Video: Ann Romney responds to stay-at-home mom controversy on “America’s Newsroom”

posted at 1:21 pm on April 12, 2012 by Tina Korbe

If she weren’t doubling down on her controversial comments and dismissing the genuine consternation she caused as “faux outrage,” Hilary Rosen might actually inspire a little pity in me. Oh, I wouldn’t feel sorry for her because she’s been vigorously rebuked by the right. No, I’d feel sorry for her because I know — as she seems not to have known — that few women could possibly come out looking more sympathetic or appealing as persons by inviting comparisons with Ann Romney. Breast cancer survivor, MS patient, devoted wife and, er, hard-working mother, Mrs. Romney is a woman to admire and to emulate. By comparison, Rosen seems about as small as — what’s our comparison du jour, again? oh, that’s right — an insect.

Not surprisingly, then, Romney’s handling of Rosengate has been far better than Rosen’s. While Rosen, to borrow a sarcastic phrase from Jim Treacher, shows off her expertise in damage control, Ann Romney delivers this:


What I like best about this interview is that Ann Romney saves her ire for one of Rosen’s more overlooked comments. Martha MacCallum plays a clip of the Obama insider saying this about Mitt Romney:

He seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women and I think that comes across and I think that that’s going to hurt him over the long-term because he doesn’t really see us as equals.

Ann responds with a slightly sterner voice, “Now, that does bother me.”

It bothers me, too. Just because Mitt supports stay-at-home motherhood, he doesn’t see women as equals? Sometimes, I think it’s women like Rosen who don’t think women are equal. If they did, they would recognize that it’s worth just as much to stay home with children as it is to work outside the home.

That’s true in terms of economics, too. Does Rosen not pay her daycare provider? Do we as a society not pay housecleaners, chauffeurs, teachers and nurses? Stay-at-home parents fill all these roles at one time or another. One working spouse plus one stay-at-home spouse equals one of the best possible of all economic partnerships! It’s time for Rosen and others to remember that the marketplace – in which all “working” men and women work — actually arose to satisfy the needs of the household, not the other way around.

In Hallie Lord’s excellent and entertaining book Style, Sex and Substance, contributor Rebecca Ryskind Teti explains:

There was a time when each household had to provide everything for itself. Economy, in fact, comes from the Greek word for household management, and it refers to all the activity necessary for a household to have what it needs. Each family planted crops, hunted game, spun its own cloth and so forth in a division of labor that assured that everyone in the household had what he or she needed to live well. And a household typically included not only a nuclear family, but also extended relatives and servants, because it took a lot of people to perform all the necessary tasks.

“Business” is a form of task specialization by which the household outsources to others what it used to have to do by itself. Increasing specialization of this kind has led to massive changes in social organization, but it hasn’t changed the essential nature of the activity, which is to provide households with what they need to live well. We don’t talk about economics in these terms because we have become philosophical materialists, interested only in what and how, never concerning ourselves with the questions of origin (Why does this arise?) or purpose (To what end is it ordered?). It’s not necessary for a woman to “contribute” to the world of work. The world of work exists to be sure she has what she needs for her family (emphasis mine).

So, um, actually, Mitt Romney should be asking Ann about the economy. She and other stay-at-home moms like her know it better than anyone.

Meanwhile, feminists should take a good, hard look at themselves and ask what kind of sad self-contempt it is that leads them to decry what is traditionally considered “women’s work” as somehow worth less than what is traditionally considered “man’s work.” Guess what? There are some things that women (in general — yes, I’m stereotyping here) can’t do that men can do – but the same is true in reverse. Men can’t do all that we can (especially the obvious — birth children!). Why do we as women feel so compelled to try to do what only men can do to prove our equality? They don’t feel compelled to try to birth children to prove theirs.


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Go Ann!

Rusty Allen on April 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Had to watch an ad by Progressive first. Argggghh.

faraway on April 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Sometimes, I think it’s women like Rosen who don’t think women are equal.

Their inferiority complex.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

It’s hard not to like Ann.

aniptofar on April 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Begin the backfire.

Bmore on April 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Tina, that is a fantastic post.

