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Yes Ms. Demo Strategist....Let's back up on your comment about Romney being a Stay At Home Mom......

Posted by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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Dem Strategist Attacks Ann Romney as A Stay-At-Home Mom: ‘Never Worked a Day in Her Life'

Imagine the outrage if a Republican strategist referred to a stay-at-home mom by saying that she was someone who "never worked a day in her life." How about a mother of five?

A Republican strategist did not say that. But a Democrat did... and it was a female, Democrat strategist.

During an appearance on Anderson Cooper's "AC360" last night, Democratic strategist and CNN regular Hilary Rosen said something similar about Mitt Romney's wife Ann when she told Anderson:

"His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we . . . why we worry about their future."

(The quote kicks in at the :47 second mark of this clip:)

 

That comment immediately began bouncing around the social media network and actually inspired Ann Romney's first (and currently only) tweet on Twitter.Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist Attacks Mitt Romneys WifeAs you might expect, Hilary Rosen was bombarded with messages on Twitter. She quickly scrambled to try and blunt the attacks by tweeting the following:

Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist Attacks Mitt Romneys WifeThat comment seemed to get a "nice try, but..." And so, Rosen continued:

Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist Attacks Mitt Romneys Wife

It took about an hour, but the Obama campaign realized that Rosen's comments, and the fact that she is not really backing down from her statement, could be a problem - especially since it doesn't fit the narrative that the Republicans have waged a "war on women." Campaign manager Jim Messina jumped into the tweet storm:

 

Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist Attacks Mitt Romneys Wife

Another Obama lieutenant, David Axelrod also posted his denouncement of Rosen's gaffe:

Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist Attacks Mitt Romneys Wife

About the same time that Axelrod and Messina's tweets appeared, so did one from a female member of the Obama campaign, Stephanie Cutter:

Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist Attacks Mitt Romneys WifeAs Democrats moved to distance themselves from Ms. Rosen's comment, a member of the Romney family jumped in to support mom. Here's the tweet from Josh Romney:

Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist Attacks Mitt Romneys Wife

As Mother's Day approaches,the worth of 'Stay At Home Moms" is a regular topic on news channels. Each year we learn just how much money mom should be earning for performing all of the tasks involved with raising children. Last year, Salary.com claimed that moms work would be worth $90,000 a year. Five years ago, CNN and ABC both did stories quoting the results of a survey that claimed stay-at-home moms worked 92 hours a week and the work they do should bring in $138,000 a year.

Was Hilary Rosen's comment about Ann Romney "over the line?" Share your thoughts on working moms and participate in our Blaze poll.

by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Typical......

tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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That makes me sick.Putting down a woman for choosing to stay home with her kids.Just because she hasn't worked outside of the home (and IT IS WORK! to raise your kids and keep a home) does not mean that she has no idea what it takes to financially care for the family.WTH? She has the same concerns on that as her husband has.I was a stay at home mother for 16 years and I have known many stay at home mothers that have worked much harder than others who worked outside of their homes.Granted some stay at home mamas are pretty useless but alot are aboslutely amazing.Shame on this woman for her crappy comments!

Carpy
by Platinum Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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Damage control.

imamomzilla
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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Sounds like a 'Democratic War on SAHMs'.

 

tm88rn
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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I agree and disagree. Obviously Ann Romney worked hard. She raised five boys. I am a stay at home of just two right now with number three on the way, and hell yes I work. I can't imagine running herd on five boys. However, I do agree that she isn't qualified to speak about the economy or worrying about money. She doesn't know what it is like to work and raise her kids, to struggle to make ends meet. Neither do I. My husband handles finances. I habe never worked while raising children. So while the delivery was rude, and saying she didn't work was wrong, I agree with her basic message. I also agree that families should be kept out of politics, both by the candidate and by the media and opponents. Though she did put herself out there and often. They have to expect attacks against anyone who actively campaigns for a candidate, no matter what side the candidate is on.
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imamomzilla
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:39 AM

 This is an Obama DNC adviser?

