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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translation: i said something really stupid, and then something really stupider so now i’m tucking my tail between my legs and running to hide.

chasdal on April 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

My collie says:

Brave Sir Hilary ran away.

CyberCipher on April 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Debbie Downer has her chained to the radiator.

katy the mean old lady on April 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

“Not going on #MTP this weekend. I’m going to be looking for a new career after all my fantastic work on Obamacare, the BP oil spill, and attacking Ann Romney.”

Resist We Much on April 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Are the Democrats declaring and internal war on their female pundits now?

Good Lt on April 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

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?

Ed,

Its bad form to end a blogpost with a rhetorical question. The real question here is who shut her up?

BobMbx on April 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Meet the Press is hosted by a man – you know?

jake-the-goose on April 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

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.”

That’s got kind of a nice ring to it.

a capella on April 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Sad, a liberal feminist who can’t stand her ground.

upinak on April 13, 2012 at 12:19 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, and more with inner-circle members David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett.

She may have only visited the place about 12 times, Ed. You see, there are two other gals named “Hilary B. Rosen” running around out there that can account for the other 23 visits.

numbers.

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Brave Sir Hilary ran away.

CyberCipher on April 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I don’t think thats possible. Have you seen her from the neck down?

BobMbx on April 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Did Democrats really want to extend this argument throughout the weekend?

Apparently, that broad from NOW has no problem with that.

My collie says:

Brave Sir Hilary ran away.

CyberCipher on April 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

And there was much rejoicing.

sage0925 on April 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Does anyone else think the end of this is snarky? I am going to be a mom that stays home… hmmmmm, after I just doubled down on stupid about another mom that says home.

momof2 on April 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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

but…how is she going to ‘gain the perspective to relate to working women’ if she engages in something as fiendish as that?

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

So why is she doing it? As a PR professional, doesn’t she understand the folly of her dragging out the story?

Probably, but she wasn’t following her own advice. It’s why a doctor should go to another doctor when ill and a lawyer should hire another lawyer if they get arrested.

Oh well, somebody from the Regime headed her off at the pass no doubt.

forest on April 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

OMG, let’s get this straight…you are not a mom! You are a scorned lesbian that chose an atypical lifestyle, which is fine, but also chose to pick a couple of kids along the way. That does not make you a mom. And, now that your “partner” dumped you, based on your definition, which one really is the mom? Curious minds want to know.

BigAnge on April 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

She probably wants to hang on to her job outside the home. Or else spend more time with her family.

de rigueur on April 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Sad, a liberal feminist who can’t stand her ground.

upinak on April 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Very hard with 2 broken legs and all that duct tape across her mouth.

katy the mean old lady on April 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Are the Democrats declaring and internal war on their female pundits now?

Good Lt on April 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Yep. Sounds like an extension of the war on women.

a capella on April 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Has anyone asked Anita Dunn her views on this matter..? We need to hear from her.

d1carter on April 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Is the White House silencing women now?

Keep your duff in the kitchen, woman!!!! And tell that to your other two sisters named Hilary B. Rosen as well!!!
/Jay Carney

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Not to mention the fact that Bachmann would have destroyed her.

cicerone on April 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Does anyone else think the end of this is snarky? I am going to be a mom that stays home… hmmmmm, after I just doubled down on stupid about another mom that says home.

momof2 on April 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I thought the same thing. She just can’t help herself.

GOPRanknFile on April 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

She probably wants to hang on to her job outside the home. Or else spend more time with her family.

de rigueur on April 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

she has a family? What is it, a German shepherd?

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Has anyone asked Anita Dunn her views on this matter..? We need to hear from her.

d1carter on April 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

She’s consulting with Mao on the subject. She’ll make an announcement soon.

forest on April 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Very hard with 2 broken legs and all that duct tape across her mouth.

katy the mean old lady on April 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

1. she did it to herself. How can one woman be so farking stupid?
2. She deserves everything thrown at her.
3. I am enjoying watching them pick up the poop the Dems are throwing, and still throwing.

upinak on April 13, 2012 at 12:24 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, and more with inner-circle members David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett.

Funny how the majority of people who are “distancing” themselves from her work in the WH, a place where she may or may not have visited 35 times.

BobMbx on April 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Has anyone asked Anita Dunn her views on this matter..? We need to hear from her.

d1carter on April 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Just as soon as she finds the appropriate quote from Chairman Mao’s little red book…

cicerone on April 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

she has a family? What is it, a German shepherd?

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Serpents

BobMbx on April 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

cicerone on April 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I agree, Michele would make mince meat out of that gal? That would almost be a pay per view those two going at it?
L

letget on April 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Rosen declines spot on Meet the Press

I hear the new Black Panther Party needs a new gig. Maybe they can drag her into the pressroom.

Rovin on April 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Spinning it now as “perceived access” looks more like a dodge to distance Rosen from POTUS.

thirty-five times…..
that’s once daily for FIVE weeks….longer than most courses of antibiotics…
that’s five days a week for seven weeks….

dude?!? that’s a part-time job or something.

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I’d hit it.

Lorien, how about you?

UltimateBob on April 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Perversion always leads to catastrophe.

senrex on April 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

FOXN poll shows Obama losing the gender wars compared w/ 2008:
http://perceptionasreality.blogspot.com/2012/04/gender-gap-president-election-exit.html

mjbrooks3 on April 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I agree, Michele would make mince meat out of that gal? That would almost be a pay per view those two going at it?
L

letget on April 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Absolutely! But it would also be a disappointment to pay all that money only to see Rosen knocked out in the first 15 seconds. On second thought…yeah, it would still be totally worth it! lol

cicerone on April 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

1. she did it to herself. How can one woman be so farking stupid?

upinak on April 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

It’s a mind set. She probably still doesn’t have a clue about why it backfired.

katy the mean old lady on April 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

numbers.

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Here are those with whom she met:

Baghdad Jay: “Hilary, You Ignorant Slut. Would You Please Shut Up?”

:-)

Resist We Much on April 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

she has a family? What is it, a German shepherd?

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

She did. Her she-husband broke up with her and I believe they are now in a custody battle. They adopted 2 children.

http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Hilary-Rosen-Family-Picture-300×225.jpg

BigAnge on April 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Spinning it now as “perceived access” looks more like a dodge to distance Rosen from POTUS.

Well it depends what the meaning of “perceive” and “access” is. And, also, how many Hilary Rosens there are. Insider sources tell me that there are at least three. Any one of those women could be perceived to have access to the White House. Maybe one of them will go on the weekend news shows to set the record straight about how many times she has been to the White House just innocently visiting and, you know, totally not having access to the president and stuff.

Lily on April 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM

She may have only visited the place about 12 times, Ed. You see, there are two other gals named “Hilary B. Rosen” running around out there that can account for the other 23 visits.

numbers.

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

One of them must be her evil twin.

Finbar on April 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

That evil Rush Limbaugh just donated 400k to charity…

Wagthatdog on April 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

This whole episode reminds me of a quote:

“We’re gonna listen to every word that comes out of your mouth, and we’re gonna hold you to the same standard that you hold us–which is an impossible one.” Andrew Breitbart – CPAC 2012

The response from the Right on this has given me the best feeling of hope that I’ve had since the 2010 elections. Seeing liberals EXPLODE with hate on Twitter is a guilty pleasure.

We need to keep troops on the ground (and in the social media) and keep pounding them at every turn.

**********************************

BTW…Please follow me on Facebook (click my name) and on Twitter @gadsdenrattlers. We need to support each other.

GadsdenRattlers on April 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

It’s a mind set. She probably still doesn’t have a clue about why it backfired.

katy the mean old lady on April 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

She knows exactly what she did and got her marching orders straight out of the White House to pull this stunt. Don’t believe the faux outrage coming from Axelturd and Debbie Downer, it was all part of the plan.

JPeterman on April 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

It’s a mind set. She probably still doesn’t have a clue about why it backfired.

katy the mean old lady on April 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

That’s what I find so entertaining about this story. She went on CNN to make the claim that the Romneys were too rich to be in touch with “real Americans.” The line about Ann Romney never having had a job was supposed to be a throw-away comment. And she still doesn’t understand why she single-handedly scuttled the whole war on women meme.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Awww shucks. I was afraid that was too good to be true.

Now, will NBC decide to cancel Bachmann. If not, will the WH strong arm NBC into cancelling her?

Palin: Rosen awakened ‘Mama Grizzlies’

petefrt on April 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I guess it would be really, really hard to do TeeVee from under Obama’s bus…

http://www.michellesmirror.com/2012/04/failure-to-launch-what-fluke-is-going.html

NOBO2012 on April 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Awww – democrat spokeswoman who hates mothers, and hates being a mother, forced to stay at home with her kids for a day by democrats who are becoming concerned that the public might be catching onto the fact that democrats hate mothers, and hate being mothers.