Romney’s camp would be very wise to take this approach.

budfox on April 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I am elevated by Ann :)

Electrongod on April 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

So, Rosen works in PR?

Lol.

tetriskid on April 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

One of your best posts Tina….

PatriotRider on April 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

So, um, actually, Mitt Romney should be asking Ann about the economy. She and other stay-at-home moms like her know it better than anyone.

…not according to the “progressive” Hilary……“Shut up Ann and iron my shirts!!!”

Baxter Greene on April 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Way to go Ann! Why hasn’t Sarah Palin gotten in on this yet?

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

So, Rosen works in PR?

Lol.

tetriskid on April 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

..that’s like putting “slow” Joe Biden in charge of the Stimulus…

……..oh wait….

Baxter Greene on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Maybe Hilary Rosen should change the name of her consulting firm to Dunn & Dumber.

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 12, 2012

steebo77 on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Romney: 1
Obama: 0

I gotta say, this is the first match-up between Romney and Obama for the regular season / general campaign (which began on Tuesday), and Team Romney is cleaning Obama’s clock. I must admit, its infinitely more enjoyable to watch Team Romney in action when they are tearing down Obama than when they are doing it to fellow Republicans. If Mitt keeps slamming the Dems’ volleys like this, the general election will be a cakewalk.

Lawdawg86 on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I like the way Ann hammers the word “choice” when talking about this.

Mitoch55 on April 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I sat here a few minutes ago and watched that retard Jay Carney talk about this. He completely deflected the question and spun his answer into how the “Ryan Budget” is going to keep teachers out of the class room and women will not have access to health care by cutting Medicare since women represent a majority of receipents. Then he said that the presidents first act in office was to sign the Lilly Ledbeder Act (sp) ensuring equal pay for women.
I found that comical considering the fact that the Daily Mail reported the other day that women who work in the WH are paid less than their male counterparts.

milwife88 on April 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

“THE ROMNEY’S HATE WOMEN WHO WORK OUTSIDE THE HOME!!!11!!!!11!!”

CDeb on April 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

This has indeed plowed up a snake for bho/team. If enough ladies, stay at home or out in the work force, give ‘hubby’ a suggestion how it would not be nice to vote for bho, things could really really backfire for bho/team on votes for him?

Women do have a way of getting their ‘way’ on things?
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letget on April 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Way to go Ann! Why hasn’t Sarah Palin gotten in on this yet?

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

…well..according to liberals…Palin is an unfit mother because she got a job ….. went on to be a Governor…..and didn’t stay at home with her kids.

………oh wait….

………….what was the liberal narrative again?????

Baxter Greene on April 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

If you use Rosen’s logic then Obama shouldn’t be able to decide on military issues because Obama was never in the military.

Ann has endured far more in life than Rosen has.

plutorocks on April 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

having technical difficulty, the video is just a black box….

anyone have a you tube link they can share.

thx.

RealMc on April 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Now the response has been made. Let it lay until the Dems open it up again. Do not continue this distraction. No unforced errors.

Bmore on April 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Also, it’s great to live on a large estate (I’m told) but it’s also a lot of work to manage all the things that need to be maintained. Even if other people are doing the work, the staff don’t hire, pay, and coordinate themselves. They also have horses that need to be taken care of.

RBMN on April 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

He seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women and I think that comes across and I think that that’s going to hurt him over the long-term because he doesn’t really see us as equals.

Yeah, that really is the laughable quote. It’s the progs/liberals who don’t see any other woman as equal if they decide:

a. Not to sacrifice their children at the altar of Planned Parenthood.

b. Not to sacrifice the well-being of their children to their career.

c. Not to defer to the goverment in how to raise and/or educate their children.

Nothing progressive about the fools on the left.

HumpBot Salvation on April 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

MITT 2012!

ourulz2000 on April 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

All right Ann! Good job! You are a true asset to Mitt.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Here’s hoping that AP puts up the Carney double down on stupid presser from a few minutes ago.

