Ann Romney is the mother of 5 boys, 16 grandchildren, wife of 43 years, and a cancer survivor currently battling multiple sclerosis. Mitt met Ann when he was a Cub Scout and in the ever-optimistic parlance of the liberal media, this is the “first marriage” for each of them.
This is widely known, including by Hilary Rosen. She is an Obama operative, Democrat strategist, gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender activist, feminist and very frequent guest of the White House. In an unguarded moment, she spoke frankly on CNN about Ann Romney in her role as a homemaker (translation: lacking life experience) and mother of a large family (translation: failure to use contraception or avail oneself of “abortion services”; disregard for the environment). On this occasion, Ms. Rosen spoke specifically of Mitt’s respect for his wife’s counsel saying “guess what, his wife has never actually worked a day in her life.” Note that Ms. Rosen is described as a “communications specialist” and managing director for a strategic communications firm – this was an intentional statement.
This is how liberal feminists honestly view mothers and their traditional (translation: pathetic / unimaginative) lifestyle. It is understood. It is not supposed to be admitted in public, particularly on the record:
Naturally this distracts from the narrative, ironically disclaimed in this interview, that it is the other party who disrespects women and is waging war on them. (BTW, that other political party reportedly wants to outlaw contraception and deny women health services at the bidding of the Catholic Church, undoubtedly in their effort to return women to the dark ages.)
In damage control mode, the White House has forgotten how many times Ms. Rosen has been their guest (35) and made her apologize. She did, sort of, explaining that she “didn’t mean it personally” and that “this is going to be an ugly campaign season.” For his part, Obama’s campaign quickly found some nice things for him to say about mothers.
Media watchdog group NewsBusters noted that not everyone thinks an apology is warranted:
Back up the bus! After bouncing Hilary Rosen beneath the Greyhound, President Obama and friends might have to throw it in reverse again over the person of key Dem coalition member Terry O’Neill. The NOW president suggested to Ed Schultz tonight that Ann Romney, along with Mitt, lacks “life experience” and “imagination” needed to understand most Americans.
For good measure, in the very same segment Dem congresswoman Maxine Waters called the Republican candidate for president Mitt “Rot-ney.” Classy bunch! View the video after the jump.
Watch O’Neill and Waters at work.
TERRY O’NEILL: What would we be saying if Hillary Clinton [sic] had said this: that Ann Romney has never, has not worked for pay outside the home a day in her life? That’s my understanding that’s an accurate statement, and that raises the exact issue that Hilary Rosen was trying to get to, which is do Mr. & Mrs. Romney have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now? I think that that was what Hilary was getting out, and so she left out the words “for pay outside the home.”
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MAXINE WATERS: The Republicans have now raised this issue in this campaign in ways that young women now understand: oh my goodness, we’re at risk! We have taken two steps forward, and this administration, under Mitt Rot-ney, would take us backwards.
The referenced video is in their post: NOW Prez: Ann Romney Lacks ‘Life Experience’ And ‘Imagination’. Typical MSNBC fare.
What I do not understand are the poll numbers showing support for Obama among women. Interviews show that many believe he has their interests at heart and his political opponents do not. Who are these women? The women I know (family, friends, neighbors, parishioners, etc.) are not that gullible and resent the administration’s demeaning attempts at manipulation.
I wonder how many women actually identify with the administration’s lesbian / bisexual / transgender / pro-abortion / anti-family / anti-religion values vs. traditional American ones. How many are comfortable with the repercussions soaring federal debt will have on their children? I just don’t get it.
UPDATE – additional Catholic reaction:
- Join the Million Bon-Bon March
- Lib Radio Host: “Scum, Nazi Pope.”
- ‘Mommy Wars’ is Class Warfare in Disguise
- ‘Working Mothers’ is Redundant