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Dems Attack Breast Cancer Survivor, MS Victim

posted at 5:00 pm on April 12, 2012 by

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.


Libby Sternberg is a novelist. She’s a former member of the Vermont Commission on Women and occasionally blogs at Center Right Side.

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The d’s/bho/team would attack their own mother/sister/wife to see to it they stay in power? The bottom line for them, see to it bho is re-elected at whatever cost?

If mitt does not go after bho/team for this, IMO he has no business being president! For once R’s fight fire with fire or you and our Republic will be handed to bho again come Nov.! I am sick to death of being the ‘nice’ guys and can’t bring up anything what-so-ever to make bho look bad!

The American citizens are tired, sick and tired of what is going on since bho was elected and want to put a stop to it!

letget on April 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

“Libby Sternberg”, huh? I do believe I like you. I’ll have to take the time to peruse through your other articles.

sage0925 on April 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Well said in all regards, and congratulations on seeing your daughter venture into the fun world of political punditry.

RachDubya on April 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I just loved Rosen’s comment about Mrs Romney not having worked a day in her life. This, coming from the same group of morons who shrieked that Sarah Palin, a mother of 5, should be homing taking care of her family.

Leftist is just another word for Hypocrite.

TKindred on April 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Ann is a typical white woman. Much like Soetoro’s Grandma.

BHO Jonestown on April 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Party of death=Democrats. I’m surprised they haven’t started wearing caps with the death’s head on it.

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

she certainly opened up a can of worms with this…and her apology was ahem…less than sincere.

CoffeeLover on April 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

It’s fascinating to see that liberal men are so stupid that they don’t think smart women, politics aside, see through this..of course this would exclude Rosen the lesbian misogynist. It must take a lot of self~loathing to become so bitter in life.

Very incisive article,Libby.

Thank you.

Real men take pause with women of strength.

DevilsPrinciple on April 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Ann Romney facts:
While Massachusetts First Lady, she was active in teenage pregnancy prevention efforts.
In 2004, she said she was in favor of stem cell research as long as it was done “morally and ethically”.
She lobbied the Massachusetts State legislature to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

In 2005, she was made head of a new special office whose purpose was to help the state’s faith-based groups in association with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

She has been involved in a number of children’s charities, including being director of the inner city-oriented Best Friends.

She worked extensively with the Ten Point Coalition in Boston and with other groups that promoted better safety and opportunities for urban youths.

She was given the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from Salt Lake City-based Operation Kids.

She has also served as a board member for the United Way of America and helped found United Way Faith and Action.

And oh yeah:
During 1997, Ann Romney began experiencing severe numbness, fatigue, and other symptoms, and just before Thanksgiving in 1998, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She initially experienced a period of severe difficulty with the disease, and since then, she credits a mixture of mainstream and alternative treatments with giving her a lifestyle mostly without limitations She is a board member for the New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has been given the MS Society’s Annual Hope Award.


Bigurn on April 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Impressive list, Bigurn. Thanks for posting it. And thanks for all the comments, everyone.

Libby Sternberg on April 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Why does it seem some are still going after her? The White House has officially denounced this, but it seems that unofficially the women of the Left are not done.

diplomatsteve on April 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

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