NOW president: Ann Romney lacks “life experience” and “imagination” to relate to most Americans

posted at 10:26 am on April 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Via Newsbusters, NOW President Terry O’Neill ignores the First Rule of Holes (stop digging!) and provides another cycle for Republicans to defend Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms.  Instead of leaving bad enough alone, O’Neill appeared on Ed Schultz’ MSNBC show last night and attempted to rewrite Hilary Rosen’s faceplant and keep the attack on Ann Romney for not having a salaried job in the workforce as a means to paint the Romneys as out of touch.  Say, remember when feminism meant supporting the choices of women and defending them from being marginalized and demeaned?  Good times, good times:

TERRY O’NEILL: What would we be saying if Hillary Clinton had said this: that Ann Romney has never, has not worked for pay outside the home a day in her life?  That’s my understanding that’s an accurate statement, and that raises the exact issue that Hilary Rosen was trying to get to, which is do Mr. & Mrs. Romney have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now? I think that that was what Hilary was getting out, and so she left out the words “for pay outside the home.”

Stick around to the end to see Rep. Maxine Waters keep it classy by calling the presumptive Republican nominee “Mitt Rot-ney,” but O’Neill is the real show here.  Once again, we get to see the professional Left’s utter disdain for women who chose to stay home with their children rather than work in the workplace.  Do they also lack “life experience” and “imagination”?  Are their political and economic views also irrelevant?  Is a woman’s worth entirely measured by her salary?  Is that the official position of NOW?  If so, then perhaps they may want to think about an official name change.

My friend Jonathan Martin of Politico commented on Twitter about how quickly the Right embraced grievance politics in this instance.  It’s a worthwhile point, and this can certainly get overplayed, but it ignores a couple of other points.  First, Democrats have been accusing the GOP of conducting a “war on women” since February of last year, when DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz explicitly made that accusation, and which VP Joe Biden reiterated last night — on the same show, despite claims from Democrats earlier in the day that they never indulged in that language:

Vice President Joe Biden said tonight that what he called a Republican-led effort to rollback the rights of women is “real” and will “intensify.”

“I think the ‘war on women’ is real,” Biden told MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” deploying the politically-charged phrase for the first time on the national stage.

“And look, I’ll tell you when it’s going to intensify – the next president of the United States is going to get to name one, possibly two or more, members to the Supreme Court,” he added.

The grievance fight in this case has been under way for fourteen months, so to blame the Right for responding is a little odd.  Also, Rosen took a swipe at a candidate’s wife, as O’Neill did again last night.  Once again, don’t blame the Right for responding to it.

Update: Democrats claim to be backing away from the “war on women” rhetoric, but neither Biden nor their merchandisers have gotten the message.


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Have these women ever even met Mrs. Romney? If not, I don’t see how they can go on national television and act like they know all about a person’s life without ever having known that person. As a show producer that would be the first thing I would ask, “have you ever met Mrs. Romney? What do you base your comment on if you haven’t ever met her? But we don’t have journalists on tv anymore. All they care about is sniffing up the latest lefty meme and try to elevate it into something credible, even if it’s something as lame as this. Disgusting.

scalleywag on April 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

That they are keeping this disaster of a meme alive just proves to you how frightened they are at the subject changing to Obama’s record.

wildcat72 on April 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Correct. I can imagine how much time, money and resources they have spent on this war on women capaign. The first inkling of it was brought up by George S. during one of the Republican debates months ago, so it’s been in the works a long time.

lea on April 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Moochelle Obama has had a “rich” life experience of being sent to an extremely expensive college, obtaining a law degree (but never practicing law that we know of), and ultimately being given $300K a year in a no show job to give a hospital political cover to dump poor patients, all the while not being proud of her country until her HUSBAND was elected President.

wildcat72 on April 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Racist! Misogynist! Misogynist racist!!! Anti-cow human-supremicist! You and your facts make me sick.

Fenris on April 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

OK I’ve come up from the pit of despair long enough to form words. Why? WHY?!? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney’s “imagination?” Why is NOW making it personal? Why is NOW obliterating the moral high ground offered to them by Rush Limbaugh?

And more importantly. Why isn’t NOW talking about the women-man wage gap? Why isn’t NOW talking about the struggles of middle and working class working mothers trying to balance motherhood *and* a job world that demands greater and greater time with no raises. Why isn’t NOW talking about the plight of un-wed mothers who are often unfairly stigmatized. Why, why?, WHY?!?!

Back to despair pit.

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Liberals hate real women, and they especially hate mothers – this is nothing new.

Pork-Chop on April 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

But they seldom are so blatant about it. Hilary Rosen made what she thought was a throw away comment in the midst of an attack on the Romneys being too rich or something and it has been an issue for two news cycles now!