Deflecting the question and then ranting on the Paul Ryan budget is so much fun/

JPeterman on April 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I liked when Ann Romney gave a hat tip to stay at home Dads too. Very savvy.

rhombus on April 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I’m reminded of the Heinz heiress Theresa Heinz saying that former librarian and school teacher Laura Bush had never worked a day in her life.

Why do libs insist on waging this war on women?

Russ in OR on April 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Hillary Rosen: the Dem scapegoat for the 2012 election.

Something tells me that Dems did not want to let Ann Romney loose in the general public.

I’ve been for Newt, but Ann beats Calista hands down.

BuckeyeSam on April 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Way to go Ann! Why hasn’t Sarah Palin gotten in on this yet?

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I somehow think that Ann Romney doesn’t need Sarah Palin’s back up on this. It’s the first week of the campaign and already Ann has earned respect and sympathy and has come across as a class act…and stomped the left’s attack dog in the process.

Trafalgar on April 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Way to go Ann! Why hasn’t Sarah Palin gotten in on this yet?

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

At this point, does she really need? We’ve got Michele and DWS attacking Rosen at this point.

Doomberg on April 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Well done Ann.

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

feminists should take a good, hard look at themselves

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Don’t hold your breath, Tina!

“Stuck on stupid” doesn’t begin to cover their silliness.

novaculus on April 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I wish the RNC didn’t demand an apology. It makes them sound whiney. They should simply expose the Dems for what they are, illustrate who is REALLY hostile towards women’s choice and dismiss the comments considering the source. Don’t be so damned sensative. I hate agreeing with Bill Maher.

ratherbskiing on April 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

We need a few more stay at home moms or dads if you ask me. Good for Ann. It will be nice to bring a little class back into the white house.

bopbottle on April 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

And to think, if Rosen had just apologized immediately, the damaged would’ve been mitigated(pun intended) at least somewhat. Instead she’s gonna make this the story of the week instead of a momentary 24 hour news cycle blip. Hell, it’s pushed Zimmerman arrest off the front page! How is that even possible?

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

When can Ann Romney expect her Fluke-ing phone call from President Obama?

steebo77 on April 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Someone should tell Rosen that Stay-at-home moms don’t stay at home on election day.

What a moron.

batterup on April 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I like Ann more than Mitt already, but this is only the first time I’ve heard her talk about anything.

This Rosen thing looks like a Rosie-clone troll. Somebody put it back in its cage.

robertlbryant on April 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Way to go Ann! Why hasn’t Sarah Palin gotten in on this yet?

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

It takes a little longer when you have load up the plane with the neutron bomb you’re about to unload on the enemy. Flight time adds a little time too.

BuckeyeSam on April 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

“My career choice was to be a mother.” That quote alone is enough to set bitter feminists like Rosen off.

Ann Romney- Married for 42 years, mother of five, grandmother, Kept bringing the message back to jobs and the legacy of the national debt. A class act.

Hilary Rosen- Fat bitter cow with a voice more grating than fingernails on a chalkboard. Too stupid to even understand that you don’t double down on stupid by making up hypothetical waitresses in Nevada. Classless partisan whore.

Happy Nomad on April 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Ann/Mitt – 2012

Electrongod on April 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

He seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women and I think that comes across and I think that that’s going to hurt him over the long-term because he doesn’t really see us as equals.

This is a full frontal assault on their Mormon faith. Mormon’s have very traditional values in this respect. Hardly what liberals want as a successful example.

BullShooterAsInElk on April 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I wish the RNC didn’t demand an apology. It makes them sound whiney. They should simply expose the Dems for what they are, illustrate who is REALLY hostile towards women’s choice and dismiss the comments considering the source. Don’t be so damned sensative. I hate agreeing with Bill Maher.

ratherbskiing on April 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

This.

smellthecoffee on April 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Wow. Ann is remarkably well-spoken. Maybe Mitt should take her as his VP pick…

I’m still waiting for someone to shout “(Ann) Romney 2016!”

Mohonri on April 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Memo to Liberals: Don’t phuck with moms.

I wonder what the WH is scrambling to do to get this out of the news. They’re probably trying to contact the Florida prosecutor to convince her to drop the charges against Zimmerman for lack of evidence: “We need some outrageously outraged outrage…NOW!”

