Democrats declare war on women? Update: Frequent White House visitor?

posted at 8:41 am on April 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

By the time Allahpundit included this clip in his QOTD post, DNC adviser and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s attack on Ann Romney had already raised eyebrows.  By the time the clocks clicked past midnight, her remarks had become so infamous that Barack Obama’s campaign leaders had to go on Twitter to toss Rosen under the proverbial bus.  Rosen scoffed at the notion that a stay-at-home mom of five, who also happens to be battling MS and has survived cancer, has any insight into economic concerns of women in America:

Rosen later wrote a “clarification” at the Huffington Post expressing her admiration for Ann Romney’s “grit” in dealing with her illnesses, but the damage had already been done. Incredibly, Rosen later complained that Ann Romney “didn’t answer my follow up tweet to her! Which I thought was respectful and sincere.”  What was Rosen’s idea of “respectful and sincere”?  How about this: “I am raising children too. But u do know that most young american women have to earn a living AND raise their kids don’t u?”

Yeah, it’s Ann Romney’s fault for not replying to such a “respectful” riposte, huh?  Rosen’s the real victim here.

The Romney campaign blasted Rosen as an “Obama adviser” (she’s tied to the DNC, not the Obama campaign) and called this “their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy and in the process insul[t] hard-working moms.”  And that had Team Obama worried enough for a couple of heavy hitters to take to Twitter late last night to do damage control.  David Axelrod, Obama’s closest adviser, tweeted: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”  Jim Messina, who runs the Obama 2012 campaign, demanded an apology from Rosen: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.”

It’s too late for that; 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: Democrats were quick to insist that Rosen has no role at the White House, but Jim Geraghty reports that the rebuttal seems to be more of an issue of semantics:

White House visitor logs indicate that “Hilary Rosen” visited the White House thirty-five times.

Gen. David Petraeus, head of our efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the current CIA director, nine times.

Meanwhile, see if you can guess who said this in 2008?

“You know essentially, you’ve taken on sort of the most sympathetic person in the candidate’s realm, the wife, who is taking care of the children, supporting the husband, doing everything she can because she loves him … [it's a] stupid strategy.”

You get three guesses, and the first two don’t count.


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War On Mothers.

Electrongod on April 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM

didn’t answer my follow up tweet to her!

Whatever happened to phone calls? Is texting not used anymore?

Hey I asked you a question on my twitter feed and you didn’t reply. What do you mean you don’t follow me on twitter???? LOL

jeffn21 on April 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM

AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The libs thought they had this “GOP WAR ON WOMEN!” thing all sewed up, and then along comes Rosen to open the castle gates.

Bishop on April 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM

A Democrat consultant with ties to the Obama administration sneering that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life” is an opportunity for the Romney campaign, but a small problem in the big picture. In the big picture, women who are unable to find work in Obama’s economy is a bigger one.

Having said that, White House visitor logs indicate that “Hilary Rosen” visited the White House thirty-five times.

Gen. David Petraeus, head of our efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the current CIA director, nine times.

Jim Geraghty at NRO

Wethal on April 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM

and called this “their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy

You want proof that Mitt’s team is prepared to take it to Obama? Here you go. There’s not a reporter or politico in Washington who doesn’t have at least some memory of the ‘kill Mitt’ strategy being reported.

KingGold on April 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Liberals Limbaugh moment?

Blacksoda on April 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

They’ve had a war on women for more than 40 years. Only difference here is that as EM says, the mask slipped.

Too bad Ann Romney never held a real job like lobbyist for the slime and corruptocrats in the RIAA. I guess wife, mother, and grandmother pales in comparison than helping something that proudly builds a reputation for evil… by which I mean the DNC, but again, RIAA too.

Gingotts on April 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Mouth open. Foot inserted.

St Gaudens on April 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Waaaaaah! Ann didn’t answer after I attacked her! Waaaah!

Typical.

itsnotaboutme on April 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

War on babies, war on melanin challenged men, a war on women is just a natural progression.

cozmo on April 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I don’t know how ANY woman could be a liberal.

GeorgieGirl9 on April 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Don’t forget the “other Hillary” scoffing at stay at home moms, saying they “bake cookies and drink tea.”

