Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen just misfired badly enough in the so-called “War on Women” that even by die-hard leftists on Obama’s reelection campaign felt the need to rebuke her.
While appearing on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Rosen said that Ann Romney, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, “has actually never worked a day in her life” since she was a stay at home mother of five.
As a working woman myself, I’m hardly opposed to the idea of businesswomen. But unlike Rosen, I also understand the value of a stay-at-home mom, in part because my mother – one of the most intelligent women I know – did just that. And when I tell you that she worked hard, that doesn’t come even close to doing her efforts justice.
Recognizing the potential backlash from such wonderful (and apparently highly unappreciated) women, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina quickly tweeted that he “could not disagree with Hilary Rosen more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” And even David Axelrod took to the net to express his disappointment “in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
For her part though, Rosen isn’t backing down, responding with a tweet or two of her own, including: “I’ve nothing against @AnnRomney. I just don’t want Mitt using her as an expert on women struggling $ to support their family. She isn’t.” and “@AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy.”
But why shouldn’t he?
She is a woman, isn’t she? So she therefore has a special insight into the feminine world that Romney, as a man, does not. Wouldn’t it be an insult to her – and an unflattering insinuation about his views on women in general – if he dismissed her advice as invalid just because she chose family over a career?
As for her economic input, a stay at home mother is just as qualified to talk about the economy as anybody else, especially considering her probable list of daily activities.
She goes to the grocery store to pick up food every week, where inflationary prices slap her up and down every single aisle… She has to run her children around to their various extracurricular activities, and therefore suffers significantly from high gasoline prices… And while she might not have an income of her own, she actively participates in her husband’s. If he gets a raise or a paycut, you’d better darn well believe that she knows about it and feels the effects too!
What does Rosen think? That they sit on their cushy tushies all day and eat bonbons?
So forget Hilary Rosen’s ignorant comments, and viva las Stay-at-Home Mothers! You gals are great!