BuckeyeSam on April 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I’m still waiting for someone to shout “(Ann) Romney 2016!”

Mohonri on April 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

How about Ann Romney 2012?

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

feminists should take a good, hard look at themselves

That’s naughty

faraway on April 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Instead she’s gonna make this the story of the week instead of a momentary 24 hour news cycle blip. Hell, it’s pushed Zimmerman arrest off the front page! How is that even possible?

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Good thing Rosen isn’t in the PR or political strategy fields! :0

Seriously, you would think that the woman who helped gin up the phony “war on women” and prepped the slutty Sandra Fluke would be a little more smart than this ignorant cow. It was a gift for the Romney campaign both in pushing back and also in giving Ann Romney an outstanding opportunity to introduce herself to the public (first time I’ve ever heard her speak).

Happy Nomad on April 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Great article, Tina! I especially like your last sentence in it.

Cherokee on April 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I’m sooooo glad that Ann Romney has been called into the fray like this! Just as Laura Bush was at once both a tough adversary and an elegant, loving, supportive wife to her husband, so is Ann Romney.

You know how it is when you meet, befriend and grow to respect a guy’s wife through your work or whatever circles, long before you get to meet her husband? You get the idea that her husband must be a really good guy to be able to attract and hold such a great woman to be his wife, especially in a marriage of such long duration and under all of life’s stresses that we all share to one degree or another.

Well, that’s what this episode with Ann Romney has done for me. I’ll no longer be holding my nose to pull the lever for Mitt Romney in November.

Harbingeing on April 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

How about Ann Romney 2012?

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

In a way, she will be elected in 2012…she’ll have her husband’s ear to voice her opinons and ideas.

Cherokee on April 12, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Wish she was running instead.

Mr. Grump on April 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Mormons believe that marriage and family extends beyond this life. It’s in the Bible, Neither is the man without the woman or the woman without the man in the Lord. I’m 64 and I’ve been taught all my life that men are equal to women and vice versa, even if they they have different roles.

No one should order others around, scold, belittle, control or dominate the other. They should put their spouse ahead of all else as he does the same. That’s how we find out the true meaning of love and responsibility

flataffect on April 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I would bet that in addition to raising her children while battling MS and breast cancer, Anne Romney has been heavily involved in any number of charitable activities. Besides their mission work, I know both she and Mitt have been Sunday school teachers and most Mormon churches have extensive outreach programs for battered women/children as well as tutoring programs that enable high school drop outs to get their GED’s.

I doubt if the Romney’s will ever bring this up publicly, but given the money they’ve donated, I have to believe they’ve given time as well.

BettyRuth on April 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

How Much is Your Mom Worth?

Moms. We love them and for good reason. After all, they brought us into the world, raised us, taught us right from wrong and supported us in just about everything we’ve ever done. Biological? Adopted? It doesn’t matter. We owe our mothers everything.

Add It All Together and Mothers Are Worth…

After averaging the salaries of these top 10 mom jobs, we were able to calculate how much moms would earn if they actually received a paycheck for their work, including overtime pay.

Stay-at-home moms work a total of 94.7 hours a week, with a 40-hour base and 54.7 hours of overtime on their mom duties. That’s good for an annual salary of $112,962, or $17.80 an hour. But we all know the value of raising one or more people into quality human beings cannot ever be truly calculated.

News2Use on April 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Well done Ann.

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

How about Ann Romney 2012?

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Heh. :) Ed, I was wondering for a moment there if someone had taken over your username! I actually did a double-take!

Prufrock on April 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Had to watch an ad by Progressive first. Argggghh.

faraway on April 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Dude, Flo is hot!

Alberta_Patriot on April 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Hell, let Rosen keep embarassing herself! Ann did a great job in that interview.