DrStock on April 12, 2012 at 8:49 AM

her remarks had become so infamous that Barack Obama’s campaign leaders had to go on Twitter to toss Rosen under the proverbial bus.

Haaaaaa!!!!…..
………Haaaaaaaa!!!!!

Hey!!!….I’ve got a great idea…
Let’s attack a woman who raised 5 kids while fighting 2 deadly diseases…

…..Thanks democrats.

Baxter Greene on April 12, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Democrats declare war on Republican women?

For clarity.

conservative pilgrim on April 12, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Liberals Limbaugh moment?

Blacksoda on April 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I would prefer not, Limbaugh was strengthened.

cozmo on April 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM

“No woman should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.

French feminist Simone deBeauvoir

Rosen’s views are the latests version of this. Instead of the childless feminist, we have Hilary Rosen.

Wethal on April 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

For those of us who are mature adults, we’ve known what lurk’s under the Democrat’s masks for the past 20 years. And those exposed faces are getting more ugly and evil with each passing election cycle.

Cherokee on April 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Prince One-bama’s has never worked a day in his life.

NickDeringer on April 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

MM also reminded folks that Mrs. Heinz Kerry said Laura Bush never had a real job. Of course, Mrs. Bush was a teacher at one time, but that apparantly is not a real job to a Heinz.

DrStock on April 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Ms. Rosen is a sow. While people like Axelrod will denounce the attack, this is their modus operandi. They take the high road while the underlings do the dirty work. I honestly don’t know how they sleep at night.

RPL on April 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Question – if Anne romney would have been a high school teacher and hire someone to watch her children full-time, would they both be considered working woman?

Alienate stay at home mom. Great strategery there. Anotheer thing not noted – Romney has multiple Sclerosis….

mouell on April 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Hilary Rosen: Unmanned Drone aimed at the Obama campaign.

Yes, she’s galactically stupid, but in many ways mouths the typical Dem talking points about women. In fact, in spite of putting her big hairy foot in her mouth, her presentation was actually a bit better than the typical shrill DWS harangue.

How much more of this War on Women stuff before the Dems realize it’s a five-alarm loser? Is this Rosen fiasco the jump-the-shark moment?

EMD on April 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I guess Dems just told stay at home moms to F off. They really are appealing to the dumb vote, aren’t they?

MeatHeadinCA on April 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I would prefer not, Limbaugh was strengthened.

cozmo on April 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Yes, at the expense of everyone else on his side. So, I’d take the deal.

KingGold on April 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Snort.

By the way, yeah a lot of women have to do both. Know why? Americans are already taxed up the arse, the economy is in the crapper, healthcare is skyrocketing, the debt is through the roof and Obama is trying to make every one of those WORSE.

Dash on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

As much as I enjoy watching people pile on this liberal, including her own kind, I do wonder if she was misinterpreted. When she said Ann didn’t work, wasn’t she making this in reference to economics and not saying her work of raising children wasn’t work? She just meant she was never a wage earner. This was during a discussion regarding economics, after all, and not on women’s place in the world.

philoquin on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Rosen said that Dems have never used the phrase “War on Women,” but Nanny Pelosi used those exact words to describe the GOP budget.

itsnotaboutme on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Guess we’ll soon add another woman to the unemployed list caused by President War On Women’s policies.

Kissmygrits on April 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

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.

It does seem to be emerging over the last few years that the Democrat Party has some strange criteria for what they consider to be an authentic woman. If you’re pro-life, forget about it. If you’re pro-life and knowingly give birth to a special needs kid, you’re the devil incarnate. If you don’t support a nanny state and things like subsidized birth control, you’re waging a war on women. And now over the last few days, we have Lizz Winstead(co-creator of The Daily Show) referring to motherhood as “indentured servitude” and Hilary Rosen now saying a stay-at-home mother of 5 sons “never worked a day in her life”.

I don’t want to paint the entire Democrat Party with a broad brush, but there sure do appear to be a lot of liberals and Dems who have it in for any woman who doesn’t toe their very strict ideological line. Not exactly a wise electoral strategery IMO.

BTW, props to the Romney campaign and the entire conservative blogosphere and alternative media for throwing this back in the Dems’ faces within literally minutes. This could turn out to be a fun campaign when all is said and done.

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

philoquin on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

You’re letting her off too easy.
Rosen said Mrs Romney

never worked a day in her life.

