Awww: Rosen declines spot on Meet the Press

posted at 12:11 pm on April 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It looks like one progressive strategist has finally learned the First Rule of Holes.  Earlier, NBC had announced that Hilary Rosen would square off against Rep. Michele Bachmann on Meet the Press this Sunday, which would have been “almost inexplicable,” as Jennifer Rubin wrote a short while ago.  Did Democrats really want to extend this argument throughout the weekend?

Apparently not (via The Corner):

“Not going on #MTP this weekend. I’m going to be a mom who stays home.”

Rubin put the initial decision to appear on MTP in proper perspective:

There is no good that can come of this for Obama. Even if Rosen is repentant the story gets new oxygen. And if she, as is likely, says, “I am sorry, but. . .” and then continues to claim that Ann Romney, who is a cancer survivor and MS patient, doesn’t understand ordinary voters or that Republicans don’t understand women, the backlash will continue.

So why is she doing it? As a PR professional, doesn’t she understand the folly of her dragging out the story? A sympathetic Republican official told me if it were he, he’d sure want to “clear my name” and preserve his professional credibility. “What does Rosen tell her PR clients? ‘This is how I handled it’ [when she was the subject of a PR disaster].”

Yes, this episode hasn’t exactly been a resume-builder for Rosen.  There is already some grumbling about Rosen’s resume-building among Democrats anyway, as Politico’s Ben White reported in his e-mail blast Money Matters this morning:

EXCLUSIVE: ROSEN FIASCO EXTENDS W.H. GENDER WARS – Per a senior Dem: “Serious Dem operatives are aghast at Hilary Rosen’s misguided attack on Ann Romney’s work history. She and others at PR firm SKD Knickerbocker have represented many clients that have raised hackles with senior White House staff. It’s an open secret in the Dem consultant community that SKD has been signing up clients based on ‘perceived White House access’ tied to prior relationships and employment. An example is the Gerson Lehrman Group, the NY based international firm that is a broker for consultants to the business community, but there are many others. …

“A sure sign of WH displeasure is the strong and fast repudiation of Rosen’s remarks by David Axelrod and other staffers. Rosen’s [initial] refusal to apologize in the face of a WH request to do so was seen by senior aides as a maddening example of political freelancing and self-promotion that only undermines the president and his re-election effort …. Remember when Anita Dunn made a splash about the ‘male dominated’ WH? She and Hillary are pitching clients at SKD together. Hilary’s refusal to cowtow [sic] to the (so far) male voices in the WH and campaign trying to rein her in is a continuation of those WH gender wars.”

Well, the “perceived White House access” seems accurate enough.  Hilary B. Rosen visited the White House at least 35 times in the past three years, including at least five meetings with President Barack Obama himself, and more with inner-circle members David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett.  Not too many people have that kind of access to a President even once.  Spinning it now as “perceived access” looks more like a dodge to distance Rosen from POTUS.

That brings up another question.  Did Rosen back out on her own, or did someone in that inner circle tell her to clam up, as Ben White reported above?  Is the White House silencing women now?  I’m sure NOW will be all over that.

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We know they have been working on this war on women campaign since before the primary debates based on George S.’s question regarding banning contraceptives to Romney. Who knows, it might have been Hilary Rosen’s or Debbie Downer’s idea in the first place. Sandra Fluke’s testimony wasn’t a fluke (pun intended), and they had to get Nancy Pelosi onboard during that time as well. Lots of time, money and resources spent on this campaign, and all they’ve got to show for it so far is the Catholic church suing them and their own war against women exposed, not to mention Obamacare might be overturned. Right now, it sucks to be them.

lea on April 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

out of touch president this country has probably ever had…

jimver on April 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM

You got that right. And yea, let them keep on blathering but at some point this is going to fade away and Mr. President will be left with only his miserable record to defend. That won’t be pretty either.

scalleywag on April 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Right now, it sucks to be them.

lea on April 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Pelosi was using it to recruit campaign contributions months ago, so they were probably trying to fuel the meme with Rosen’s comments and now they can’t put out the flames! That would make a great GOP ad!

scalleywag on April 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I like ‘em with lots of flesh.

I’d like to plant a big wet one on her. Really. She’s not all that bad looking.

Ed Snyder on April 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Hang a necktie on your doorknob so no one has to walk in on that.

Chuck Schick on April 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Anyone who thinks this wasn’t cooked up inthe white house by king Obama himself is retarded.

Face it, Obama is a doofus who thinks he is smart.

It won’t turn out well, all this hubris and no chops.

Lonetown on April 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Just in case you thought that Rosen’s attack was a slap at Ann Romney’s wealth, take a look at what these male chauvinist pig had to write over at Mother Jones:

“I don’t blame Ann Romney for marrying a man whose salary and family wealth made it such that she didn’t have to work.

I do blame Ann Romney, Axelrod, and everyone else who has tried to imply that women who are housewives, domestic engineers, or whatever other in-vogue term they are being called today, work as hard as women who for whatever reasons (financial need or personal ambition) work outside of the home.

– Stephen Robert Morse

Make no mistake, the Left looks down on women, who stay at home and take care of their children. They look at those women as traitors to the “Womyn’s Rights” movement.

Feminists are pro-choice if you want to abort Trig Palin, but not if you want to give birth to him.

Feminists are pro-choice if you want to have a career outside of the home, but not if you choose to be a full-time mum.