JeffPBlues on April 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Obama sent Hilary Rosen out there to say what she did in hopes of damaging Mitt Romney’s wife so she can’t help in the campaign. Well that was a mistake. Their plan has now failed and now Obama has sent Rosen out there apologizing to Ann Romney. It is Obama and the DNC who are waging a war on women but are saying the republicans are waging the war. The dems thought they could wage a war on Sarah Palin and her family and that back fired big time and she got rich off it and more famous from it. Good for Sarah. Now Ann Romney has fought back and shown she is a very strong willed woman and hopefully women will take a second look at her husband Mitt realizing the war on women is on the dem side and not the republican side. Go Ann.

The days of slamming republican families is over! No more double standards. We are fighting back.

KCinLV on April 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Good thing Rosen isn’t in the PR or political strategy fields! :0

Seriously, you would think that the woman who helped gin up the phony “war on women” and prepped the slutty Sandra Fluke would be a little more smart than this ignorant cow. It was a gift for the Romney campaign both in pushing back and also in giving Ann Romney an outstanding opportunity to introduce herself to the public (first time I’ve ever heard her speak).

Happy Nomad on April 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I don’t think I’ve seen her in an interview before, but she’s been introducing Mittens at his primary victory speeches and she’s very good. Even before this incident, it was quite clear she was gonna be an asset to the Romney campaign. In fact, that may be why Rosen went out and made those remarks.

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I’m not generally in the business of handing out compliments. Snarky, nit-picking posts; that’s my thing. But I’m going to make a rare exception.

Tina, this is an excellent post from beginning to end.

rogaineguy on April 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I would bet that in addition to raising her children while battling MS and breast cancer, Anne Romney has been heavily involved in any number of charitable activities. Besides their mission work, I know both she and Mitt have been Sunday school teachers and most Mormon churches have extensive outreach programs for battered women/children as well as tutoring programs that enable high school drop outs to get their GED’s.

I doubt if the Romney’s will ever bring this up publicly, but given the money they’ve donated, I have to believe they’ve given time as well.

BettyRuth on April 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Not just Sunday School teachers.

As both a bishop and stake president (from 1981 to 1994), Mitt would have put in enough time during those years to qualify as a second part-time job or more. All unpaid. Ann and the rest of the family undoubtedly put in huge efforts to support this, both directly and indirectly.

Prufrock on April 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Having not seen Carney’s presser I’m assuming that above reports of his deflection are accurate. That being said, I almost can’t believe how stupid it would be of the admin not to fully send Rosen up the river. It would have looked almost centrist if Carney had said: a. Rosen was wrong to bring up Ann in the first place; b. Rosen was wrong to come within a city block of stating that a SAHM doesn’t “work”; and c. Rosen was wrong because being a state’s first lady is “work” by every possible definition of the word. Such a response would have driven this item off O’s radar almost as quickly as could have possibly been done.

That they didn’t do this speaks volumes. I wonder what secrets Rosen knows. . .

johnny alpha on April 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Well done Ann.

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Let me add to your comment.
Well done Hilary.Thanks for the free ammo.

docflash on April 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Not a fan of Mitt…

But I have become a bit of a fan of Ann.

And Mitt looks better than ever for finding her and marrying her.

Johnny 100 Pesos on April 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Ann Romney really is an apt and amazingly likeable woman. I really hope she ends up being the next First Lady.

WolvenOne on April 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Obama sent Hilary Rosen out there to say what she did in hopes of damaging Mitt Romney’s wife so she can’t help in the campaign. Well that was a mistake. Their plan has now failed and now Obama has sent Rosen out there apologizing to Ann Romney. It is Obama and the DNC who are waging a war on women but are saying the republicans are waging the war. The dems thought they could wage a war on Sarah Palin and her family and that back fired big time and she got rich off it and more famous from it. Good for Sarah. Now Ann Romney has fought back and shown she is a very strong willed woman and hopefully women will take a second look at her husband Mitt realizing the war on women is on the dem side and not the republican side. Go Ann.

The days of slamming republican families is over! No more double standards. We are fighting back.

KCinLV on April 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

This is a great post. You are right, liberals really don’t get that most Americans still aren’t buying the feminist model. We want happy, stable families with a mom and a dad. Most women really want to be mothers and they want to be married to the fathers. It is human nature; and liberals can try and try to fight it, but they will keep losing.

rockmom on April 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Let’s be clear where Rosen is coming from. My data come from her Wikipedia page, which is largely written and maintained by the woman herself. (COI much?)