That’s a pretty harsh insult, no matter what her precise meaning was.
Would you like that to be said of you?

itsnotaboutme on April 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Liberal feminists are all about throwing off bonds to husbands and fathers….in favor of Big Daddy Government. How is Big Daddy Government supposed to be any superior?

Women are individuals, who make individual choices. As long as it was a well-informed and wise choice for that individual, WGAF what that choice is? Ann Romney chose to be a stay-at-home mom. Bully for her. Other women choose to work. Bully for them.

Sekhmet on April 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

. David Axelrod, Obama’s closest adviser, tweeted: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.” Jim Messina, who runs the Obama 2012 campaign, demanded an apology from Rosen: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.”

Gee, they certainly weren’t this concerned when it came to trashing and destroying Sarah Palin’s family. Wonder what makes the Obama crew so reluctant to destroy Mitt’s family, but have no scruples about the scorched earth policy they adopted towards Sarah’s? Time will tell to see if they continue in this “leave ‘em alone” vein, or step up the attack.

theotherone on April 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

As much as I enjoy watching people pile on this liberal, including her own kind, I do wonder if she was misinterpreted. When she said Ann didn’t work, wasn’t she making this in reference to economics and not saying her work of raising children wasn’t work? She just meant she was never a wage earner. This was during a discussion regarding economics, after all, and not on women’s place in the world.

philoquin on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

So you can’t understand the economy or care about it because you don’t have a job outside the house? Poppycock! Most moms know firsthand all about economics in the most accurate form – a household.

GeorgieGirl9 on April 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

On January 22, 2003, Rosen announced that she would resign as head of the RIAA at the end of 2003, in order to spend more time with her partner, Elizabeth Birch, and the couple’s twins (a boy and a girl). She began a television commentator career first with CNBC and then with MSNBC. She signed with CNN in early 2008.

From her wikipedia bio.

So Hilary herself doesn’t really “have” to work, either. She can quit her job and take a few commenting gigs now and then. A little fundraising for the Dems…

Wethal on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

When she said Ann didn’t work, wasn’t she making this in reference to economics and not saying her work of raising children wasn’t work? She just meant she was never a wage earner. This was during a discussion regarding economics, after all, and not on women’s place in the world.

philoquin on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

That’s charitable, but it also has holes.

Stay-at-home mothers notice when the price of gasoline and electricity skyrocket, when their husband’s job suddenly isn’t so secure, when medical care for their kids gets more expensive, and so on and so forth. Just because they don’t themselves earn wages doesn’t mean they’re somehow blind to economic reality.

And Hilary Rosen knows that.

KingGold on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Hilary Rosen, btw, is a lez who never had kids… So she puts no value on motherhood.

wildcat72 on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I don’t know how ANY woman could be a liberal.

GeorgieGirl9 on April 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Me either.

gophergirl on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Her firm has a “far reaching role in the election” http://www.skdknick.com/work/far-reaching-role-in-election

Oops, they took down that portion of their website

bs4948800 on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Wow, she just seems gross & another example of liberal women being unattractive.

22044 on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

philoquin on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

At the end she said Mitt Romney doesn’t consider women equals… I think that is pretty much what she is saying with the Ann Romney stay at home thing. Also the irony is always lost on liberals… she is saying that Mitt doesn’t consider women equals as she is bashing another women for not working outside the home as not being equal to someone that has too??? Oh the irony.

momof2 on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I am raising children too. But u do know that most young american women have to earn a living AND raise their kids don’t u?

Here’s the dirty little secret… it’s EASIER for a woman to raise kids and work a job than it is for her to be a stay-at-home mom. I am the husband of a stay-at-home mom and I can tell you that it’s the hardest job you could possibly have. My wife works much harder than I do and is under far more stress. It would be far easier for her to drop the kids off at daycare and got a job.

Shump on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

If El Rushbo said anything so blindingly, grotesquely stupid the Internet would be in total meltdown.

Libs: “A woman has a right to choose–as long as she chooses what we d@mn well want. The rest of you barefoot b1tches–get back in the kitchen.”

