remarks expose a deeper problem with the values of this administration and even sometimes society at large. We say raising kids is the hardest and most important work in the world. How does this administration not get how important stay-at-home moms are to our nation? Haven’t they heard the saying, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’? And in this case, it swings elections.”

UPDATE 6 - Stand with Ann. Leave a message here.

UPDATE 7 - A little perspective… Hilary Rosen has been at the White House 35 times. General David Petraeus has visited 9 times.

UPDATE 8 - Love this!

We stand with Mitt and Ann in saying that all women play an important role in our country. America deserves a president who will bring us together — not pit us against each other.

Donate $6 to get your Moms Drive the Economy bumper sticker and send a message to President Obama today.

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UPDATE 9 Wow! To see what a political FIRESTORM looks like, click here.

UPDATE 10 - From Hot Air’s Ed Morissey:

It’s too late … the mask has already slipped. Rosen has delivered the Left’s honest opinion about women who choose to stay home to raise their children, and unless the DNC distances themselves from her, we can assume that’s the official Democratic Party position. If Democrats wanted to see Republicans unite behind Mitt Romney, they picked the best possible strategy to make it happen by declaring war on Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms.

UPDATE 11 - VIDEO Wolf Blitzer To Hilary Rosen: Democrats Are “Throwing You Under The Bus,” Huh? Watch Rosen squirm. Her continuing mantra against Mitt reveals one of the angles the Obama machine will use to continue misleading female voters… Click here.

UPDATE 12 - VIDEO of Josh Romney with Piers Morgan tonight:

Mitt Romney’s son Josh Romney joined Piers Morgan tonight for the “Piers Morgan Interview.” Josh’s mom Ann Romney stood up for herself in the media today after comments made by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen. Josh stood up for his mom’s decision to remain a stay-at-home mom while she raised her five boys. “She did some of the hardest work you can do,” he said. “She held every job imaginable raising the five boys and we were a lot of work for her I assure you.”

Romney said his parents didn’t take the easy way out by hiring someone to take care of him and his brothers growing up. “My parents really did try and do things the hard way and taught us the value of hard work and being at home.”

UPDATE 13 - Karl Rove and Greta Van Susteren this evening: Greta defends Hilary Rose – “She’s not anti-stay-at-home moms.” Mr. Rove staunchly defends Mrs. Romney.

UPDATE 14 – Read the transcript of Rush Limbaugh’s remarks this morning on Hilary Rosen and Obama. Click here.

UPDATE 15 - From Monica Crowley (FOX News Contributor):

Another Left-Wing Hilary Mouths Off (Read the entire article.)

1. Ann Romney should take this as a big compliment. If Team Obama weren’t threatened by her and her influence with women, they wouldn’t have attacked her. She is dynamite out there on the campaign trail—and Team Obama knows it. They know she’s Mitt’s secret weapon, especially with women. Therefore, she must be discredited and diminished and destroyed: just as strong conservative women who have come before her. Just ask Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, who also threatened to chip away at that core Democrat constituency. If you come near, they will tear your eyes out. But when they try, it indicates just how big a threat they think you are. Ann Romney’s power here is immense.

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26 Responses to DNC Adviser Hilary Rosen Insults Ann Romney, Ann’s Rapid-Fire Response - UPDATES

  1. AfricansforRomney says:

    Leave sweet Ann Romney alone. Obama fabricated this phony gender war for political gain. Gov Romney don’t have women vote problem. Don’t distract us from Obama FAILED leadership.
    The larger issue is that Obama cannot run in his 3+ FAILED records, thefirst lady who turned the WH to a reality TV stage to the point it is a play ground. These people don’t care about the American people economic struggles, $4 gas price, no good paying jobs, high living costs.

    Obama is a ONE term miserably FAILED president!=Carter

  2. JR says:

    Pointing a finger at ANYONE for not working is only valid when you are “living on the govt dime”. Raising children is work, aside from all her other unlauded accomplishments. With his political record of demanding results, one could argue that Mr Obama has never worked a day in his life. He demands things get done by others so that his hands stay clean, and takes credit for positive results, leaving negatives in the backs of others and whining or balking if it is not what HE wants.(please remember that you represent a country and not your own ideals) WE are looking for a leader, not to smear a leaders wife. I am pretty sure that if there were a campaign against our current first lady-WE THE TAXPAYERS would pay to fix it. Personally I was appalled when the press began picking apart Mrs Obama in the beginning of the current administration and for similar reasons I am disgusted that this is the direction they have chosen for their campaign.

