Dems Attack Breast Cancer Survivor, MS Victim
posted at 5:00 pm on April 12, 2012 by Libby Sternberg
Thanks to Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, the stay-at-home-mom versus career-mom debate was resurrected. Rosen, while on a CNN show recently, commented that Ann Romney shouldn’t be giving her presidential candidate husband advice on women’s economic troubles because she “had never worked a day in her life.”
Rosen has since apologized for that remark, with its offensive implication that stay-at-home moms aren’t really working, but not until many others had weighed in.
Of course, Rosen had to throw in the jab that the outrage over her remark was “faux,” as if ginned up for other reasons. Perhaps she was looking in a mirror when she wrote that word, though, since it’s Democrats who seem to want to work their base into a lather over the Republicans’ so-called “war on women.” The left wanted that war to be waged by Republican men, so that women would flock to Democratic candidates for protection. Unfortunately, every time there’s a skirmish, conservative women now rush to the field, mad as hell, not taking it anymore.
Such was the case when Rush Limbaugh called reproductive rights activist Sandra Fluke a slut. Democratic operatives might have thought they had an opportunity to bash Rush and Republicans all in one, but they ended up playing defense as conservative women brought up the misogynistic rhetoric of many Dem favorites, such as Bill Maher.
Democrats seem to be living in the past, when the only conservative women you were likely to see on air or in print were variations of Phyllis Schlafly. Today, conservative women speaking out regularly include a range of individuals who are not always of one mind on social issues but do agree on free market economic ones. Oh, and one more thing we usually agree on, too—the hypocrisy of the left, especially among high-level liberal men, on so-called “women’s issues.”
So, don’t lecture me, David Axelrod, about how Republicans are unfair to women, when the White House you work for isn’t paying women equal pay, according to your party’s standards, and has created a “hostile” workplace for women, according to a newspaper often sympathetic to your politics. Women on the right can sniff out a “boy’s club” mentality, Dave.
Don’t talk to me, President Obama, about the “luxury” of being a stay-at-home mom when your economic policies make it harder to find a job if a woman opts for the “necessity” of working in an office. (Needless to say, many women wouldn’t use the word “luxury” to describe the hard work of being the stay-at-home parent.)
And don’t breathe fire about reproductive issues, Democratic leaders, when women are divided on the abortion issue almost as evenly as men. I know it will shock you liberal fellows to learn this—women are actually more than just their reproductive organs. (But maybe, after listening to Bill Maher for so long, you didn’t know that.)
A few final words….the title of my piece might seem out of place. But it’s a description of Ann Romney—a breast cancer survivor, who suffers from MS. It’s an example of the very type of labeling liberals love to use when blasting conservatives to further agendas. As my own daughter, a feisty new conservative feminist, has written, it’s easy to foster resentment when engaging in that kind of identity politics. And resentment easily simmers into outrage, a convenient tool for the White House’s “boy’s club” to use to try to lure women voters to their camp. My apologies to Ann Romney for diminishing her to only these labels to make my point.