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

(D)o Mr. & Mrs. Romney have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through…?

This is the part that most ticks me off. See how dumb the Republicans are? They can’t even imagine what it’s like for real American families. They’ve probably never seen or talked to a middle class person in their lives.

Ya big ole unimaginative rich rubes…

Fallon on April 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

This whole twitter fueled pseudo outrageous outrage, doesn’t do anything for me, it’s a farce and a stale one.

Dr Evil on April 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Classic example of the left just unable to “get it.”

This is why I don’t think they will stop. Have you guys seen the lib posts about this over at Twitchy?

That’s the iceberg.

dogsoldier on April 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Fenris on April 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

lol filled with ‘win’ =D

Ugly on April 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The Rock on April 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Same with me and my wife. We have been in the trenches, have cried with the heart-broken and helplessness in people when members would come in to us. We have seen the glimmer of hope come into their eyes as we map out plans and give them some temporary assistance with food and bills.

The Romneys know what the ordinary folks go through more than most people would ever suspect.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Day 13, April 13th , 1912

Saturday, April 13th, 1912 was the third full day of Titanic’s voyage, which had actually started four days ago on the 10th . Between noon Friday and noon Saturday, Titanic covered 519 miles. During the day the ships Borderer, Minnehaha, and Hellig Olav all encountered heavy ice directly in Titanic’s path. Titanic would not hear of it, however, as the operators still had not managed to fix the wireless.

dogsoldier on April 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

+100

You win the metaphor-of-the-year award.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

That they are keeping this disaster of a meme alive just proves to you how frightened they are at the subject changing to Obama’s record.

wildcat72 on April 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Correct. I can imagine how much time, money and resources they have spent on this war on women capaign. The first inkling of it was brought up by George S. during one of the Republican debates months ago, so it’s been in the works a long time.

lea on April 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Yep. I hope that the Romney folks are smart enough to move on, and not waste too much time on this.

BTW, has Mitt weighed in on this yet?

ghostwriter on April 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I like the “War on Women” graphic they have on the screen. Look for that logo coming soon to an Obummer bumper sticker near you!

LeftCoastRight on April 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

OK I’ve come up from the pit of despair long enough to form words. Why? WHY?!? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney’s “imagination?” Why is NOW making it personal? Why is NOW obliterating the moral high ground offered to them by Rush Limbaugh?

And more importantly. Why isn’t NOW talking about the women-man wage gap? Why isn’t NOW talking about the struggles of middle and working class working mothers trying to balance motherhood *and* a job world that demands greater and greater time with no raises. Why isn’t NOW talking about the plight of un-wed mothers who are often unfairly stigmatized. Why, why?, WHY?!?!

Back to despair pit.

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

“This war (on women) is lost” -Harry Reid

wildcat72 on April 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Proving yet again, just let them talk.

They bury themselves.

Moesart on April 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Why isn’t NOW talking about the plight of un-wed mothers who are often unfairly stigmatized. Why, why?, WHY?!?!

Back to despair pit.

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Hey the aging hippies who still respond to NOW were out there in the trenches during the 70s making it a “right” that women didn’t need a man even after they got knocked up. Those un-wed mothers are living every feminist’s dream!

NOW lost all credibility as an organization when they defended Bill Clinton who so very clearly committed sexual harassment in the workplace.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

And more importantly. Why isn’t NOW talking about the women-man wage gap? Why isn’t NOW talking about the struggles of middle and working class working mothers trying to balance motherhood *and* a job world that demands greater and greater time with no raises. Why isn’t NOW talking about the plight of un-wed mothers who are often unfairly stigmatized. Why, why?, WHY?!?!

Back to despair pit.

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Lib, because we all learned what Zero is paying the female workers at the White House this week AND that he and Mrs. Obama didn’t have the luxury of having her work at home, despite her no-show job.

What kind of message can they make out of all that?

dogsoldier on April 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

An excerpt from Ms. O’Neill’s NOW platform,

Achieve equal marriage and full lesbian and queer rights nationwide, implementing a state-by-state, community-by-community strategy alongside national efforts to immediately repeal the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Now there’s someone who has the

kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now.

Kinda makes you proud to be an American.

Mason on April 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM

May 13th is Mother’s day. This year, why not give your mother the gift that she so richly deserves. That’s right. Declare war on the evil b*tch.

– This message brought to you by NOW and approved by the DNC

My collie says:

Hmmm. I wonder if Hallmark shops have Mother’s day “hate cards” in stock yet.

CyberCipher on April 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM

According to a Wall Street Journal report in February, Obama advisers told Wasserman Schultz to “tone it down,” suggesting that they hire “two seasoned Democratic female pros, Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen,” for media training, in preparation for the upcoming campaign. Wasserman Schultz willingly accepted.