Yes, Hillary could have stayed home and baked cookies and held teas, but, instead, she got a law degree and married a politically-ambitious man (according to her). She’s to be applauded for that we were told. A STAH mum was just not as sophisticated. Now, this time around, this Hilary could stay at home with her adopted twins while her lesbian partner worked and that was fine. It was a “different” kind of family so it was applauded. But, Ms Rosen looks with sneering and smug contempt upon the choice that Ann Romney made. Evidently, she has some male, chauvinist pig friends that agree with her.

Resist We Much on April 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Can we at least put an RFID chip on this Hilary Rosen to make sure we keep track of the right one?

EMD on April 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Hilary Rosen is jealous of Ann Romney because she (Ann) represents what a real woman should be – A supporting wife, a mother, and a woman who is willing to bring her own children into this world and raise with them morals. And while doing this she battled two horrendous diseases (Mitt is certainly nothing like John Edwards, eh?). I now have renewed respect and admiration for the Romney family. God bless them and God Bless America!

Cherokee on April 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Hmmm, the Republican War on Women. Under whose watch are single mothers on a tight budget paying $4.00 a gallon for gas?

nico on April 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM

If only liberals had pretended to show compassion for Bill Clinton’s victims…

Roy Rogers on April 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM

First unknowing bystander…
That gal sure does have big feet. It’s amazing that she got one all the way in her mouth like that.
Second unknowing bystander…
It’ll be even more amazing if she can get it back out again.

RalphyBoy on April 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Hang a necktie on your doorknob so no one has to walk in on that.

Chuck Schick on April 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM


Tim_CA on April 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Anyone who thinks this wasn’t cooked up inthe white house by king Obama himself is retarded.

Face it, Obama is a doofus who thinks he is smart.

It won’t turn out well, all this hubris and no chops.

Lonetown on April 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

He DID cook it up when he said Mitch didn’t have the ‘luxury’ of staying home while he worked.

So, think about it. Rosen comes out and does her squawking point, it backfires and Present-dunce Obama throws her under the bus.

So what does that do? Alienates Present-dunce Obama with the LGBT society. And after his TrayVon comments we have good samaritans being stomped in the street with tee shirts that have his slogan “If I had a son he’d look like TrayVon”… so he’s further alienated Whites. Then, his attack on a “White Hispanic” has alienated him from the latino base.

Obama. Loser.

Key West Reader on April 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Hilary B. Rosen visited the White House at least 35 times in the past three years, including at least five meetings with President Barack Obama himself…

But, are you sure that was the same Hilary B. Rosen?!? I know of someone who personally knows several Hilary B. Rosens. /sarc

KS Rex on April 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM


I’d say Ann Romney has a lot of managerial experience.

What the Lefties mean is that she didn’t have to pay dues to a union or something. Perhaps because she didn’t receive welfare payments instead of working, like so many Dem voters. Or perhaps because she wasn’t “employed” by someone.

Of course, she IS the CEO of the Romney household. Manages budgets and scheduling, etc, etc. I’d rather hire a “mom” that raised five great kids who was coming into the marketplace because I know she has skills. Organization. BS Detection. The list goes on.

I guess we must be careful, because if Obama is elected, some union goon is going to try to make all stay at home moms members of their union. Sort of like when you take care of your neighbor’s kid for an afternoon…you suddenly become a daycare institution.

Let’s hope the hits against Obama and his cronies continues. Chip away, one voter at a time….

ProfShadow on April 13, 2012 at 7:01 PM

What a buch of losers.

newportmike on April 14, 2012 at 6:48 AM

From John Nolte/Breitbart
The Obama campaign would have us believe that last night on CNN Obama advisor and frequent White House guest, Hilary Rosen, spoke out of turn with her indefensible attack on Ann Romney and every woman who chooses to stay home and raise her family. But in a speech last Friday at “The White House Forum on Women and the Economy,” President Obama seemed to be laying the groundwork for exactly this attack.
By last Friday, it was already apparent that the only thing stopping Mitt Romney from becoming the GOP presidential nominee were mere formalities, and talk had already begun among Obama’s media allies that Ann Romney, the wife of our likely nominee, was going to be a huge asset for the Republican ticket. Attractive, charismatic, warm, well-spoken, intelligent, and likeable on sight, she would do much to not only soften her husband’s edges but also to help shore up the so-called gender gap.
As we’ve all seen since President Obama stabbed the Catholic Church in the back a couple of months ago, Obama is cynically plotting a path to re-election through a phony “war on women.” Because he can’t run on a failed record, the White House and the media are hoping this divisive tactic will scare enough women into voting against Romney.
When that’s your sinister plot, a woman like Ann Romney is a serious problem.
So last night on CNN, Hilary Rosen attacked Ms. Romney. But almost immediately afterward, the Obama campaign assured us Rosen doesn’t speak for them.
Obama might suck as a president, but when it comes to campaigning and message discipline, this White House knows what it’s doing (it doesn’t hurt to have the MSM carrying your water, either). Speaking of his wife Michelle just a few days prior to Rosen’s attack, President Obama launched a little theme that should sound familiar after last night’s fireworks:
“And once Michelle and I had our girls, she gave it her all to balance raising a family and pursuing a career–and something that could be very difficult on her, because I was gone a lot.
“Once I was in the state legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I’d be traveling,” he said. “And we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work.”
Oh, boo-hoo for the Harvard graduate.

Bambi on April 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM


ultracon on April 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

O.K., now isn’t this pork-chop’s 15 minutes of fame up yet? Throw her onto the Obama-diversion heap along with Fluke, Louis Gates, and all the rest.

minnesoter on April 15, 2012 at 9:13 PM

guess Politico decided not to extend #WarOnWomen by taking down it’s article:


mathewsjw on April 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM