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

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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
Replies (81-90):
_Kissy_
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Yes, but many repubs have seeked RL's approval..

Quoting Jambo4:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

She doesn't work for the DNC



She doesn't work for the Obama admin



She isn't affiliated with his campaign



She is an employee of CNN



She is a cable news commenttator



Sounds a lot like Rush Limbaugh.. but you were sure more than pleased to jump on him and demonize ALL of the Republicans... 

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Jambo4
by Gold Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

LOL.. shure.. I see the difference... 

Quoting _Kissy_:

Yes, but many repubs have seeked RL's approval..

Quoting Jambo4:

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

She doesn't work for the DNC

 She doesn't work for the Obama admin

She isn't affiliated with his campaign

She is an employee of CNN

She is a cable news commenttator



Sounds a lot like Rush Limbaugh.. but you were sure more than pleased to jump on him and demonize ALL of the Republicans... 


Jambo4
by Gold Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

The War on Moms

While the left continues to accuse the right of waging a “war on women,” the Obama Administration is implementing their own “war on women” by, as Glenn put it, “treating them like morons.”

Yesterday, Democratic talking head Hilary Rosen went on CNN and basically said that because Ann Romney was a stay at home mom, “she’s never worked a day in her life,” and therefore doesn’t have any credibility regarding economic issues.

Here is her statement from CNN last night:

“With respect to economic issues, I think, actually, Mitt Romney is right, that ultimately women care more about the economic well-being of their family, and the like. But he doesn’t connect on that issue either. What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying my wife tells me what women really care about are economic issues. When I listen to my wife that’s what I’m hearing. Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the economic issues that — a majority of issues that women are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send to them to school, and how we worry about their future.”

Glenn couldn’t help but point out that Ann Romney has not only raised five children, those children were all boys – not exactly an easy task.

Stu took note of how little attention has been paid to the second part of Rosen’s offensive comment. “She has never put thought into the economic future of her children.”

“That’s a shot at being rich,” Pat said, also questioning how anyone could not be aware that most everyone is concerned with the future of their children, regardless of their economic situation.

“I bet wealthy conservatives are more concerned about their children’s economic future than liberals are,” Glenn said. “Because conservatives are more likely to say, pull yourself up by your bootstraps this is my money I made it. You go make it on your own. I’ll help you, but you go make it on your own. You’re not going to live off daddy. The Kennedys live off daddy, and granddaddy, and gran-gran-grandaddy. Limousine liberals, that’s what it is. They pass it from generation to generation, and they just become these really dependent people.

This always seems to be how the left exposes who they really are. They point their finger at the right, and accuse them of exactly what they themselves are guilty of. “This is who Hilary Rosen, and people like her are,” said Pat.

Friday
by Platinum Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM


Quoting Jambo4:


Quoting Friday:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Yup

It's her opinion that Ann Romeny doesnt understand the daily struggle that average Moms go through, working or otherwise...

Who cares?


Quoting Friday:

I think Rosen was out of line but she has apologized. I read some Conservatives have made sure to bash her back so I guess it's even.

Apparently Rosen was voted spokesperson for the Left w/o telling the rest of us. I've never even heard of her before but have seen many on the right insist that all Dems agree with her. Astounding.

lol.. be fair, we get the same thing whenever a Repub does that.

I never said otherwise.


Friday
by Platinum Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM


Quoting Jambo4:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

She doesn't work for the DNC

She doesn't work for the Obama admin

She isn't affiliated with his campaign

She is an employee of CNN

She is a cable news commenttator

Sounds a lot like Rush Limbaugh.. but you were sure more than pleased to jump on him and demonize ALL of the Republicans... 

Some woman most of us have never heard of is somehow comparable to Limbaugh with his millions of listeners and the GOP kissing his ass? I haven't seen any Dems that are scared to cross this woman but there are Reps who won't cross Limbaugh. Didn't Michael Steele once apologize to Rush for saying Rush says ugly things?

I get your point that we shouldn't assume all Reps/Dems agree with each other but, Rush holds way more power in the GOP than just about anyone in the Dems.


godotherightthi
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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Quoting Friday:


Quoting Jambo4:


Quoting Friday:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Yup

It's her opinion that Ann Romeny doesnt understand the daily struggle that average Moms go through, working or otherwise...

Who cares?


Quoting Friday:

I think Rosen was out of line but she has apologized. I read some Conservatives have made sure to bash her back so I guess it's even.

Apparently Rosen was voted spokesperson for the Left w/o telling the rest of us. I've never even heard of her before but have seen many on the right insist that all Dems agree with her. Astounding.

lol.. be fair, we get the same thing whenever a Repub does that.

I never said otherwise.

It's just that the senitment would seem more genuine (did I spell that right?) if more left leaners took the time to say this when it's a post about a kooky conservative saying something similarly stupid.

Friday
by Platinum Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM


Quoting godotherightthi:


Quoting Friday:


Quoting Jambo4:


Quoting Friday:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Yup

It's her opinion that Ann Romeny doesnt understand the daily struggle that average Moms go through, working or otherwise...