What a touching story.

Pork-Chop on April 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Spinning it now as “perceived access” looks more like a dodge to distance Rosen from POTUS.

10.13.09: Met with POTUS.

10.28.09: Met with POTUS.

12.10.10: Met with POTUS.

02.02.11: Met with Obama bundler and top aide to both POTUS and FLOTUS, Tina Tchen.

02.24.11: Met with POTUS.

“Perceived access”? Phooey! If any of us want any access to Obama, we have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to buy a plate at a rubber chicken fundraiser for his campaign.

Resist We Much on April 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Who the fluke is this wretch?

EnglishRogue on April 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

02.02.11: Met with Obama bundler and top aide to both POTUS and FLOTUS, Tina Tchen.

12.07.11: Met w/POTUS and Marie Aberger, White House press assistant.

Resist We Much on April 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

is the White House silencing women now?

Haha, I think AP is rubbing off on Ed. Not that that’s a bad thing mind you.

Ghost Writer on April 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

So why is she doing it? As a PR professional, doesn’t she understand the folly of her dragging out the story?

While Rubin’s question in a sane world would be valid, he’s forgetting that Dem rules don’t apply to eletist Dem’s….they just apply to everyone else.

Tim_CA on April 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

this is part of the democratic war on the family. Mothers, kids, and they just ignore fathers because they are afraid of men who act like fathers.

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Palin: Rosen awakened ‘Mama Grizzlies’

petefrt on April 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Our side has mama grizzlies. Their side just has “gristly.”

CurtZHP on April 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Scott Johnson at Power Line:

the coldness and dispatch with which the Obama administration/campaign apparatus has thrown Rosen under the bus is a chilling study in cynicism and detachment.

And his PL colleague John Hinderaker this morning compared Rosengate to the failed North Korean missile launch.

Del Dolemonte on April 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I don’t think thats possible. Have you seen her from the neck down?

BobMbx on April 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Link didn’t work. Are we talking whiskey barrel shape here?

arnold ziffel on April 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Jay Carney: I don’t know Hilary Rosen. I know three personally. So I’m not sure that those represent the person we’re talking about.
Reporter: But what about this credit card receipt for a dinner at a Swedish-restaurant with Hilary B. Rosen that has your signature?
Jay Carney: I’m telling ya baby, that’s not mine.
Reporter: But what about this photo of you with Ms Rosen at the Swedish restaurant.
Jay Carney: I don’t even know who she is! I don’t shag with that kind of baby.
Reporter: Any comment on this note written in your handwriting that begins: “To my close personal friend Hilary B. Rosen. I hope you enjoyed our Swedish dinner last evening. I really like to shag with you, baby…”

aunursa on April 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Jay Carney: I don’t know Hilary Rosen. I know three personally. So I’m not sure that those represent the person we’re talking about.
Reporter: But what about this credit card receipt for a dinner at a Swedish-restaurant with Hilary B. Rosen that has your signature?
Jay Carney: I’m telling ya baby, that’s not mine.
Reporter: But what about this photo of you with Ms Rosen at the Swedish restaurant.
Jay Carney: I don’t even know who she is! I don’t shag with that kind of baby.
Reporter: Any comment on this note written in your handwriting that begins: “To my close personal friend Hilary B. Rosen. I hope you enjoyed our Swedish dinner last evening. I really like to shag with you, baby…”

Thank you for this!

GadsdenRattlers on April 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

BigAnge @ 12:21 PM

RightOn,RightOn,RightOn.

+100

teacherman on April 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Brave Sir Hilary ran away.

CyberCipher on April 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I don’t think thats possible. Have you seen her from the neck down?

BobMbx on April 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I’m not sure of the proper term of how a slug moves. Slither maybe. However they move, you can see where they have been by the slime trail they leave behind.

Is the White House silencing women now?

WH to Hilary: It sure would be a shame if we accidentally spilled some salt on you.

PrettyD_Vicious on April 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Are they any images of Rosen where it doesn’t look like she’s pinching one off???

Chuck Schick on April 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Our side has mama grizzlies. Their side just has “gristly.”

CurtZHP on April 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Their side has ROSIE ODONNELL.

FIFY

ToddPA on April 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

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

Hmm. Looks to me this is another dig at stay at home moms in a backhanded way.

jazzmo on April 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Rosen would square off against Rep. Michele Bachmann on Meet the Press this Sunday

So, will Obama allow NBC to keep Bachmann?

faraway on April 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Are they any images of Rosen where it doesn’t look like she’s pinching one off???