“DNC has paid $120,000 to Rosen’s firm since 2011 for both a “communications consultant” and “media consultant,” tweeted Joe Pounder, the director at the RNC, “Sounds like Dunn and Rosen.”

Dr Evil on April 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Well, at least Rosen and O’Brian didn’t say what they really thought of Ann Romney–that she was just a “breeder”.

The hypocrisy of these progressives is breath-taking. And the economic ignorance as well. Try penciling out the costs of care for 5 children and measure it against a highly-taxed second income. Now compare that miniscule amount of money to the kinds of problems that inevitably arise when both a mother and a father are absent much of the day in order to work.

As always, for a real war on women look to the progressives for a great example. Any more of a war on women and progressives could ally themselves with the Taliban (oh, wait. They already have).

iconoclast on April 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

NOW president: Ann Romney lacks “life experience” and “imagination” to relate to most Americans

You cannot even BEGIN to imagine how much I am looking forward to Ann Romney speaking at the Convention.

Thanks, Hilary Rosen, Terry O’Neill, Mad Maxine, et al., on providing the nuclear-grade talking points. I see a lot of video footage in your future. All of it being played by Republicans.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

A leftist caller to the Kilmeade and Friends show just raised the homophobic issue.

Why can’t we call people like Hillary Rosen heterophobes?

Right Mover on April 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Why isn’t NOW talking about the women-man wage gap?

The reasons for the “women-man wage gap” explained in plain english, here:

Thomas Sowell “Economic Facts and Fallacies”

visions on April 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Chevy Chase, MD (just outside of DC). And, yes, Ms. Rosen is just as in touch with ordinary Americans as Ann Romney considering she’s living in a house that is closer to a $1M than not.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

If her house is 5500 sq. ft. in that area, it’s worth way more than a mil. Probably closer to $2 million. Either way, she’s in the 1%. Meaning by her own criteria, she can’t exactly relate to the vast majority of Americans(men or women) out there.

Doughboy on April 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Why isn’t NOW talking about the women-man wage gap?

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

You mean the one in the White House? I agree, NOW should be all over that, pointing out that Obama pays women less than men. Why does Obama hate women? Obamas War on Women!!!

Trafalgar on April 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

OK I’ve come up from the pit of despair long enough to form words. Why? WHY?!? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney’s “imagination?” Why is NOW making it personal? Why is NOW obliterating the moral high ground offered to them by Rush Limbaugh?

And more importantly. Why isn’t NOW talking about the women-man wage gap? Why isn’t NOW talking about the struggles of middle and working class working mothers trying to balance motherhood *and* a job world that demands greater and greater time with no raises. Why isn’t NOW talking about the plight of un-wed mothers who are often unfairly stigmatized. Why, why?, WHY?!?!

Back to despair pit.

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

lol! Funiest post of the day!! You really don’t get why the Dems are doing this? Where have you been for the last three years? Obama is a miserable failure with nothing to run on. That’s why.

And I loved the reference to the man-woman wage gap! Hysterical ! Talk about a relic! Maybe to the NOW president should talk about the man-woman pay gap in the Obama Administration.

You are so clueless, it’s kind of cute.

ghostwriter on April 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The Titanic parallel is spot on.

A stay at home mother of 5 boys knows more about money management than Obama. Just saying.

ORconservative on April 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Another READY-MADE campaign ad!! I love it!!

The Dimocrat war on Rebublican women continues apace!!

Khun Joe on April 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Of course women have to have salaried jobs.

You can’t tax them if they don’t.

trigon on April 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

ghostwriter on April 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

+1

ORconservative on April 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

After nearly three and half years of dispair myself I am starting to feel good about the future.
I think I can hear the fat lady warming up for her appearance center stage on Nov. 6, 2012.
Thank you Rosen,O’Neil,Waters,Wassername,etc.

jrsrigmvr on April 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Bill O’Reilly revealed that it’s a good thing former Obama communications director Anita Dunn’s PR firm is representing Sandra Fluke for free, …

Hey I wonder if Anita Dunn’s PR firm has been in touch with N.O.W.?

I don’t really wonder SNARK.

Obama’s Maoist has been put in charge of campaign messaging for the war on women? She did such a bang up job when she was White House Communications Director/

Dr Evil on April 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The Obama campaign thinks they can resurrect this “get-Ann-Romney” initiative by using more distant surrogates.

theCork on April 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

OK I’ve come up from the pit of despair long enough to form words. Why? WHY?!? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney’s “imagination?” Why is NOW making it personal? Why is NOW obliterating the moral high ground offered to them by Rush Limbaugh?