  3. cathy creamer says:

    These democrats are a disgrace. Many young women today would rather stay home and raise their children. Unfortunately the difficult economy doesn’t allow this option.
    Ann is correct in saying being a full time mom is hard work. If the job is done correctly it is a 24/7 job with no time off for holidays. If you look at Ann’s five adult sons she obviously did an excellent job. Why don’t you compare Ann’s record of child rearing against some who spent this time pursuing careers. How well do the children in households where mom and dad are gone day and evenings. C
    hildren are left in public daycare or, when they are older, home alone.

  4. Jaylene says:

    In Ann Romney’s words, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” I believe you Ann, because I know!

  5. Linda Dieter says:

    Excuse me! Being a full time mother requires time management, organization, diplomacy, physical labor, being a teacher, being an inspirational and moral leader, compassion, humility, sacrifice, and the ability to put other people’s needs above your own. By the way, even though Michelle Obama may have worked in the past outside the home, what is she deeming the most important job RIGHT NOW, by her actions: BEING A MOTHER!! Some of your off base remarks may come back to bite you. Think it through before you go attacking others. I taught my kids not to be mean and accusatory. Mmm….

  6. Roumiana says:


  7. MaryAnn Smith says:

    Mary Ann Smith This comment makes me so MAD! I didnt “work” a day in my life either while I was RAISING my 6 children. Remember The Romney’s where not “rich” in the begining. I now have 2 daughters and 3 daughter-in laws that have chosen to sacrifice and be stay at home moms also. What Is Wrong With That? That which is good shall be called EVIL and that which is EVIL shall be called good. I am sorry but the best thing that could happen to our world today is for children to be raised by their parents not the day care system.

  8. RyanBeas says:

    My wife and I have 5 kids. 4 girls and 1 boy, and my wife works harder than any person I know. Democrats continue to make this election into class, race, and a gender war. How about we focus on the $5,000,000,000,000 Barack Obama has spent in the last three years?!?!?!

  9. Just another example where the Libs have overplayed their hand. This reminds me of when the Kerry Campaign was foolish enough to go after Laura Bush. Of course it blew up in their face.

  10. TimShawSr says:

    I have an undergraduate degree in Sociology from a CA State University, which is basically equivalent to a degree in feminism. This was this overriding theme of my entire “education,” just as this Hilary Rosan, lead femistist spokswoman for the DNC said, “ANY WOMAN WHO MAKES A CHOICE TO STAY HOME AND RAISE HER CHILDREN FULLTIME HAS CHOSEN TO WASTE HER LIFE, BECAUSE ONLY TRUE FEMALE FULFILLMENT CAN BE FOUND IN THE WORK PLACE COMPETING AGAINST MEN.” Feminists laugh, and think stay at home women are fools and live under their husband’s boot, they actually think the man forces them to be barefoot, pregnant and subservient to them at all times. Feminist think these women are stupid and have no ability to think for themselves. So in one statement, this pshyco Rosan woman has insulted every mother in America. This is the real war on women that has been going on for decades. I know what I am talking about, I have a college degree in it, I know how they think, I know how they despise women like Ann Romney, there is a seething hatred that has no rationality to it. The few times I gave an alternate interpretation to this feminist garbage in class my “professors” became irrationally angry and in one case the teacher actual canceled class he was so enraged that a studenent would dare allow non-feminist orthodoxy be uttered in the hallowed halls of the university. This is the true war on women we are fighting against. Stand your ground Ann, fight this battle, you made a righteous choice. The work you did in the home was of far more value than what any work done outside the home (that is the alternative idea that got class cancelled).

  11. John says:

    Oh that the failed policy strategy of Obama they can’t run their record and they can’t hide them too so they just want to blame other and turn the American focus on other subject but the American are not stupid to believe them at this time because we saw the result of hope and change agenda that changed from the United States of America to the United States of Food stamp, the founding father had built America for 234 years but they destroyed only 3 years,but they still want to destroy more, this election is not like Obama said in the 1964,it is in the 1980 so Reagan beat Carter and Mitt will beat Obama.

  12. Pat Anderson says:

    Has everyone forgotten Michele Obama’s “Job” that her husband bought her ?????
    Her position was the result of generous donations received and after she left, her position remained unreplaced.
    Oh, and she has been such an influential First Lady!! Grow your own vedgies and her cameo appearances on kids shows!!!! And she has the fashion instincts of a gutter snipe!
    Good Luck attempting to stand next to the grace and style of Ann Romney. She is the exactly what America needs as a First Lady. …..and she is a Lady (which the White House has been without during this past term!!!)
    I suggest that the experience Ms Romney has aquired over the years not be underestimated!

  13. freda hartman-gales says:

    I am so happy to be supportting the Romney’s. They are the all American Dream Family. We all need to let them and their life as a family be an example to all families. The fact that Mitt is a susuccessful business man can also be the American example of prosperity in America! Hands up to this team, hands down to Obama teams…one is for progress in America…and the other is for Obama regress and government control…this is America, get the word out, support Mitt Romney!

