Someone in his camp didn’t get the memo.
In a condescending insult to all stay-at-home moms, Democratic strategist and Democratic National Committee adviser Hilary Rosen said of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wife Ann, “Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life.”
Rosen made the remark in order to posit that such a woman has no right to an opinion on the economy.
That’s insulting enough. But the broader implication is that Rosen doesn’t think raising a family – the Romneys have five children – is work, and that stay-at-home moms toil in abject economic ignorance.
This woman must sprinkle arrogance on her corn flakes.
But this is not just about Rosen. Her belittling barb – which the Obama campaign ran from like a world-class sprinter – reveals a longstanding liberal contempt for stay-at-home mothers. Another Hillary once sniffed about being a real working woman, “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas ...”
The liberal point of view seems to be that they’re pro-choice when it comes to not having babies, but that staying home with them is somehow an unworthy option.
If Ann Romney had been wrestling with whether to take to Twitter before, Rosen’s affront removed all doubt.
“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Mrs. Romney quickly tweeted.
Commentator Glenn Beck, noting a recent week at home with the kids, agreed – saying he’d rather do battle with flamethrower Louis Farrakhan than do the work of a stay-at-home mom.
It’s interesting, too, that Barack Obama growled at any criticism of his wife in the 2008 campaign, saying, “If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful. Because that I find unacceptable. The notion that you start attacking my wife? Or my family? ... These folks should lay off my wife.”
Apparently, conservative women won’t get the same courtesy.