And more importantly. Why isn’t NOW talking about the women-man wage gap? Why isn’t NOW talking about the struggles of middle and working class working mothers trying to balance motherhood *and* a job world that demands greater and greater time with no raises. Why isn’t NOW talking about the plight of un-wed mothers who are often unfairly stigmatized. Why, why?, WHY?!?!

Back to despair pit.

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Your question was answered 25 minutes beforehand:

That’s what happens when you valorize the most petty and unheroic of the Seven Deadly Sins, Envy, and make it the centerpiece of your political philosophy.

ebrown2 on April 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

ebrown2 on April 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I say we cancel the War on Women and just have a war on Stupid… That will eliminate the Democrats’ core voting block.

jeffn21 on April 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

These are professional politicians. This assault on traditional families and women has been planned for a long time to stir the base. Ann Romney is a traditional wife and mother. They have now moved to Mitt Romney has having no qualifications for president because he has a traditional family. The fact is Mitt does not own these companies alone “they” own them. She knows a lot more about these businesses than they will admit.

The attack came from a liberal polar opposite of a traditional family. A separated lesbian with adopted children. Now being doubled down on by the president of NOW. This was orchestrated from the start.

BullShooterAsInElk on April 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Team Obama’s first attack of the general? The wife and mother of 5.

Don’t tell me Obama’s internal polls aren’t scaring the bejeezus out of them.

Chuck Schick on April 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I noticed everyone at MarxistSocialistNBC has been informed to use the term “manufactured” when discussing this. I guess fat head Ed didn’t get the memo.

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

*head desk!*

*face palm!*

*head desk face palm!!*

*DIES*

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Was it you in another thread suggesting that Conservatives’ behavior in the Trayvon case confirmed all your stereotypes of them (I guess those being that we want a fair trial for Hispanic Democrats?)

If so, then consider for a moment what many of us have been saying about NOW (and other “feminism” spokespersons) for years in light of this article.

BlueCollarAstronaut on April 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I like the “War on Women” graphic they have on the screen. Look for that logo coming soon to an Obummer bumper sticker near you!

LeftCoastRight on April 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

http://www.mydemocraticstore.com/index/page/search?FullText=war+on+women&x=0&y=0

topdog on April 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

maybe the american people will wake up and see these people for what they are, evil toads.

losarkos on April 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

OK I’ve come up from the pit of despair long enough to form words. Why? WHY?!? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney? Why is NOW talking about Ann Romney’s “imagination?” Why is NOW making it personal? Why is NOW obliterating the moral high ground offered to them by Rush Limbaugh?

And more importantly. Why isn’t NOW talking about the women-man wage gap? Why isn’t NOW talking about the struggles of middle and working class working mothers trying to balance motherhood *and* a job world that demands greater and greater time with no raises. Why isn’t NOW talking about the plight of un-wed mothers who are often unfairly stigmatized. Why, why?, WHY?!?!

Back to despair pit.

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Because what leftists say is only for public consumption. If you really want what’s best for society and individuals you must look to the conservative values that have stood the test of time. Not that right wing public figures don’t also lie on occasion (being mere,y human), but the progressive leftist ideology fundamentally requires lying. To ‘progress’, or more accurately to regress, you must fool the populace about the end game.

Fenris on April 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

NOW…National Ogranization of Whining Wastrels….LATER!!!

driguana on April 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Why isn’t NOW talking about the plight of un-wed mothers who are often unfairly stigmatized. Why, why?, WHY?!?!

libfreeordie on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Still living in the 50′s are ya? The stigma of being an unwed mother was killed a long time ago. Which is the predominant reason why we have so many unwed mothers.

Lost in Jersey on April 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I like the “War on Women” graphic they have on the screen. Look for that logo coming soon to an Obummer bumper sticker near you!

LeftCoastRight on April 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

http://www.mydemocraticstore.com/index/page/search?FullText=war+on+women&x=0&y=0

topdog on April 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I think that they’ve way overplayed their hand. Packaging hope is one thing, but packaging nihilism and faux outrage is quite another. Apparently, they misunderstand why Obama was such a sensation in 2008.

ghostwriter on April 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

The left is in pure PANIC mode right now.

This is what desperate desperation looks like.

They know Obama is going to lose and that they’re also going to lose seats in the House and Senate.

It’s not going to be pretty.

And they know it.

ButterflyDragon on April 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Well, since NOW doesn’t represent anywhere near the majority of women, I think we’re safe! Who cares what the head of that organization thinks, anyway? Talk about being out of the mainstream. . .

ldenton1 on April 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The left is in pure PANIC mode right now.

This is what desperate desperation looks like.

They know Obama is going to lose and that they’re also going to lose seats in the House and Senate.

It’s not going to be pretty.

And they know it.