She and her same-sex partner adopted a pair of twins, then separated after a few years in 2006. Sure, she’s a mom. She’s even a single mom.

If she has qualms about Ann Romney’s ability to speak for mothers in general, though… I have to say that I’d also not consider her experience typical.

Or, frankly, optimal.

Prufrock on April 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Not a fan of Mitt…

But I have become a bit of a fan of Ann.

And Mitt looks better than ever for finding her and marrying her.

Johnny 100 Pesos on April 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

There are thousands making that same observation today, and there will be millions by November. Axelrod must be throwing up.

It does make you wonder if Rosen wasn’t trying to actually start an attack on Ann, but she did it inartfully. The Dems must be very afraid of her.

rockmom on April 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I like all Tina’s posts.

I just don’t agree with them all.

gerrym51 on April 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

So, Rosen works in PR?

Lol.

tetriskid on April 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Democratic PR!

Gladtobehere on April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

If I may, I’d like to emphasize what should be the REAL lesson out of this and what I put in my post as I watched it all unfold in the wee hours last night:

…What a miserable, pretentious, arrogant, hateful, condescending piece of Democratic sheep operative.

But she didn’t start this. No, no, no, no. She restarted this ~ fanned the flames set in 1992, when another Hilary disparagingly sniffed and said:

I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.”

She’s spent the past 20 years making up for that and, do you know, until tonight it had almost worked, because so many folks on Twitter told me, “I’d forgotten that!” (While I, of course, reminded everyone in sight…)

As well as another offense a few years later of less import, but only because the offender herself was so offensive:

Teresa Heinz Kerry apologizes for Laura Bush comment

Oh, yes. All you Democratic wimmens are so worldly, so wise…so coolsers. I’m surprised you can see your feet over your noses, as high as you have them in the air around, well, the rest of us commoners. Lucky for us you deign to lead, but every village has its idiots and witch doctors.

What I would like to see is everyone reminded of the peculiar love the Democratic women nurture in their bosoms for the stay-at-home-Mom. Tweak people’s memories about just how connected those saavy, spectacled thirty somethings on TV are to their REAL lives when the “War on Women” comes up. It’s not just that Ann Romney can birth five sons, keep the house clean, know what a cabbage at Publix costs and make a PTA meeting, but that even without a “paystub”, Mitt Romney considers his wife his PARTNER. Not his CHATTEL. Not his paid-less-than-the-guys female employee in the Obama White House. Not seniority based on earnings.

They are FULL PARTNERS in a beautiful, RESPECTFUL marriage and a surrogate for the DEMOCRATIC PARTY ATTACKED THAT TONIGHT.

Oh, it’s a war, alright. But I have a feeling they should be thinking more like Yamamoto after Pearl Harbor.

Instead of a self contratulatory Hag Dance…or whatever’s trendy for libs these days.

tree hugging sister on April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

It’s good to know that if Mit is elected we get Ann as V.P. even if she does not have the title.

aceinstall on April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Wow.

How refreshing is it to hear someone that is so contrite, appreciative and simple in their perspective? I think Ann just related to about 90% of America in that dialogue. She sounds like most of my neighbors and friends.

The more I hear the Romney’s, the more they seem less like the demons many are making them out to be.

I think Mitt will make an excellent President and Mrs. Romney a stellar First Lady. This is exactly what our country needs.

Marcus Traianus on April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Rosen’s comment this morning…”this isn’t about Ann Romney”…WTH?!? YES IT IS!! Her idiotic diatribe last night was specifically about Ann Romney. Liberals are such idiots…they are just incapable of keeping their mouths shut. I hope Rosen is buried because of this…

Ltlgeneral64 on April 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

This crap is just getting started- the leftists and their media think people are going to be so stupid that they can be manipulated by this crap and much worse to come. Most democrites probably do.

But if the Rs respond adequately, after the lefties blow their wad for November- they will be exposed bare naked – just like their Emperor.