Who cares?


Quoting Friday:

I think Rosen was out of line but she has apologized. I read some Conservatives have made sure to bash her back so I guess it's even.

Apparently Rosen was voted spokesperson for the Left w/o telling the rest of us. I've never even heard of her before but have seen many on the right insist that all Dems agree with her. Astounding.

lol.. be fair, we get the same thing whenever a Repub does that.

I never said otherwise.

It's just that the senitment would seem more genuine (did I spell that right?) if more left leaners took the time to say this when it's a post about a kooky conservative saying something similarly stupid.

I think more on both sides should speak out but I can only account for myself and I do when I can.


Jambo4
by Gold Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM


Quoting Friday:


Quoting Jambo4:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

She doesn't work for the DNC

She doesn't work for the Obama admin

She isn't affiliated with his campaign

She is an employee of CNN

She is a cable news commenttator

Sounds a lot like Rush Limbaugh.. but you were sure more than pleased to jump on him and demonize ALL of the Republicans... 

Some woman most of us have never heard of is somehow comparable to Limbaugh with his millions of listeners and the GOP kissing his ass? I haven't seen any Dems that are scared to cross this woman but there are Reps who won't cross Limbaugh. Didn't Michael Steele once apologize to Rush for saying Rush says ugly things?

I get your point that we shouldn't assume all Reps/Dems agree with each other but, Rush holds way more power in the GOP than just about anyone in the Dems.

I note your point as well.

rachelrothchild
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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"I meant she never had to care for her kids AND earn a paycheck like MOST American women!"

Oh, boy.  Yes, the truth is 61% of women work outside of the home FT or PT, but the # of SAHMs or homemakers is going up all the time.  I don't know what the difference is between someone who takes care of her children 11-12 hours a day by herself (like I do) and a woman who works 8 hours a day (or less) and takes care of her children for a few hours at night.  I am a full-time mom during the day and a part-time mom at night.  Other women are a full-time worker during the day and a part-time mom at night.  I do have to say that I used to spend about 35 hours a week JUST breastfeeding.  That's pretty much a full-time job.

Taking care of my son for 11-12 hours a day is much harder than the worst job I ever had.  Of the moms I know who have stayed home and worked, most of them would say going to work is much easier.  Also, you can get a babysitter several nights a week and get breaks that way too.

I think her comments are out of line, and honestly, it's none of her business what other moms do.  So many women I know have experienced disrespect and rude comments just because they choose to stay home with their kids-like they aren't contributing or they just sit on their asses all day and do nothing.  I don't think it's fair.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Apr. 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Out of curiosity, did you edit out the part where she talked about how they were living off of Mitt's stock money from his dad and neither of them worked, or is this a different version of this interview than the one I saw earlier?

Quoting imamomzilla:

 From the Boston Globe....

Of her student days with Mitt at BYU, Ann Romney said:

“They were not easy years. You have to understand, I was raised in a lovely neighborhood, as was Mitt, and at BYU, we moved into a $62-a-month basement apartment with a cement floor and lived there two years as students with no income.

“It was tiny. And I didn’t have money to carpet the floor. But you can get remnants, samples, so I glued them together, all different colors. It looked awful, but it was carpeting....

“We had our first child in that tiny apartment. We couldn’t afford a desk, so we used a door propped on sawhorses in our bedroom. It was a big door, so we could study on it together. And we bought a portable crib, took the legs off and put it on the desk while we studied. I had a baby sitter during class time, but otherwise, I’d hold my son on my lap while I studied.

“The funny thing is that I never expected help. My father had become wealthy through hard work, as did Mitt’s father, but I never expected our parents to take care of us. They’d visit, laugh and say, `We can’t believe you guys are living like this.’ They’d take us out to dinner, have a good time, then leave....

“Right after Mitt graduated in 1975, we had our third boy and it was about the time Mitt’s first paycheck came along. So, we were married a long time before we had any income, about five years as struggling students. …

“Now, every once in a while, we say if things get rough, we can go back to a $62-a-month apartment and be happy. All we need is each other and a little corner and we’ll be fine.”

Quoting momtoscott:

Clumsy attempt at class division that backfired, even though I understand the point Rosen was trying to make. 

It took me a long time, as I grew up very poor, to accept that rich people's problems were as troubling to them as poor people's; I hope that rich people have been able to undergo the same process.  I'm sure that Ann Romney has worked and worried very hard to raise her family, even though financial worries were almost certainly not among the worries that she has had.  Does she have some empathy for what I, a middle class WAHM, go through?  I have no idea.  While I hope so,  I'm more concerned about whether Mitt or Barack has empathy for my circumstances.   I have my doubts about each of them, frankly.

 

 

Yes, clearly edited out.

The highlighted speaks of MR's FIRST PAYING job after having child #3- unless they were on welfare, how did they surivive? 



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