ButterflyDragon on April 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The sad part is that they still think that they can save him, and they will trash the legitimacy every institution in American society, from the Supreme Court on down, to do so…

ghostwriter on April 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Why isn’t Sarah BLASTING away at these hypocrites ???

FlaMurph on April 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Hum… let me see if I have gotten the CODE words by the Lefenista NOW militant army right. I am only an intelligent able minded woman worthy of any position in the elite forces of liberal womanhood if I:

Choose to bear children: but don’t stay home with them or do any type of hands on raising and instead, pay someone of lesser intelligence and no vested interest in my child minimum wage to babysit and or educate them? Which could in fact remove the woman I am paying to babysit and raise my children away from her own children that she will pay even less to….

These woman are NOT representative of the woman of today that have seen this sorry excuse for DNA consistent with female genes literally trash us and OUR decisions NOT to live on their plantation. Part of “CHOICE” is to have children. Part of “CHOICE” is to not work outside of the home. Part of “Choice” is to volunteer time, education and experience without pay. Part of “Choice” is to live with less to achieve more in couple determined goals.

I worked before I married. I stopped when I had kids. I have worked harder than I ever have since I left the PAY workforce. I have run my household on a budget half of America couldn’t even fathom on zero government assistance.

These woman have it ALL wrong… and they have picked a fight with the wrong group…. SAHM… have had plenty of time to figure out the woman’s LIB movement has done nothing for the betterment of ALL woman, they have only lined the pockets of their own selfish and socially destructive minions.

ActinUpinTexas on April 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Let’s keep the “manufactured” (that’s the new term for what the Left is saying about le’affaire Ann Romney) war on women going as long as we can, if we can keep the the Dem’s trotting out the lesbian leader of NOW, Maxine Watters, and DWS………we win!

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The one constant through the whole War on Women narrative is Anita Dunn. Anita Dunn complained about the enviorment in the White House being hostile for women. Anita Dunn PR firm represents Sandra Fluke, Obama advisers told Wasserman Schultz to “tone it down,” suggesting that they hire “two seasoned Democratic female pros, Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen,” And here we have N.O.W. chiming in I am sure that there was no communication from Rosen or Dunn to the N.O.W. President this is all just pure coincidence ;)

So when do the republicans connect the dots and realize that all of this points to Anita ( I love me some Mao) Dunn? Communist are so dreamy lol! The War on Women – Anita Dunn knows how to throw the feminist grievance around. Why the republicans aren’t making her the face of this war on women farce? What’s the hold up? Does she have to put the republicans on her CC journolist, for them to get the picture?

Dr Evil on April 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I say we cancel the War on Women and just have a war on Stupid… That will eliminate the Democrats’ core voting block.

jeffn21

If HotAir had a “love” button, I would’ve clicked it! LOL!

JAM on April 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The Romneys know what the ordinary folks go through more than most people would ever suspect.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

You can’t be serious. Ever try to get some charity from the Mormon Church?
I bet not or you would never say such a thing.
(if you aren’t a ‘member’, they aint gonna give you spit)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

“DNC has paid $120,000 to Rosen’s firm since 2011 for both a “communications consultant” and “media consultant,” tweeted Joe Pounder, the director at the RNC, “Sounds like Dunn and Rosen.”

Local talk radio made the point that the first thing they should have done with Wasserman-Schutlz would be to put her in sunglasses to hide those bug eyes.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I guess the case could be made that Community Organizers really don’t have real life experience either…. oh irony, i love you!

fulhamfc on April 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Why isn’t NOW talking about the plight of un-wed mothers who are often unfairly stigmatized. Why, why?, WHY?!?!

Because that is part fo the dems base. The gub’mint provides incentives for women to pop out kids without being married, so they can rake in the enitlements, the kids can grow up to need entitlements, pop out kids of their own and the libs stay in power longer.

NOW is just a wing of the Dem party, they all have to fight for the cause. They hate the family, because they know that the family is the glue that holds western civilization together, and has since before nations were formed. Families, extended families, clans, tribes, etc…

The State must have control in the left wing world. It’s all about the State – not family, religion, or even personal accountability.

Liberals are despicable.

reaganaut on April 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Hey Libfree,

If you wanna solve some ‘wage-gap’ discrepancy, you may wanna start with your Messiah’s WH staff. This is what you libs get for MAKING UP some war on women lie…you guys didn’t think this one through so well, did you? Big Surprise. Obama just lost every stay at home Mom vote in the country…interesting campaign tactic.

a5minmajor on April 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

That’s my understanding that’s an accurate statement, and that raises the exact issue that Hilary Rosen was trying to get to, which is do Mr. & Mrs. Romney have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now?

I could change this to “do Mr. & Mrs. Obama have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now? Vacations every month at exotic destinations all over the world at taxpayers expense. I think not.