Keep digging, Hilary. You are almost to China.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The Democrat War on Moms, Motherhood(pro-abortion, contraception, morning after…pregnacy is a disease!) and the REAL War on Women. Hot Air and we posters need to drive this stake through the heart of the Obama campaign. The MSM won’t even mention this other than to say “she apologized, nothing to see here.” Do not let this go, do not let them change subjects.

daveweber on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Don’t forget the “other Hillary” scoffing at stay at home moms, saying they “bake cookies and drink tea.”

DrStock on April 12, 2012 at 8:49 AM

What was so funny about that episode to me, is that she ended up “standing by her man,” contrary to what she had previously said.

TugboatPhil on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

In the last 24 hours my perception of Mitt Romney has changed dramatically…for the good.

txhsmom on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

When she said Ann didn’t work, wasn’t she making this in reference to economics and not saying her work of raising children wasn’t work? She just meant she was never a wage earner. This was during a discussion regarding economics, after all, and not on women’s place in the world.

philoquin on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

My Mom was a SAHM. She not only stayed at home to take care of us, she paid the bills, did the family budget, bought groceries, etc. If that’s not economics I don’t know what is.

gophergirl on April 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Let’s see how the Parrot Press handles this!
Good for Ann Romney getting on Twitter right away…we seem to respond vs. retreat for a change!
How does this help the Rats War on Women?

KOOLAID2 on April 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

It does seem to be emerging over the last few years that the Democrat Party has some strange criteria for what they consider to be an authentic woman.

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Yeah, remember the left claimed Palin wasn’t even a woman? No real woman gets married and raises 5 kids, especially one with disabilities.

darwin on April 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

My Mom was a SAHM. She not only stayed at home to take care of us, she paid the bills, did the family budget, bought groceries, etc. If that’s not economics I don’t know what is.

gophergirl on April 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

That’s a good point.

philoquin on April 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

And by the way, 10 hours later and Ann Romney has verified status and more than 11k followers. Already a third of what that other old biddy gained over years of squawking her crap.

Gingotts on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Hillary Rosen is David Axlerod in drag.

ObamatheMessiah on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Hilary Rosen, btw, is a lez who never had kids… So she puts no value on motherhood.

wildcat72 on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Just to set the record straight, on HuffPo, Rosen wrote that she has 2 kids.

I am not being an apologist for Rosen, but I don’t want any of my friends here to get into an argument with a lib, based on incorrect info.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

In the last 24 hours my perception of Mitt Romney has changed dramatically…for the good.

txhsmom on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I hope more people feel the same way. We’re going to need all hands on deck to get rid of Obama and his friends.

GeorgieGirl9 on April 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

And by the way, 10 hours later and Ann Romney has verified status and more than 11k followers.

Gingotts on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I suspect she’s going to make one hell of a First Lady.

KingGold on April 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I am work at the office mom and that is my choice, but her comments to me were disrespectful because she dismisses how challenging motherhood can be. Electrongod post#1 is right.

earlgrey133 on April 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Snort.

By the way, yeah a lot of women have to do both. Know why? Americans are already taxed up the arse, the economy is in the crapper, healthcare is skyrocketing, the debt is through the roof and Obama is trying to make every one of those WORSE.

Dash on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Yeah, I thought about that last night. If Rosen wants to try to massage her original point by claiming only women who raise kids AND hold a job simultaneously can speak about the economy, well that opens up a whole new door to a discussion about why so many women have to do both. It’s a lot harder these days for a family to get by on a single income and the Obama Administration damn sure ain’t helping in that regard.

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

In the last 24 hours my perception of Mitt Romney has changed dramatically…for the good.

txhsmom on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Me too..

My wife is a stay home mother…
And in the near future…
I am buying an elevator for my cars….because I can….
:)

Electrongod on April 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I suspect she’s going to make one hell of a First Lady.

KingGold on April 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Yes she will.

gophergirl on April 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM

But u do know that most young american women have to earn a living AND raise their kids don’t u?”

I thought it was all about choices?
Being pro-choice…
Following your ambitions and forgoing having those little hold backs or trying to have it all or giving up a little ego and income to stay at home and raise your families next generation.
I’ve worked and deferred having a child until my late thirties so that I could afford to stay at home and be a mom and both are tough, life is tough but, make your
“choice” and deal with it and allow others their lives.
Sounds like jealousy and resentment to me.

rebekahhuang on April 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Hilary Rosen, btw, is a lez who never had kids… So she puts no value on motherhood.

wildcat72 on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM
Just to set the record straight, on HuffPo, Rosen wrote that she has 2 kids.