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

 

Quoting tm88rn:

I agree and disagree. Obviously Ann Romney worked hard. She raised five boys. I am a stay at home of just two right now with number three on the way, and hell yes I work. I can't imagine running herd on five boys. However, I do agree that she isn't qualified to speak about the economy or worrying about money. She doesn't know what it is like to work and raise her kids, to struggle to make ends meet. Neither do I. My husband handles finances. I habe never worked while raising children. So while the delivery was rude, and saying she didn't work was wrong, I agree with her basic message. I also agree that families should be kept out of politics, both by the candidate and by the media and opponents. Though she did put herself out there and often. They have to expect attacks against anyone who actively campaigns for a candidate, no matter what side the candidate is on.

Does your husband handle all of the families finances?  Does he pay all the bills?  My mom was a stayed at home mom, but she paid all of the bills.  However, she didn't know about various life insurance policies or various stocks that my dad had purchased over the years.  When my dad passed away she had no clue about those things or how to handle them. 

tm88rn
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM
Yes, my husband handles all the finances, bills, insurance policies, everything.

Quoting rocketracer:



Quoting tm88rn:

I agree and disagree. Obviously Ann Romney worked hard. She raised five boys. I am a stay at home of just two right now with number three on the way, and hell yes I work. I can't imagine running herd on five boys. However, I do agree that she isn't qualified to speak about the economy or worrying about money. She doesn't know what it is like to work and raise her kids, to struggle to make ends meet. Neither do I. My husband handles finances. I habe never worked while raising children. So while the delivery was rude, and saying she didn't work was wrong, I agree with her basic message. I also agree that families should be kept out of politics, both by the candidate and by the media and opponents. Though she did put herself out there and often. They have to expect attacks against anyone who actively campaigns for a candidate, no matter what side the candidate is on.

Does your husband handle all of the families finances?  Does he pay all the bills?  My mom was a stayed at home mom, but she paid all of the bills.  However, she didn't know about various life insurance policies or various stocks that my dad had purchased over the years.  When my dad passed away she had no clue about how those things or how to handle them. 

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Meadowchik
by Gold Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Sorry, but I am calling BS.  That's ad-hominrm attack.  Evaluate her words on their merit.  I don't think she ever claimed to be an authority on a subject, but in any case, many of us can have valuable opinions and insights even if we don't have professional credentials.  And btw, there is a whole lot more to life than money.  Of course it makes a difference, but money cannot teach kids discipline, money cannot cure all ills, make decisions or give us self-control.  I have struggled financially as a SAHM and I've had times without financial struggle, but it's still been hard, challenging, and I still have to budget and make good economic and spending decisions. 

Quoting tm88rn:

I agree and disagree. Obviously Ann Romney worked hard. She raised five boys. I am a stay at home of just two right now with number three on the way, and hell yes I work. I can't imagine running herd on five boys. However, I do agree that she isn't qualified to speak about the economy or worrying about money. She doesn't know what it is like to work and raise her kids, to struggle to make ends meet. Neither do I. My husband handles finances. I habe never worked while raising children. So while the delivery was rude, and saying she didn't work was wrong, I agree with her basic message. I also agree that families should be kept out of politics, both by the candidate and by the media and opponents. Though she did put herself out there and often. They have to expect attacks against anyone who actively campaigns for a candidate, no matter what side the candidate is on.


rocketracer
by Gold Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Speaking based on my experience in helping my mom sort those things out, please get an understanding of those things.  What if your husband should unfortunately pass away?  It's a subject many people don't like to talk about, but it's a necessary topic married couples need to discuss.

Quoting tm88rn:

Yes, my husband handles all the finances, bills, insurance policies, everything.

Quoting rocketracer:

 


Quoting tm88rn:

I agree and disagree. Obviously Ann Romney worked hard. She raised five boys. I am a stay at home of just two right now with number three on the way, and hell yes I work. I can't imagine running herd on five boys. However, I do agree that she isn't qualified to speak about the economy or worrying about money. She doesn't know what it is like to work and raise her kids, to struggle to make ends meet. Neither do I. My husband handles finances. I habe never worked while raising children. So while the delivery was rude, and saying she didn't work was wrong, I agree with her basic message. I also agree that families should be kept out of politics, both by the candidate and by the media and opponents. Though she did put herself out there and often. They have to expect attacks against anyone who actively campaigns for a candidate, no matter what side the candidate is on.

Does your husband handle all of the families finances?  Does he pay all the bills?  My mom was a stayed at home mom, but she paid all of the bills.  However, she didn't know about various life insurance policies or various stocks that my dad had purchased over the years.  When my dad passed away she had no clue about how those things or how to handle them. 


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