Despite Some Efforts To Downplay It, Rosen Has Sparked A Firestorm

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There have been so many stories flying around since Hilary Rosen made her unfortunate attack on Ann Romney the other day. Alert readers have submitted links to some excellent articles, and I want to highlight a few of them here, and provide the opportunity for adding more on this issue.

In case you need a reminder, here is her initial comment about the former First Lady of Massachusetts:

Uh, yeah. Pretty insulting no matter how you look at it. Heck, even Ms. Rosen’s apology is not really an apology:

[snip] “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.

“Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay-at-home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen,” Rosen added.[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

“Phony war”? “Faux ‘war against stay-at-home moms’”? Hardly. The comment she made was clearly a slam, no matter how she now wants to try and frame it. She was condescending and arrogant when she made the slam, and is condescending and arrogant in her apology.

Honestly, Ms. Rosen needs to stop talking now. As Helenk noted in a comment providing a link to WeaselZippers, Ms. Rosen is also trying to claim that the Democrats have not used the phrase, “War on Women.” I don’t know what the hell this woman is smoking – oh, wait – yes I do – “Hopium” – but she needs to stop. As the article pointed out, at the DNC store itself, there are, for sale, magnets that specifically mention the “War on Women.”

Other articles have been brought to light, including that, despite the attempts to paint Ms. Romney as a privileged woman being the primary reason she was able to stay at home with her kids, the 2010 US Census Data tells a different tale:

[snip] The data, though, don’t support the impression that staying at home is a luxury. A detailed 2010 study by two Census Bureau sociologist, in fact, found the opposite: While stay-at-home motherhood has become less common over time, the women who stay at home are increasingly those whose low education means they can’t earn enough money to making working outside the home worthwhile.[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

So, yeah, insulting a number of women who may well constitute the Democratic base is not the smartest thing to do.

Nor is it all that bright for the president of NOW, Terry O’Neill to make disparaging remarks either (h/t to Helenk for this article, too). Ms. O’Neill did so about both Romneys, actually, suggesting they had neither the “life experience” or “imagination” necessary to really understand all of us regular ol’ Americans. Right. I’m pretty sure she insulted both of them in a number of ways with that arrogant and condescending statement.

What the hell is it with these people? Why are these women so patronizing and dismissive? Two women who have spent time int he political arena, and who support Conservative women have an idea (h/t pssttcmere), as this headline suggests: “Why The Left Fears Ann Romney.” This is an outstanding piece, and I cannot do it full justice here, so I urge you to read the whole thing. But here are some highlights from this piece:

[snip] In her stunning comments, Rosen claims Romney “never really dealt with the kind of economic issues that a majority of women in the country are facing.”

Moms all across this country look to the unemployment numbers, which have disproportionately affected women, and worry about their families’ immediate future and security.

Moms look to record high gas prices as they begin to plan summer road trips. Women make 80% of all health care decisions in our country, so it’s no wonder a consistent majority of them oppose Obamacare.

Moms know how to make and maintain a budget and are left wondering why it has taken Harry Reid over 1,050 days to pass a budget in the male-dominated, Democrat-led U.S. Senate.

Moms know the crushing legacy that debt can leave and are outraged that, as of today, each of our children owes $50,017.33 of the national debt. This is the legacy of the Obama administration, and this is why liberals like Ms. Rosen make personal attacks on mothers like Ann Romney, rather than debate the issues most important to women.[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

And that is the crux of the matter. Rather than debate the real issues, which would be BAD for Obama, the Democrats are attacking and blaming, ginning up their own “faux” war by claiming that it is not they attacking women, but Republicans. And they claim this all evidence to the contrary.

Except for Rosen who claims the Democrats have never uttered such words. Even though a pretty major Democrat, the Vice President, did just last night. Wow.

So, keep those links and articles coming. Despite attempts to downplay this firestorm, or sweep it under the proverbial rug, Ms. Rosen did this to herself, and the attempts by some to downplay her assertion are doing the Democrats no good at all. Though I have to say, even this has taken some heat off of Obama for paying women in the White House less…

Let’s hear it. Consider this an Open Thread!

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19 Responses to “Despite Some Efforts To Downplay It, Rosen Has Sparked A Firestorm”

  1. HELENK Says:

    http://americanglob.com/2012/04/12/hilarity-rosen/

    the dems banging head against a stone wall

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    That is prety funny. Thanks, Helenk!

  3. HELENK Says:

    after my son was born, I had a part time job offer at a newspaper and I had to make a decision whether to take it , or return to my full time job.
    after all the expenses of working full time
    babysitter, taxes, carfare, lunches etc the difference in pay turned out to be $7.00 a week.
    So was I lazy for taking the part time job, which later turned into a full time job or was I fiscally smart?? You know hilary rosen and her ilk would call me lazy

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You forgot “unimaginative” and lacking in “life experience,” Helen! :-)

      That’s just it – there are MANY reasons why a parent would chose to stay at home. Often, it is just not fiscally responsible to take a job and put the child in daycare. Your experience is a case in point. Not only did it make more sense, but it enable you to spend that critical time with your son. That is no small thing…

  4. HELENK Says:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/13/awww-rosen-declines-spot-on-meet-the-press/

    good question at the end of article
    Is the whitehouse silencing women now???????