I am not being an apologist for Rosen, but I don’t want any of my friends here to get into an argument with a lib, based on incorrect info.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Rosen’s partner, from whom she is now separated, might be the biological mother.

Wethal on April 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM

In the last 24 hours my perception of Mitt Romney has changed dramatically…for the good.

txhsmom on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

+100

I am going from, “Well, he’s the nominee, deal with it,” to “Oh, yeah. He’s the nominee! Deal with it, libs!”

HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

“Barack Obama’s campaign leaders had to go on Twitter to toss Rosen under the proverbial bus.”

Sorry Ed: I don’t buy it…this is classic Obama and Axelrod…get the message they want out there…then make the fake apology…meanwhile their objective has been accomplished…

Their message is out there, isn’t it???

PatriotRider on April 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

This attack is ill-informed and hits people of all ideologies and political affiliations. Many women choose the career path of raising kids, so do many men. Some women would like to work, but can’t find it. Some women would like to stay home, but can’t afford to. This is another attempt to divide people and invoke animosity, something Democrats excel at.

But since we’re here, let’s play Rosen’s game….Ms. Rosen says she’s raising kids. She’s divorced from her female partner. Who has custody of the kids? Does she use a nanny to care for the kids (then she’s a 1%er) or the government (then she’s a mooch) while she’s working? Do people enjoy being around her kids (often the product of parental involvement with their offspring).

conservative pilgrim on April 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Hilary Rosen, btw, is a lez who never had kids… So she puts no value on motherhood.

wildcat72 on April 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

…so when she said “We” raise children AND have to work…she was refering to women in general?
What a Be-yotch!

KOOLAID2 on April 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I honestly don’t know how they sleep at night.

RPL on April 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

They don’t sleep, they hang themselves from the rafters by the feet and wait for the sun to go down.

Bishop on April 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

As much as I enjoy watching people pile on this liberal, including her own kind, I do wonder if she was misinterpreted. When she said Ann didn’t work, wasn’t she making this in reference to economics and not saying her work of raising children wasn’t work? She just meant she was never a wage earner. This was during a discussion regarding economics, after all, and not on women’s place in the world.

philoquin on April 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Yes that’s exactly what she was referring to – BUT – I guess Ms. Rosen doesn’t realize that women make most of the financial decisions in the home and stay-at-home moms know better than most how “economics” work. For instance, you can’t spend more than you bring in.

To imply that SAHMs don’t understand economics is one heckuva of an insult. And she’s hearing about it from women and men, left and right, known and unknown, as can be witnessed here.

Flora Duh on April 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Rosen has delivered the Left’s honest opinion about women who choose to stay home to raise their children…

I became a conservative the day my first child was born. I realized most of what the feminists were selling was a lie.

I stayed home to take care of my children because I wanted to raise them. I accomplished this by living in a smaller house, driving older cars, shopping at garage sales and close-outs, cutting coupons and carefully and creatively budgeting for food.

While at home, I babysat friends’ children when needed. I volunteered and worked countless hours giving of my time and talents to benefit all the children in my community through volunteer tutoring in the schools and through taking leadership positions in the PTA and local arts groups.

Yeah, stay-at-home moms don’t understand the economy…

Shove it, Hilary. Oops, that wasn’t very ladylike. Meh.

Fallon on April 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. I was never “not busy” a day in my life between working as a substitute teacher at my children’s school, heading up the room parents, and volunteering in the library, nurses clinic and cafeteria. In my “off” time, I was involved in various civic committees and projects, and I didn’t have a housekeeper or nanny to take up the slack. Just because I wasn’t getting a paycheck didn’t mean that my work wasn’t important or meaningful; my payment came in the form of adult children with whom I am extremely close. And as you can see from my handle, I have a career that I love, albeit the gratification was somewhat delayed. Rosen, like many of the women with whom I came in contact as a stay-at-home mom, demonstrates her contempt for women who are blessed enough to make that choice.