FlaMurph on April 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I love it when lesbians who have kids with their lesbian partners from sperm donors preach to me about what a family should be like.

TheBlueSite on April 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Go Ann Go!

gophergirl on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Forgive me if this has been mentioned already, but Michelle Malkin has a must-read:

Here’s who Democrat hitwoman Hilary Rosen visited at the White House, including at least 5 POTUS meetings

By Michelle Malkin • April 12, 2012 10:57 AM

ITguy on April 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

feminists should take a good, hard look at themselves

Ick.

Bmore on April 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Well done Ann.

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

How about Ann Romney 2012?

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Who are you and what have you done with angryed?

Gunlock Bill on April 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Sometimes, I think it’s women like Rosen who don’t think women are equal. If they did, they would recognize that it’s worth just as much to stay home with children as it is to work outside the home.

Exactly.

If you examine the common, baseline assumptions needed to make modern feminist arguments, they all boil down to the belief that clocking into an office five days a week is somehow an inherently more worthwhile undertaking for women (or anyone, really) than child-rearing.

KellyBomelly on April 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Well, that’s what this episode with Ann Romney has done for me. I’ll no longer be holding my nose to pull the lever for Mitt Romney in November.

Harbingeing on April 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I’ll still be holding my nose, since I’ve got to vote for Mitt and not Ann.

Gladtobehere on April 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Rosen’s comment this morning…”this isn’t about Ann Romney”…

Ltlgeneral64

That’s odd, since last night she was explaining exactly WHY IT WAS ABOUT Ann Romney…and it was ALL MITT’S FAULT, don’t you know!

From Rosen’s HuffPo piece last night:

Why does this even matter? It matters purely because Mitt Romney put the issue of his wife’s views squarely on the table.

She must have forgotten THIS MORNING she wrote that LAST NIGHT and published it ONLINE LAST NIGHT.

It WAS late. I know. I was up reading her stuff.

tree hugging sister on April 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I think I Iike her more than her husband

oldleprechaun on April 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

If they did, they would recognize that it’s worth just as much to stay home with children as it is to work outside the home.

My wife says it’s worth more to stay home with children as it is to work outside the home.

My children and I agree.

rukiddingme on April 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

It is all very simple. Liberal children do not hate women, they just hate married mothers.

ClassicCon on April 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Has Obama called Ann Romney to offer his sympathies yet?

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Just because Mitt supports stay-at-home motherhood, he doesn’t see women as equals? Sometimes, I think it’s women like Rosen who don’t think women are equal. If they did, they would recognize that it’s worth just as much to stay home with children as it is to work outside the home.

Exactly. But liberals don’t see it that way. They don’t see women as having the choice, just like men do, of deciding how they want to spend their lives. They see them as another victim/minority group that’s being oppressed or self hating if they don’t do exactly what their liberal overlords-sorry, teachers and role models tell them they should do.

Cyhort on April 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Nice take down, Treacher.

John the Libertarian on April 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

ITguy on April 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Great Michelle link, thanks. This is obviously coming from a White House insider. Rosen’s “faux outrage” double-down is just classic. It’s like these people have become an army of Pauline Kaels. They simply don’t know anyone in the American majority that doesn’t see everything the way they do.

J.E. Dyer on April 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

If women stay home and raise their own children they wont need govt schools to do it. If they feed their children they wont need Michelle Obama to tell them what to eat. Hmmm

ldbgcoleman on April 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

It’s good to know that if Mit is elected we get Ann as V.P. even if she does not have the title.

aceinstall on April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

“We are The President.”

The Other Hillary, 1993.

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

From wiki’s Hillary Rosen page:

This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia’s deletion policy.

Reasons?

This article or section reads like a news release, or is otherwise written in an overly promotional tone.

This article is an autobiography, or has been extensively edited by the subject or an institution related to the subject.

Ouch!

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I didn’t see it, but I heard that when that weasel Carney was asked about Rosen’s dozens of visits to the White House, he tried to deflect it by saying he knows at least three women named Hilary Rosen. Sure you do, weasel and every one of them visited the WH at least 11 times.

swinia sutki on April 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

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