Chuck Schick on April 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Do you have any idea how much it hurts to shoot an ice cube out of your nose?

Thanks. No, really. Thanks.

CurtZHP on April 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Link didn’t work. Are we talking whiskey barrel shape here?

arnold ziffel on April 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Lets put it this way. When she moves about the country, the USGS requires her to provide an itinerary to the earthquake division so they can respond to the “Did you feel it?” reports accurately.

BobMbx on April 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM

She’s consulting with Mao on the subject. She’ll make an announcement soon.

forest on April 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

That reminds me, a new group popped up on Facebook yesterday in response to Hilary’s comments.

Moms Against Obama

btw, have you heard the new meme that’s being pushed by the left’s rank and file?

If you’re a married SAHM they’re equating you to a prostitute because you “put out” for your room and board.

Our own little libfreeordie used that analogy in a headline thread earlier. When I challenged him to tell that to Mrs. Obama because her father worked while her mother was a full-time homemaker, he didn’t respond to me.

Flora Duh on April 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Has anyone asked Anita Dunn her views on this matter..?

For some reason when I see her speak I think of the story about them feeding Mr. Ed peanut butter to make it look like he’s talking.

DanMan on April 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

http://www.michellesmirror.com/2012/04/failure-to-launch-what-fluke-is-going.html

NOBO2012 on April 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Michelle’s Mirror is always funny. This one is priceless.

“Alinsky works for us now.”

petefrt on April 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Hmm. Looks to me this is another dig at stay at home moms in a backhanded way.

jazzmo on April 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

That’s how I take it, especially after her performance on Blitz. She sincerely believes what she originally said.

dogsoldier on April 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Our own little libfreeordie used that analogy in a headline thread earlier. When I challenged him to tell that to Mrs. Obama because her father worked while her mother was a full-time homemaker, he didn’t respond to me.

Flora Duh on April 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

He melted down on the NOW thread, after expressing an epiphany.

dogsoldier on April 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Apart from her idiot opinions, and at the risk–aw who gives a shit, I’m old and I’ll die soon anyway–of the brickbats to follow…

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

This is what happens when someone is too lazy to do their background research on the person they intend to smear. The left is so used to accepting their talking points of the day and not questioning the premise they are told to support. That they can’t think for themselves is the reason they are so easily beaten in the war of ideas.

Kissmygrits on April 13, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I’m sure Obama toady Barbara Walters will be offering Fluke-up Rosen a damage control spot on The View any moment now…

If not, DNC pawn Bob Schieffer could always wear a dress and shill for her there and it’s doubtful many would notice the change. Whoopi might even hit on him / her / it.

viking01 on April 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Apart from her idiot opinions, and at the risk–aw who gives a shit, I’m old and I’ll die soon anyway–of the brickbats to follow…

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

She’s all yours.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

The “War on Women” Is Over
The life cycle of a political talking point, from birth to adolescence to death

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2012/04/hilary_rosen_ann_romney_the_birth_adolescence_and_death_of_the_democrats_war_on_women_talking_point_.single.html

A moment of silence, please, for a talking point that was taken too soon. The “war on women” began its life in a February 2011 House speech about abortion. After a short life as a Democratic hobby horse, it died during the second week of April 2012. The cause of death: Rosengate, the latest and least explicable battle in the Umbrage Wars.

Galt2009 on April 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Ed,

Its bad form to end a blogpost with a rhetorical question. The real question here is who shut her up?

BobMbx on April 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Messina/Axelrod…I always think of them as two halves of the same (weak) brain…

jimver on April 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

The truth is that women like Hilary seem to hate women who work inside the home. Obviously because they made a choice she didn’t make. For a woman all about women’s rights, this seems like a really stupid way to think.

Which is what makes her a lib.

goflyers on April 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

She was told to STHU. That’s my bet. What a joke this administration is. They’re so busy trying to smear republicans they can’t conceive of passing a budget, deal effectively with foreign policy issues, or God forbid do anything to get our economy going again. What a waste. Think of what someone competent, someone who has actually governed, could have accomplished over the past 3 years.

scalleywag on April 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

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

Political freelancing and self-promotion? No, we certainly can’t have that…Not when Obama’s gonna have his hands full trying to dupe the electorate into re-electing him.

eyedoc on April 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM

She’s consulting with Mao on the subject. She’ll make an announcement soon.

forest on April 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

If her contacts are still warm, I believe the Norks could use a little PR help. What with her firm’s experience in handling volatile materials and all.