TulsAmerican on April 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Axelrod acts like he does not know Hilary Rosen:
Photo:
https://twitter.com/#!/seanmdav/status/190822438366490624/photo/1

albill on April 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

This is all a sideshow.

The REAL story is that Obama’s energy policies have driven up the cost of gasoline, fuel, petroleum products, electricity, transportation, and well, pretty much everything. His massive spending has devalued the dollar, eroding our savings and making stuff expensive all over again. Through Obamacare, he is about to levy a massive tax just for existing. Meanwhile, he is driving away business and causing wages to stagnate. It is getting harder and harder for middle class American women to choose to stay home.

The GOP need to quit fighting the mommy wars and get back to the economy.

bitsy on April 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I noticed everyone at MarxistSocialistNBC has been informed to use the term “manufactured” when discussing this. I guess fat head Ed didn’t get the memo.

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

They really need to get to the lifeboats.

Using “fake” “faux” “manufactured ” and “farce” only prove just how completely ignorant they are about this topic and how out of touch they are. And they just keep the fires stoked.

dogsoldier on April 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.
According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).
The Obama campaign on Wednesday lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for his failure to immediately endorse the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a controversial law enacted in 2009 that made it easier to file discrimination lawsuits…
It is not known whether any female employees at the White House have filed lawsuits under the Ledbetter Act.

Hot Air

This broad is a joke. As for Waters, she has absolutely no room to talk with undocumented women working for her.

DevilsPrinciple on April 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Who is this Mitt ROTney that Waters speaks of? Does that mean I can start calling Barry Sall like I’ve always wanted to but refrained from?

@ntif@n on April 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The GOP need to quit fighting the mommy wars and get back to the economy.

bitsy on April 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Ok, unless they bring it up again.

dogsoldier on April 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

To see how many leftists are terrified of Ann Romney is a testament to just how nice and likable she is. Ann’s popularity is problematic, for sure.

Solution: More Ann Romney. America loves her.

Philly on April 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Small business owner: Barack Obama lacks “life experience” and “imagination” to relate to most small business owners.

Resist We Much on April 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

According to a Wall Street Journal report in February, Obama advisers told Wasserman Schultz to “tone it down,” suggesting that they hire “two seasoned Democratic female pros, Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen,” for media training, in preparation for the upcoming campaign. Wasserman Schultz willingly accepted.

“DNC has paid $120,000 to Rosen’s firm since 2011 for both a “communications consultant” and “media consultant,” tweeted Joe Pounder, the director at the RNC, “Sounds like Dunn and Rosen.”

Dr Evil on April 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

This is pure gold Dr E! Had to wonder a bit why we haven’t heard a peep from WS. “NOW” it’s all making sense—keep hiring more sock-puppets WS.

Rovin on April 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Maybe already mentioned, but is collecting entitlements for not working considered being “in touch”? Does that count as “work”?

Leftists make me ill.

freedomfirst on April 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

When Michelle Obama took leave from her $317k a year, specially-made-for-her, political patronage, “community outreach” job at Chicago Medical Center to go on the campaign trail full time with Barry, we were told that campaigning was work. When Michelle Obama quit her Chicago political patronage job to become First Lady, we were told that being a First Lady was work. Michelle Obama’s mother lives in the WH, at taxpayer expense, taking care of the Obama kids, while Michelle works.

So Michelle Obama “works” at being First Lady, but apparently Ann Romney, who was the First Lady of Massachusetts at one time, did not “work” when she held a similar position. Michelle Obama “worked” while campaigning for her husband’s presidential bid, but Ann Romney has not “worked” while campaigning for her husband’s multiple presidential bids.

If not for Democrats’ double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

AZCoyote on April 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Why does this O’Neill guy think he can speak for women?

Hummer53 on April 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

The March 2012 issue of Social Media Monthly has an article about a new demographic they call “Mom Bloggers”…the new Soccer Moms maybe. Anyway, it’s all about smart women (a large percentage of this group have bachelor’s degrees and more) and their choice to stay at home and raise a family. I sure hope these ladies are paying attention.

lynncgb on April 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

My friend Jonathan Martin of Politico commented on Twitter about how quickly the Right embraced grievance politics in this instance.

Okay that’s BS because nobody on our side is arguing that stay-at-home moms deserve anything but the rights and freedoms and respect due any other person performing a legitimate function. That’s like saying that insisting someone stop hitting you in the face is grievance mongering.

We are defending the right of everyone to chose their own way in life, barring illegal/immoral activities. People should not be silenced for not cleaving to a preferred stereotype. That’s not grievance politics. That’s libertarianism.

Immolate on April 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Maxine Waters also makes me laugh….

She is crazy, racist, and antisemitic.

