Ann Romney said what?
posted at 3:12 pm on April 22, 2012 by Libby Sternberg
Remember how I wrote that 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?” What, you don’t hang on my every word? You can read it here. It’s in paragraph 3,045.
At any rate, when I wrote that piece, I was thinking in terms of Democratic “operatives,” the David Axelrods of the world, the spin doctors and spokespeople, who have been stumble-bums in the Republican War on Women war, the one where we’re supposed to hate Rush Limbaugh and his minions because they’re misogynists or something. Unfortunately for the Democratic warriors, every time the Axelrods yell “charge!” Republican/conservative women end up on the field, striking back with their own accusations of liberal misogyny.
My theory, in case you’re not inclined to read my original post—ahem—is that Dems miscalculated on this war-on-women malarkey because they still think of Republican women as variations on Schlafly, a good woman, yes, but someone one associates with a different era, when Donna Reed and Mrs. Ward Cleaver wore pearls while cooking dinner and deferred to their men on everything. Demure and retiring, they weren’t the types to yell “sez who” when anyone would question their ideas.
Little did I realize, however, that even Democratic women, youthful women who should know better, might hold that ridiculous view of conservative gals, as well. But it turns out, they might be just as prone to stereotyping as their menfolk.
Consider this: a few days ago, I come across a link on a social media site posted by a liberal woman. An educated liberal woman. An educated liberal woman who’s a college professor. The link was to a site claiming Ann Romney had recently said:
“Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?”
The poster shared the link with a message saying she’d “sort of felt sorry” for Ann after the Hilary Rosen kerfuffle, but no longer.
Now, did any of you here read the alleged Ann Romney quote above and for one nanosecond think she could have said that? Mrs. Romney would have to be phenomenally backwards or phenomenally stupid, or both, to have uttered those words.
I don’t know Mrs. Romney, of course, but I have a hard time believing the spouse of any presidential candidate could be so feckless to utter such statements. The Snopes alarm was ringing in my head by word six.
Yet this liberal college prof swallowed all the words whole. Apparently, so did someone at Daily Kos, too (don’t go looking for the page; they took it down).
To their credit, some liberal bloggers pointed out the statements were satire and that Kos had been fooled by them. And the college prof poster took down the link when the truth was pointed out to her.
But let’s think a moment about the duped. What does this reveal about them, that they’d reflexively believe such ridiculous statements came from a Republican woman’s mouth and mind?
I think it demonstrates just how low their opinion of conservative women is—in their heart of hearts, they believe that we’re mindless, stupid, starry-eyed Barbies ready to take our marching orders from the Kens in our lives. Good grief, but that’s offensive.
As I’ve said before, there is a War on Women out there. But it’s being waged by the liberals against conservative women.
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