  14. It is the Obama obfuscation. The Dems poked the wrong hornets’ nest. They have no idea how wrong they are and how many women long to be home directly influencing and raising their children.

    Cindy and I have five children. The times I have had to take time off work to take care of the children in her absence taught me A LOT ABOUT WORK. There is no question in my mind that the work properly raising children and taking care of “the business” of the household is far more work than anything I do.

    The liberals have no clue in this regard. This is just another attempt to distract as so many have said better than I in the comments above.

  15. RENEE says:

    I “only” have two children, but my mom had six kids and let me tell you, raising kids is the hardest, most rewarding and single most important job there is!!! Ann Romney is a classy lady, who will make a marvelous (I love that word! =)) role model for all mothers/women of this country, when she becomes our First Lady! Romney/Christie 2012… =)

  16. ccr says:

    Rosen’s now saying spare me the faux anger.

    This is going to be an interesting election…….

  17. Karen Perron says:

    I am raising 4 boys all two years apart in age with my husband. I stayed home a good part of the time, it was the economy that forced me out of they house to work. Let me tell you which one was more difficult! Motherhood, is work without a physical paycheck. I now own and run a major company, I am educated, aware and involved, and didn’t need to work outside of the home to be that way. Plenty of intelligent, talented, capable women CHOOSE to use those gifts by raising their families as full time work. I run my company from my home, and consider myself blessed that I am the last one they see when they leave in the morning and the first face they see when they come in from school. Shame on her for devaluing woman’s choice.

  18. Haungarian Crusader says:

    That swamp hag of a woman wishes she had Ann’s looks, charm, charisma, and beauty.
    She is only bitter because no man would give her the time of day.
    I wish the Romney’s would had several more kids as their 5 boys turned out perfect citizens.
    Ann raised them to be model Americans, educated, classy, and contributing in great careers in the private sector that pay for these bloated govt morons who have careers in only criticizing success that the nation needs to duplicate.
    Mitt needs to be duplicated and we all need to firmly reject failure as is the case of the current regime in the white house.
    I am so disgusted with these attacks on a wonderful family.
    When you raise kids there is no timeclock to punch out and go home to relax.
    Only a truly lazy-slothful person would make such a sick comment.
    We need more women to stay full-time with their kids (if posssible) and more adults would not be in our prisons today.

  19. Ann.. you are a great example and roll model to all women.

    When things go wrong in the family, things go wrong in every other institution in society.

    Things don’t look like they have gone wrong in your institution. You will be an example of how to strengthen homes, families, governments and societies all over the world, as you have already successfully demonstrated in your own home.

    I have 5 children and “made the choice” to stay home and raise them, my reward has been to watch how each of them have contributed to this great nation and see how successful they are in their own dreams, ventures and families. There is certainly something to be said for making the sacrifice to turn successfully loved children into society. It is becoming a lost art!!

    Romney’s (especially Ann) have my vote and I believe they are the true candidates for the positive change that America so desperately needs!!

  20. AfricansforRomney says:

    God Bless Sweet Ann. Just looking at her little boys pics makes me tired already. I would imagine staying home dealing with them.
    Who’s out of touch Mr President?? Mr President, don’t hide behind these feminist nazis who has no brain between their ears and sending this potato head Hilary to attack Gov Romney.

    Mr President, we don’t care your free birth contol, we don’t care Buffet’s secretary tax withholdings, we don’t give a damn Gov Romney’s HARD earning wealth. Please, cut the nonsense out. It is not working. We don’t have a luxury to fly air force one. We pay $4+ gas per gal to go to work.

    Just FIX the goddamn Economy!!!

  21. John R Harrington says:

    No Respect for Moms, Motherhood, Women, and a DNC Advisor. FYI, Being a Mother/Mom, is the most important job in the universe. 1000 years from now what earthly job a person had will not be important, but where your children are at will be totally important. Ann Romney is a wonderful example of a mom, and she choose to stay home, the DNC should respect women’s right to choose, and role of motherhood.

  22. Leigh says:

    I don’t see a ring on Hilary’s finger. My mother used to say ” If you want to know how to raise your children, ask someone who has never had one” maybe Hilary doesn’t know the all the work it takes to raise children, teach them, cry with them, worry about them. Motherhood, true motherhood is 24-7. I believe Ann has done a wonderful job as well as her husband.

  23. Steve says:

    Does anyone besides me believe Newt Gingrich is having some sort of a mental breakdown?

  24. hugh swan says:

    bad democrat insulting the future queen bee.

  25. Big Government says:

    I believe in the nanny state, and Ann should have gotten a job outside the home to pay more taxes and let the government worry about taking care of her children.

    Big Government

  26. Alanna Beckstead says:

    Fantastic post. Much thanks again. Really Cool.