William Eaton on April 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

True… The Romney’s have never lived paycheck to paycheck or struggled to make a mortgage payment…

But…ummmm….

Why do we want to take economic advice from someone who can’t live within their means and gets themselves buried under too much debt? Why do we want someone who can’t even handle their personal finances running the entire country?

bitsy on April 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

ActinUpinTexas on April 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Hear hear! I think this is why it will backfire so badly- I think SAHMs are the last little bit of the sleeping giant. Moms are often too busy to worry about politics. But if you attack them where they live, they will fight back.

Kristamatic on April 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

What a bunch of crap. She doesn’t lack life experience, her experience is just different.

I (and my two siblings) had a stay at home mom, and some of my most cherished memories are of days spent with her that, had my parents chosen otherwise, I would not have had. I loved coming home from elementary school and having my mom there. As the youngest, I love all of that one-on-one time that I got with her. I am so incredibly grateful for all those moments with her.

Now I’m grown up, and yeah my mom may not ‘get’ some of the workplace stuff that me and my dad gripe about – she doesn’t have that kind of experience to relate to, but the same can be said for me in terms of her life experience as I don’t have kids.

And anyone who thinks that someone who spends their entire day with their kids lacks imagination must be childless. My mom has it in spades because she was a stay at home mom. She had to just to stay sane and keep us occupied LOL!

tdpwells on April 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Okay, will someone help me out here? I’m a bit confused.

I stayed at home to raise my kids, went back to school when they were older, graduated from college, went to grad school, etc., and now have a full time job as a public high school teacher. At which point in that continuum did I become a person with the imagination and life experience to be a worthwhile human being?

Bob's Kid on April 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

“Life experience” to liberal women means having one or more abortions. “Imagination” means thinking of the various ways to butcher the baby.

Liberals think of nothing else (well, besides race that is. They’re always thinking about race).

darwin on April 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

At which point in that continuum did I become a person with the imagination and life experience to be a worthwhile human being?

Bob’s Kid on April 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

the day you shut your mouth, abort your kids, vote Democrat, and carry a sign for NOW.

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The Romneys know what the ordinary folks go through more than most people would ever suspect.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

You can’t be serious. Ever try to get some charity from the Mormon Church?
I bet not or you would never say such a thing.
(if you aren’t a ‘member’, they aint gonna give you spit)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Quite possibly, the most idiotic post ever typed into this
website. So you try to smear the Mormon Church and charity
work associated with them?? And THAT line of attack really
answered the previous poster’s comment, now didn’t it??

MSNBC has multiple openings this week and next for human
bodies with composts attached at the shoulders. You da man!!

ToddPA on April 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

At which point in that continuum did I become a person with the imagination and life experience to be a worthwhile human being?

Bob’s Kid on April 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Apparently at the point you started getting paid to deal with other people’s children.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I could change this to “do Mr. & Mrs. Obama have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now? Vacations every month at exotic destinations all over the world at taxpayers expense. I think not.

TulsAmerican on April 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I can imagine a campaign commercial that just plays a little ditty through the months, January, February… and shows pictures of Obama in Hawaii, Obama the Golfer-in-Chief, Obama at a swanky soiree, Obama laughing with billionares, Obama bowing to oil sheiks.

Fenris on April 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Michelle Obama had the ‘imagination’ and ‘life experience’ to devise a document which enabled/encouraged ILLEGAL patients dumping in hospitals.

Yeah, NOW, or COW!

p.s. apologies to the good cows.

Schadenfreude on April 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

First Rule of Holes (stop digging!)

“Just plug the damn hole!”

bernverdnardo1 on April 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

do Mr. & Mrs. Romney have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now?

What are O’Neill’s qualifications? How does one measure someone’s imagination? Obviously, O’Neill knows nothing about Ann Romney. Mrs. Romney stated in an interview on Fox that she worked with at risk kids. Is there any less value to her work because she didn’t receive a paycheck?

And Hilary Rosen.. Remember she was the President and later CEO of RIIA, and helped take down Napster and other internet music sites. Remember all those lawsuits? Rosen is a 1%er. She is wealthy and does not know the struggles of young families on a shoestring budget.

GrannySunni on April 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Why is anyone shocked that a lesbian (Hilary Rosen) and a multiple divorcee (Terry O’Neill) would attack the foundation of a nuclear American family; a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who represents what they could never achieve?

Hope and Change? How about Hate and Envy. The Left should trademark it.

