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Hilary Rosen and the M word

posted at 8:19 pm on April 13, 2012 by

I have a different take on this whole business. When Hilary Rosen made her now-famous comment that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life, I think Rosen was trying to use code words to refer to… the M word.

Mormon, that is.

Here’s what I think Rosen wanted people to think about: Ann Romney is one of those Mormon women, who have been brainwashed since childhood by their extreme cult into thinking that they have to grow up to be baby factories. And she is, too; lookie all them kids she had. Man, she’s a one-woman population bomb. Sixteen grandchildren!!! Little better than a slave, really, to her husband.

So when (let us continue in her voice) Mitt asks her what she thinks women around the country think, she can’t possibly know. She’s in a religous fog, you see, one which normal women, real women, would never tolerate.

Don’t you folks realize that the Republicans are going to run a Mormon for president? And if he wins, then what? He’s gonna try to do that to all the other women in the country donchaknow. And turn the country into a Mormon theocracy!

At which point I drop back out of her voice to my own. And I want to assure you that I don’t believe any of the above.

The M word will be a peculiar thing in this campaign. The Democrats don’t want to come outright and start using it, because it goes against their purported dedication to tolerance and diversity. It’s also problematic because Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, is Mormon. Plus, it’s a bit reminiscent of JFK’s Catholicism and the way his opponents tried to claim that electing him was the same as putting the Pope into the White House.

So the Democrats don’t really want to come out and accuse Mitt Romney of the crime of being, you know, a Mormon. But they sure want us to think about it, and to fear it — especially women. Man, look at his wife! right out of the 1950′s, isn’t she? Ozzie’s Harriet, she is.

It’s nice that it backfired so badly. Perhaps it will make them gunshy about bringing it up again. But they’ll find other ways of obliquely referring to the M word, you can be sure about that.

And if they become shrill and desperate, they may start using it directly. If that happens, it’ll be a sure sign that they think they’re losing.

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Except his wife was raised Lutheran and converted when she married Mitt.

Wethal on April 13, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I think the ‘M’ was money rather than Mormonism.

lexhamfox on April 13, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I think it was a pure gaffe. Hilary opened her mouth and said what she really thought. Jim Treacher said it best. Hilary Rosen’s ego is your best entertainment value.

jms on April 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Five kids and sixteen grandkids? C’mon, now that’s hardly *anything* in the Mormon culture! My parents had nine kids, and currently have thirty-eight grandkids, with two on the way! (actually true, and yes, we are all Mormon)

The Democrats will certainly try to gain points by attributing all sorts of sinister motives to Romney’s Mormon faith. They can’t raise it honestly as an issue, because it will backfire–it seems the more people understand about Mormons and the LDS church, the less sinister it becomes.

In order to make the scare tactics work, the Democrats will need to tread a fine line–too little discussion, and nobody cares. Too much, and everyone realizes it’s no big deal.

Mohonri on April 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

I didn’t hear “Mormon” at all, that’s like the female talking head who heard “boy”, after “you lie”. All I heard was a jealous bit@h voicing what she THOUGHT would resonate with women. What she forgot, was that she lives in a bubble, and the rest of us live in the real world. And we can damn well understand Ann Romney, better than a lesbian adoptive mother who makes a great deal more money than many SAHM’s.

waterytart on April 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I think the fact they are already so shrill shows you they KNOW they’re losing.

CoolCzech on April 14, 2012 at 6:34 AM

I agree with the above commenter – the “M” word was MONEY.

But they will make as much of the Morman word as they can, absolutely? But will we be alloweod to talk about “Liberation Theology”? That the theological princpals upon which Barack Obama’s church was founded on. The church he attened for 20 years, and supported with his money, and called its pastor his mentor, and where he took his kids. If you don’t know about Liberation Theology, you should look it up.

LilyBart on April 14, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The Peoples Ridicule Brigade (Stewart, Colbert, Behar, Maher, etc.) will break the ice. The real press sometime in the near future: “Should Jon Stewart have told that Magic Underwear joke?”. Then Charlie Rose will drone on about how uncouth (but funny!) Stewart is, while talking about all those wacky Mormon cult rituals. They will ‘educate’ us on Mormonism. Black Liberation Theology, not so much.

motionview on April 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Ann Romney is one of those Mormon women, who have been brainwashed since childhood by their extreme cult into thinking that they have to grow up to be baby factories. And she is, too; lookie all them kids she had. Man, she’s a one-woman population bomb. Sixteen grandchildren!!! Little better than a slave, really, to her husband.

You’ve hit the nail on the head. If you haven’t, read Marley and Me. The author is a typical liberal journalist. Which is fine in and of itself. But there’s one passage in the book (haven’t seen the movie) where they decided to have a third child. And he writes a bit about all the grief they caught from their friends over a third child. Two is bad enough, but three?!

rbj on April 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I can see that they want to paste the Mormon lifestyle over Romney.I have heard comments I think it may have been Rosen over his policy towards women. Well that would have to be as governor when we all know he was governing as a liberal. I think they expect the voters not to notice and superimpose their propaganda on Romney.

Conan on April 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

It’s sooner than I expected, but here it is.

Steven Den Beste on April 17, 2012 at 4:08 PM