Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, April 12th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 55 Comments
I can’t remember the last time that any political gaffe by anybody has been this incredibly impressive. Democratic adviser Hillary Rosen steps in it and by “steps in it,” I mean does a cannonball right into the septic tank:
ANDERSON COOPER: To the Romney campaign’s point, they say they’re focusing on the economy, and that’s what women say they overwhelmingly care about right now in poll after poll. And whether it’s a typical pattern or not, women are seeing jobs come back much more slowly than men are. Is there anything really wrong then, on reaching out to women on an issue that they care about, on the economy?
HILARY ROSEN: Well, first, can we just get rid of this word, “war on women”? The Obama campaign does not use it, President Obama does not use it—this is something that the Republicans are accusing people of using, but they’re actually the ones spreading it. With respect to economic issues, I think actually that Mitt Romney’s right, that ultimately, women care more about the economic well-being of their families and the like. But he doesn’t connect on that issue either. What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, “Well, my wife tells me what women really care about are economic issues.” And, “When I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.” Guess what? His wife has never actually worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the 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—why we worry about their future. So I think it’s, yes, it’s about these positions, and yes there will be a war of words about the positions, but there’s something much more fundamental about Mitt Romney—he just seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women, and I think that comes across, and I think that’s going to hurt him over the long term. He just doesn’t really see us as equal.
Almost instantly, the Democrats threw Rosen under the bus and then sprinted for the tall grass as fast as their legs could carry them.
The Obama campaign on Thursday moved to quickly distance itself from comments made by a Democratic strategist who said that Ann Romney, the wife of GOP front-runner Mitt, “never worked a day in her life.”
An Obama campaign aide told The Hill that the strategist, Hilary Rosen, is not an adviser of any kind to the campaign and likewise doesn’t serve as an adviser to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The aide’s comments echo those of Patrick Gaspard, the DNC executive director, who said in an interview on MSNBC that Rosen, a renowned Washington communications adviser and strategist, is “absolutely not a paid adviser to the DNC or to the Obama campaign, absolutely not.”
Gaspard, the former political director at the Obama White House, called Rosen a smart strategist but said her comments were “absolutely out of bounds.”
“Ann Romney is someone who obviously has worked hard to raise five good boys, and she’s made some tough choices in her life, I’m certain,” Gaspard said. “Families should be absolutely out of bounds in this discussion.”
First lady Michelle Obama wrote on Twitter, “Every mother works hard and every woman deserves to be respected.”
“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote on Twitter. “Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.”
Senior adviser David Axelrod also called the comments “inappropriate and offensive.”
Spare me the faux anger from the right who view the issue of women’s rights and advancement as a way to score political points. When it comes to supporting policies that would actually help women, their silence has been deafening. I don’t need lectures from the Republican National Committee on supporting women and fighting to increase opportunities for women; I’ve been doing it my whole career.
So it begs the question, is Ann Romney Mitt’s touchstone for women who are struggling economically or not? Nothing in Ann Romney’s history as we have heard it — hardworking mom she may have been — leads me to believe that Mitt has chosen the right expert to get feedback on this problem he professes to be so concerned about.
While adding this sneeringly condescending pat on the head.
I have nothing against Ann Romney. She seems like a nice lady who has raised nice boys, struggled with illness and handles its long-term effects with grace and dignity. I admire her grit in talking about her illness publicly.
Later on, though, she issued an Episcopalian apology.
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen apologized Thursday for her comments about Ann Romney, which set off a political fight over women who don’t work outside the home.
“I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen said in a statement. “Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.
“As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is,” Rosen said. “As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen.
How badly did Rosen screw up? This badly. Think Progress frantically tried blame the whole thing on HOAMUHFOABEEYA!!
No one is arguing that raising children isn’t work. Democratic strategist and CAP Action board member Hilary Rosen is a single mother of twins who had to go through the expensive and challenging process of adoption with her then partner Elizabeth Birch. Now, she’s trying to stick up for other mothers who don’t have the luxury of millionaire husbands to help fund their child-rearing duties, and the backlash is getting ugly.
Except that TP was the first to bring up that little nugget of information.
Breitbart thinks this may have been a trial baloon sent up by the Obama Administration. If so, it failed and we’re talking Hindenburg “Oh, the humanity!!” level here. Will it cost Obama in the fall? The President’s media toadies will do their best to change the subject. But that film is out there and if Mitt Romney doesn’t use it in a campaign ad, you can bet that a number of other people will be uploading their own to YouTube.