TimeOnTarget on April 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

My friend Jonathan Martin of Politico commented on Twitter about how quickly the Right embraced grievance politics in this instance. It’s a worthwhile point,

SOME friend! It’s NOT a worthwhile point…it’s simply pointing out the disgusting, morally bankrupt nature of libs…like your FRIEND jonny martin.
Not responding in kind is how we lose every time…GROW a pair!!!

winston on April 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I don’t have to watch. I saw NOW and Ed Schultz mentioned in the same paragraph knew what the outcome was.

vcferlita on April 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Sooooo, I decided to see what Terry has done to become my spokesperson (President of the pretentiously grandly named National Organization of Women—I never joined but the little dear SAYS she speaks for me). This is a person who’s really lived a life typical of the women I know:

Graduated from exclusive boarding school in CT (her parents apparently wanted her GONE)
Graduated with a major in FRENCH (back in the day, that could get you a job as a stewardess at Pan Am—IF you were pretty enough and your calves were no larger than 13 inches)
Graduated from Tulane—her bio doesn’t tell us whether than was before or after she “escaped” (the word used in the bio) from her first husband who beat her after they had a disagreement.
She “escaped” to live with her parents in New Orleans.
She married and is “amicably” (the word used in the bio) divorced. Has one child.

Can’t find the names of her husbands and had to do some searching to find that she taught law. Apparently she never actually practiced it. Her Wikipedia bio has her professional life begin when she became an officer of NOW.

I’d say Ann Romney’s life experiences are much, much closer to most of us, particularly those of us who have raised a boy child. Five. She raised five of the little stinkers. Anyone who raises more than two of the species deserves a medal, a mink coat, a huge diamond and maid service into her old age.

Portia46 on April 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Why does this O’Neill guy think he can speak for women?

Hummer53 on April 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

On that score, the only thing that might have made this better would have been if that other guy Rachel Maddow had been conducting the interview.

BuckeyeSam on April 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Ed, with all due respect, it already has in the opinion of this stay-at-home mom. There are far more pressing problems awaiting our attention.
KickandSwimMom on April 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Aw, methinks somebody’s not happy that Ann Romney is getting so much positive attention.

What’s interesting to me is Ann Romney merits a defense when she’s attacked, but Sarah Palin’s just asking for it when she’s attacked, when has Mitt Romney ever defended Sarah Palin when she was attacked in the media? Ann Romney comes from a defensible class of women? And the republicans can’t figure out why Romney is trailing behind Obama in the woman’s vote? Romney is trailing in Independents and Women, working and middle class.
The republicans apparently intend to just play the democrat’s game. Well if there is one thing Mitt Romney understands it’s the divide and conquer strategy. This whole twitter fueled pseudo outrageous outrage, doesn’t do anything for me, it’s a farce and a stale one.
Dr Evil on April 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

More resentment and hard feelings (with the familiar refrain that it’s somehow Mitt’s fault that Palin was attacked by the media).

Clearly Romney and the GOP are winning this issue right now and the two of you are in denial and offering really silly advice. This sentence is particularly stunning: “Ann Romney comes from a defensible class of women?”. Why not? Are only poor or blue-collar women worthy? Or do all Americans deserve our respect for the choices they make? This is preposterous attempt to divide us by class – a technique the Democrats use 24/7. Sorry you’re falling for the same divisive, populist clap trap.

Buy Danish on April 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The GOP need to quit fighting the mommy wars and get back to the economy.

bitsy on April 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Ok, unless they bring it up again.

dogsoldier on April 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

It benefits Obama to be having these inane discussions about Ann Romney’s ‘life experience’. It kills Obama to talk about the economy. Address the stupid comments about SAHMs, but then follow up by tying everything back to Obama’s dismal economic performance.

bitsy on April 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

“Just plug the damn hole!”

bernverdnardo1 on April 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Obama’s daughter to Obama: “Daddy, are you going to plug the hole today?”

BuckeyeSam on April 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

This is pure gold Dr E! Had to wonder a bit why we haven’t heard a peep from WS. “NOW” it’s all making sense—keep hiring more sock-puppets WS.

Rovin on April 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

This entire War on Women has Anita (Mao) Dunn’s finger prints all over it. It gives’ Col West remarks about our communist infestation in our branches of government some weight. It apparently is coming from the People’s Republic Massachusetts headquarters – Harvard….for some reason Harvard has become a breeding ground for Envy and Grievance mongers. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Anita Dunn’s got a journolist and she’s disseminating her phony b.s. war on women narrative for the lefty outlets to use for talking points. I bet she coordinates with Van Jones “Color of Change” another Obama proxy that admits he was a communist.

They are trying to sell women – envy and the women who are susceptible to being envious, I predict already vote democrat.

Rosen’s attack was to shape Ann Romney as other “privileged” she isn’t allowed to speak for women, because according to Rosen, if you are wealthy it invalidates your life experience, the message is average women would be envious of Ann Romney.

The good news Anita Dunn suxed as the Director of White House Communication, and it looks she isn’t any better at creating a bogus narrative about women being subjugated by republicans.

Dr Evil on April 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

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