Barnestormer on April 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Not going on #MTP this weekend. I’m going to be looking for a new career after all my fantastic work on Obamacare, the BP oil spill, and attacking Ann Romney.”

Resist We Much on April 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

you forgot the Napster episode…she made millions from destroying Napster basically…so she can afford now to be a stay home mom…which raises the question, how does she relate to the millions of ‘struggling mothers’ across America making 2 millions bucks a year??? tzk, tzk, tzk, hypocrisy, thy name is Hilary (with one ‘l’)…

jimver on April 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I wonder how many WH parties Hilary B. Rosen attended. Or did she have to slip in with those infamous party crashers?

onlineanalyst on April 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

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.

Liberal cannibalism is never a pretty thing to watch.

Dr Evil on April 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Apart from her idiot opinions, and at the risk–aw who gives a shit, I’m old and I’ll die soon anyway–of the brickbats to follow…

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

Well, Ed Snyder, maybe all that Hilary B. Snyder needs is the love of a good man to set her straight. Get Jay Carney to determine which one you want. He has three to choose from.

onlineanalyst on April 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

She was told to STHU. That’s my bet. What a joke this administration is. They’re so busy trying to smear republicans they can’t conceive of passing a budget, deal effectively with foreign policy issues, or God forbid do anything to get our economy going again. What a waste. Think of what someone competent, someone who has actually governed, could have accomplished over the past 3 years.

scalleywag on April 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Governing (at least the way we view governing) was never the point. They hoped they could fake their way through one term,then use a second term (when “flexibility” could be maximized) to totally transform America into something none of us ever wanted.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

She was told to STHU.

scalleywag on April 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Sure she was. She told MTP she would appear, did she not? She was intending to defend herself. Someone changed her mind for her.

Dollar to donut says now NBC will cancel Bachmann, either with or without WH pressure to do so.

Too bad. I had stocked up on extra popcorn.

petefrt on April 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM

She was told to STHU. That’s my bet. What a joke this administration is. They’re so busy trying to smear republicans they can’t conceive of passing a budget, deal effectively with foreign policy issues, or God forbid do anything to get our economy going again. What a waste. Think of what someone competent, someone who has actually governed, could have accomplished over the past 3 years.

scalleywag on April 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

the thing is I don’t mind if their own stupidity is going to keep them on a defensive the whole campaign cycle…each time their faux/manufactured issues (see the ‘Republican war on women’, etc) backlash and they have to go in full damage control mode and on defensive is a gain for Rommney campaign who can focus on the real issues and hammer 0 on his mind boggling incompetence and out-of-touchness..it amuses me that their problem is that Ann Romney is out of touch, when that blathering idiot occupying WH currently (hopefully not for long)is the most out of touch president this country has probably ever had…

jimver on April 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Are the Democrats declaring and internal war on their female pundits now?

Good Lt on April 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Free all the Hilarys!

Fallon on April 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I wonder how many WH parties Hilary B. Rosen attended. Or did she have to slip in with those infamous party crashers?

onlineanalyst on April 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

hmmm, 37 times on the WH visitor log (and btw I heard that the ‘official’ WH visitor records that they put out there are incomplete at best) and you think Desiree or that new gay dude, Bernard, who took her place, didn’t put her officially on the WH party list…nope, not possible….

jimver on April 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

They hoped they could fake their way through one term,then use a second term (when “flexibility” could be maximized) to totally transform America into something none of us ever wanted.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

on the matter of flexibility, he will have to be a darn good contorsionist to win a second term…

jimver on April 13, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I wish Rosen would have gone on Meet the Press this Sunday.
Women with two black eyes are just so sexy.

timberline on April 13, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I wish Rosen would have gone on Meet the Press this Sunday.
Women with two black eyes are just so sexy.

timberline on April 13, 2012 at 1:32 PM

You dirty, warrior on women, you!

Resist We Much on April 13, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Very hard with 2 broken legs and all that duct tape across her mouth.

katy the mean old lady on April 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Silence is golden.
Duct tape is silver.

timberline on April 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Are the Democrats declaring and internal war on their female pundits now?

Good Lt on April 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

As Rush just said, she’s important enough to them that the Dems will take care of her, just out of sight. Like Van Jones, she’ll disappear for a while, then after the dust settles, they’ll ease her ease back into public view.

petefrt on April 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Ms. Rosen can run, but she can’t hide…

/s/ Joe Louis (apologies)

Khun Joe on April 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM

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