College Prof on April 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

You know when I interview women, I ask them, very politely, if they have worked “outside” the home!
I know how much work there is inside the home, and especially with boys. It never stops! From cleaning, washing, cooking, getting them to school, taking them to lessons (music, sports etc.,) making sure they do their homework, arranging their schedules, and with all that making sure you take care of your husband and his duties as well – OK, it goes on and on. It never stops!
And, no

philoquin

she did not qualify her statement, she said what she meant. These women who have never had the responsibility to take care of children, have no idea how much work is involved.

Bambi on April 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Jeeeeeeeeez!

Debbie Wasserman Schultzitis is really contagious!!!

Hope she enjoys the view of the drive train down there.

Jack Deth on April 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Just to set the record straight, on HuffPo, Rosen wrote that she has 2 kids.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

What a trooper…she allowed a couple of them to survive…
/

Electrongod on April 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Too true. It is dreadfully difficult in these times to retain good help.

plewis on April 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Yes she will.

gophergirl on April 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Absolutely.

ROMNEY 2012

cicerone on April 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

If the reaction had not been so negative, they would still be pressing this issue. Attacking Ann Romney was no accident, but there is no quicker way to pee off women than to say a housewife has never worked a day in her life. Talk about really stepping in it.

MJZZZ on April 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

BTW, props to the Romney campaign and the entire conservative blogosphere and alternative media for throwing this back in the Dems’ faces within literally minutes. This could turn out to be a fun campaign when all is said and done.

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

In the last 24 hours my perception of Mitt Romney has changed dramatically…for the good.

txhsmom on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I am going from, “Well, he’s the nominee, deal with it,” to “Oh, yeah. He’s the nominee! Deal with it, libs!”

HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Gotta admit, I’m gathering some hope here. My opinion hasn’t quite changed dramatically yet and I’m definitely not to the “Oh, yeah.” stage, but Willard moves up a notch or two for me on this.

I’m committed to at least pull the lever for him, but I’m really searching for reasons to get geared up a bit.

Lost in Jersey on April 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

A paid PR flack for the President just got pwned by a stay-at-home-mom “who has never worked a day in her life.”

HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Rosen has delivered the Left’s honest opinion about women who choose to stay home to raise their children…

I became a conservative the day my first child was born. I realized most of what the feminists were selling was a lie.

I stayed home to take care of my children because I wanted to raise them. I accomplished this by living in a smaller house, driving older cars, shopping at garage sales and close-outs, cutting coupons and carefully and creatively budgeting for food.

While at home, I babysat friends’ children when needed. I volunteered and worked countless hours giving of my time and talents to benefit all the children in my community through volunteer tutoring in the schools and through taking leadership positions in the PTA and local arts groups.

Yeah, stay-at-home moms don’t understand the economy…

Shove it, Hilary. Oops, that wasn’t very ladylike. Meh.

Fallon on April 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Your comment was very ladylike and exactly right.

GeorgieGirl9 on April 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

and called this “their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy

Good! Do we have a candidate that will hit back hard and fast?

Vince on April 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Just to set the record straight, on HuffPo, Rosen wrote that she has 2 kids.

I am not being an apologist for Rosen, but I don’t want any of my friends here to get into an argument with a lib, based on incorrect info.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Actually, she’s a lesbian with kids. She must have adopted them.

22044 on April 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Thing is, more women are going to work these days because men are being crushed by PBHO’s schemes and losing their jobs. There are stay at home dads out there who are now acting as primary caregiver while the moms head off to the office, they might have something to say about this too.

Bishop on April 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Rosen has delivered the Left’s honest opinion about women who choose to stay home to raise their children…

Bingo!!!

PatriotRider on April 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Ed, you forgot to mention that this dimwit works for Sandra Fluke’s PR firm, SKDKnickerbocker.

blammm on April 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I honestly don’t know how they sleep at night.
RPL on April 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

They don’t sleep, they hang themselves from the rafters by the feet and wait for the sun to go down.
Bishop on April 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

LOL!

txhsmom on April 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Rosen scoffed at the notion that a stay-at-home mom of five

Yes, the mask slipped.

Leftists hate anything and anyone who doesn’t line up. Stay-at-home moms threaten leftists women because they are “different.” The Left demands conformity.

And I believe these leftist women are secretly jealous.

mankai on April 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

BTW, this just occurred to me this morning. Does anyone know what the Romneys’ financial situation was when they had their first son? Keep in mind, they would’ve been in their early 20′s before Mittens started making his millions at Bain Capital. Granted, he came from a privileged family, but Rosen seemed to be insinuating that their 9-figure fortune has always been there.

So for all we know, the Romneys could very well have been struggling at least a little bit economically(this was during the stagnant 1970′s after all) and could relate to their fellow Americans’ plight contrary to Rosen’s claim.

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

In the last 24 hours my perception of Mitt Romney has changed dramatically…for the good.
txhsmom on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Silver linings. He hasn’t been running for Prez for the past 5 years to stop now. The one thing Romney can do to energize the base (I’m assuming no conservative shift) is push back and fight against the MSM and Obama regime.

conservative pilgrim on April 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Dear Hilary Rosen:

You are such an idiot! How could you be so utterly foolish?

Signed,

Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Petrino

radjah shelduck on April 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

In the last 24 hours my perception of Mitt Romney has changed dramatically…for the good.

txhsmom on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I am going from, “Well, he’s the nominee, deal with it,” to “Oh, yeah. He’s the nominee! Deal with it, libs!”

HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

@michellemalkin
By attacking @AnnDRomney, @hilaryr managed to do what hadn’t been poss. before tonight: Uniting the Right behind Romney. Heckuva job, Hil.

Flora Duh on April 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Rewind it 4 years and the Dems are telling Palin to get back in the kitchen. Irony defined.

bigsixfive on April 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

As much as I enjoy watching people pile on this liberal, including her own kind, I do wonder if she was misinterpreted. When she said Ann didn’t work, wasn’t she making this in reference to economics and not saying her work of raising children wasn’t work? She just meant she was never a wage earner. This was during a discussion regarding economics, after all, and not on women’s place in the world.

I agree with gophergirl. My wife is a SAHM mom, and she understands economics better than most people IMO. (incidentally, she also maintains the family budget)

I’ll give Rosin her the benefit of the doubt–her implication was that “if you don’t have a paying job, you don’t understand the economy.” But that’s not much better than saying “stay-at-home moms don’t work.” What she was implying is that stay-at-home moms *can’t* understand economics, i.e. they’re uneducated and frankly stupid. THAT is the big insult.

Mohonri on April 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Aren’t these the same Democrats who slammed Palin for NOT staying at home; not being a ‘good mother’?

michaelo on April 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

It’d be so amusing if Democrat gaffes and mistakes got as much attention. Conservatives and Republicans go on and on about how stupid politicians are on our side but if Dems and Libs got the media attention they deserved… they’d be the Stupid and Evil party.

Ukiah on April 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

It’s too late for that; the mask has already slipped. Rosen has delivered the Left’s honest opinion about women who choose to stay home to raise their children

Romney’s campaign should be reaching out to every stay-at-home mom and play this video, that in essence says to a huge majority of women that they are too stupid to understand national economic conditions. Axelrod and Obama can throw Ms. Rosen under whatever bus they want, but the narrative of the DNC feminist is HUGE!

Rovin on April 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Since they scoff at right to life and motherhood in general, hopefully the Dem’s war on women will thin their herd in the long run.

Rosen later complained that Ann Romney “didn’t answer my follow up tweet to her!

I don’t respond to tweets by twits, either.

ghostwalker1 on April 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Just to set the record straight, on HuffPo, Rosen wrote that she has 2 kids.
I am not being an apologist for Rosen, but I don’t want any of my friends here to get into an argument with a lib, based on incorrect info.
HeatSeeker2011 on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Actually, she’s a lesbian with kids. She must have adopted them.
22044 on April 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Wiki says twins (boy and girl) with her former partner. They were together from 2003-2006. Doesn’t say who has custody and I didn’t care to google it.

conservative pilgrim on April 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I suspect she’s going to make one hell of a First Lady.

KingGold on April 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Ann Romney is a classy woman who comports herself with a dignity befitting of a First Lady, in direct contrast with Michele. She’s a big asset to the campaign, which was likely the reasoning behind this clumsy attack – turn the asset into a liability.

The problem is her husband.

Doomberg on April 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Actually, she’s a lesbian with kids. She must have adopted them.

22044 on April 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

All you need is a male friend and a turkey baster, unless you want to pay the fertility clinic.

Wethal on April 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Rosen, if you see a dark bus pull up in the driveway on some rainy night, just don’t go outside.

Bishop on April 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

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