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is an excellent question, and I would not put it past then for one second, Helen.

      Thanks for the document dump info, too. It is amazing the stuff that comes our on Friday, isn’t it?

  5. HELENK Says:

    since it is Friday and document dump day

    http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL2E8FD7AK20120413

    backtrack issues excutive order on shale oil

  6. SSDD Says:

    You know, Rev. Amy, I was thinking that you’d be great on Fox. I’d love to see you to do commentary with Father Jonathan. With a Catholic Priest and a Universalist Unitarian Minister, we’d get religion and spirituality from different perspectives and it would be so phenomenal. I am completely serious about this. The world is a much better place because you’re in it and everybody should get the benefits of your wonderful insight and wisdom.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      WOW, SSDD! I am honored, and humbled, that you think so highly of me. What a tremendous compliment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I am so touched by what you wrote!

      I love Fr. Jonathan. He has such a great spirit, doesn’t he?

      You are truly too kind, SSDD!

      • SSDD Says:

        I’m just speaking the truth, Rev. Amy. You have a special gift and I think with a wider audience you could get through to people who have been closed off to ideas and possibilites.

  7. mcnorman Says:

    It’s all about choices and Hilary made a huge boo boo. Some of us are able to work three part time jobs (no benefits), raise the children and work madly at both. Some of us have one partner that works and the other attends to the children. Others work and leave the kids to the nanny/babysitter which might be the grandparents. We ALL make choices and I can’t say that any of that consequences are a walk in the park.

    I have several very close friends who worked nights full time so that they never missed a school function. They were the ones baking the cupcakes and making the extra things to help out the teacher. The children grew up with a parent knowing everything about them. Great sacrifice, absolutely. A difficult but wonderful choice in the end.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Outstanding comment, mcnorman. Thank you so much. People do all kinds of things for their kids – some stay at home because that is what works out best for them, whether they have money or not (since childcare can be so expensive), so have grandparents, or aunts, uncles, friends, watch their kids. Whatever the configuration, it is a valid choice for that family, and should not be held up for ridicule.

      I have a niece who is a nurse, and she works nights for that very reason. Not only is she there when her kids are getting ready for school, but she is there when they come home. She is also a phenomenal cake decorator, and somehow finds the time to make amazing cakes for her kids, and friends. I don’t know how she does it…

  8. mcnorman Says:

    I don’t know how women do it, but they do. Hilary made a very big mistake in attacking the stay at home mom. There are many who foresake the benefits of a nice income so that the parent teacher conferences are never missed.

    Time goes by so quickly. It’s a blur when you are juggling so much at one time. It’s hard to look back and not remember the important moments in a child’s life. They are numerous. Sometimes it’s just easier to take the moments as they come.

    The point is that we all try. Moms are not cut from the same cookie cutter. That is why Hilary’s comment incensed so many mothers.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You are so right, mcnorman. Their elitism caused them to really underestimate the impact such a statement would have. Well, that and the belief that women will continue to flock to Obama no matter what. Between this, and his continuing to pay women less (which got buried pretty deeply by the Rosen flap), HOEPFULLY some of these women are cluing in.

      Yes, they do grow up so quickly. While I was not able to have kids, I do have lots of nieces, nephews, and grandnieces/nephews. It is amazing to see how much they change in such a short amt of time…

      Great comment!

      • mcnorman Says:

        One of my sisters didn’t have children either. No matter, she is the special one that they ALL call and go to when they don’t want to talk to mom. lol She did a lot of the fill in for us when we had things that we couldn’t get out of.

        She’s the one that they will mention in their obits someday as the “favorite.” If you think I’m kidding, just read this obit post.

        http://mcnorman.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/remarkable/

        That special person is the best no matter how old you are!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          What a fantastic obit, mcnorman! Thank you!

          And how wonderful that your sister has that kind of relationship with the kids. What a blessing for her, and them. That is quite an honor, that’s for sure…

  9. cjwk Says:

    Hilary Rosen is a managing director at SDKnickerbocker PR in DC, the same firm where Anita Dunn (former BO WH communications director) is a managing director. The firm also represents Sandra Fluke, pro bono. For BO to ‘distance’ himself from Rosen or her attack against stay-at-home moms is impossible, since BO’s link to his surrogate Rosen is as direct and sure as his link to his surrogate Dunn, and to the carefully orchestrated BO campaign effort to dupe women’s votes. The real war on women is being waged from the BO WH ‘PR war room,’ which attacks any woman whose choices don’t coincide with the Obamacrat/leftist views of what women ‘should be,’ that is, objectified automatons serving the needs and the will of the Orwellian collectivist state. Certainly, women who are fully empowered individual adult human beings making their own choices and charting their own journeys, including the choice to stay home to raise children and care for the home/family, don’t fit the Obamacrat/leftist agenda.

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