The war on conservative women

Democratic operative heaps scorn on an undeserving Ann Romney

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President Obama said recently that women aren’t a “monolithic” voting bloc.

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.

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faithson
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faithson 04/13/12 - 12:07 am
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Anyone who thinks that Ann

Anyone who thinks that Ann Romney's household as she raised all those children is anything, and I mean ANYTHING like an average american household is being 'intellectually dishonest', period. No need to even discuss an issue with journalists that are so partisan, they delude themselves with the fodder of their provocateurs.

faithson
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faithson 04/13/12 - 12:00 am
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Now, as to 'liberal contempt

Now, as to 'liberal contempt for stay-at-home mothers', this statement is a total fabrication by people who only look to divide us. People who use fear as a means of motivation. Mike, you can do better.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 04/13/12 - 01:35 am
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Open mouth/ insert foot. Lets

Open mouth/ insert foot. Lets not make a mountain out of a molehill. I doubt the Ms. Rosen speaks for everybody in the Demcorps. Good for Ann sticking up for herself. It seems sometimes as if today's political dialogue is pandering towards the lowest common denominator/voter. I'd rather see the candidates literally wrestling or slinging mud. Sell some ads. Make it like the Superbowl. Use the revenue to pay down the debt, or maybe buy a drone or two.

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Riverman1 04/13/12 - 03:57 am
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Heck, Obama never worked a

Heck, Obama never worked a day in HIS life. Let's get real here.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/13/12 - 04:01 am
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it wasn't even an insult.
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it wasn't even an insult. the fact that mrs romney hadn't had a job was a point in a discussion about romney's attempt to win women voters; romney had said he listens to his wife on issues of economic importance to women. rosen was saying mrs romney does not deal with economic issues of most women. this is a silly assigned talking point and impossible to make any good sense with, but you guys are loyal and obedient.

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Riverman1 04/13/12 - 04:05 am
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BSNM, so that is just one

BSNM, so that is just one line kind of taken out of context? Kind of like when Romney (correctly) said corporations are people, too, and it was played out of context over and over on MSNBC.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/13/12 - 04:12 am
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it's a line out of context
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it's a line out of context and causing major outrage as a "war on conservative women" which seems pretty handy. i'm surprised the writer(s) of this column didn't have two minutes to read or listen to the sentence before or after. kidding. i'd be surprised if this talking point didn't inspire an editorial from this group.

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nofanofobama 04/13/12 - 06:37 am
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there is a war on

there is a war on conservative women..look at palin and the attacks not only on her but her family..the dims are disgusting and lying when they say they stand for women..they stand only for dependancy in all forms..staying at home is work for you who believe its NOT... ITS Also a LIFE CHOICE..my wife stayed at home and worked weekends...when i watched the kids..priorites and sacrfice and its very doable...and its not just a hardship on women..its a sacrfice by the married couple..and its well worth it..and mit earned his money unlike a lot of dims kenndys and kerry come to mind...so maybe they werent rich all their lives... and having money does not exempt you from life's trials

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Retired Army 04/13/12 - 06:47 am
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Hard work their Mrs Romney?

Hard work their Mrs Romney? How many maids, houseservants, nanny's, gardeners, personal trainers, chauffers and social secretary's did you have to manage any way?

Yup! Gotta have empathy for those hard working stay at home change every diaper help with the private school home work moms.

And let's not get started with the stoopid wealth envy aguement. I came from a well to do family and one of the saddest days of my life was the passing of our full time nanny Sally Perdum when I was 13 years old. The willow tree from which we picked our own switch for her use is a reminder to me of her life of service to a family of means.

No, this is not a wealth envy thing. It's an out of touch thing. My mother, bless her heart and rest her soul might well have taken the part of Mrs Romney had her 8 children been natural born. But they were adopted instead. That's what comes from Rooseveldt era Democrats who survived the real Great Depression and passed on the idea of social responsibility to all their adopted children. Something sadly lacking in the Republican Party/puesdo conservative voters these days.

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Techfan 04/13/12 - 06:52 am
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I'll believe corporations are

I'll believe corporations are people when one gets arrested and gets given the electric chair.

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justthefacts 04/13/12 - 07:09 am
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Women vs men, Rich vs Poor,

Women vs men, Rich vs Poor, Black vs White, and on and on. All part of the plan.

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Austin Rhodes 04/13/12 - 07:15 am
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The Romneys are not the

The Romneys are not the Kennedys, they did not start out wealthy, and there were plenty of times they had to deal with real life issues as they were starting their family.

Keep in mind, Rosen did not say "Ann Romney" did not know women's issues...she said she COULD NOT KNOW BECAUSE SHE NEVER WORKED OUTSIDE THE HOME.

My Aunt Jewell was one of the smartest political people I have ever known, and with the exception of a few years right out of college working as a teacher, she was a full time stay at home Mom. The last 55 years of her life she was a "housewife/grandmother", and when it came to politics she was brilliant.

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omnomnom 04/13/12 - 07:16 am
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Tech, that's one of the best

Tech, that's one of the best slogans to come out of the Occupy Movement so far.

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Bizkit 04/13/12 - 07:29 am
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The only difference between a

The only difference between a stay at home mom and any other working women is one get paid and the other doesn't. The Romney's huge family is not the average so you bet they aren't average-probably more like the Duggar's. Mitt has to be a millionaire to raise all those kids-hee,hee,hee. My parent's worked their way to the top 1%-he worked like a dog and she worked raising me and my three siblings like a dog. Cooked, cleaned, even made our clothes, had a small garden in the back yard, etc. She was raised during the depression so despite the wealth she remained frugal. I remember my Dad buying her diamonds and she would wince then put it in a safe (she would graciously accept but you could tell she did'nt want it. We are all human so raising kids has a fundamental thread common to all. I doubt their family is much different from any other, except maybe more toys but who knows. Growing up in an affluent neighborhood I was surprised how cheap most of the parents and all made their kids work. Perhaps they got rich being so thrifty and wanted to instill a good work ethic. I learned well too and made all my kids work, nor would I give them lavish gifts. Even Warren Buffet did the same, even leaving his wealth to a Gates foundation rather than his kids. I always have thought it odd how people "see" and discriminate against the wealthy-really no different than race or gender. Even if you were dirt poor 90% of our life, once wealthy you suddenly transform and mutate to some different creature seems the view.

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broad street narrow mind 04/13/12 - 07:24 am
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why is mitt romney getting
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why is mitt romney getting his woman's issues knowledge from his wife? do his underpants not allow him to read books by women or listen to working women?

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nofanofobama 04/13/12 - 07:30 am
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bsnm--perhaps because she is

bsnm--perhaps because she is a woman ...da--all wives are sounding boards...all wives usally will tell you if you are wrong...

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/13/12 - 09:13 am
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It's amazing that the usual

It's amazing that the usual folks are out desperately trying to defend the latest democrat to reveal their true hatred of anything that smacks of traditional American family values. Ms. Rosen knew exactly what she was doing, and said what she truly meant to say. I give her that. And, that is her right.

I read somewhere that Ms. Rosen and her "Partner" had adopted twins. Maybe Ms. Rosen was simply jealous because she could not become a natural mom due to her sexual preferences?

Stop the inane apologies. Rosen said a stupid, insensitive, and hateful thing. She got caught revealing her true feelings. Afterward, she first stuck up for herself and continued to attach Ms. Romney -- I read her initial response on CNN.com. Then (assuming after pressure from the democratic leadership) she finally, reluctantly, apologized for her gaff.

All she did was speak from her heart and provided another example of the liberal mindset. Don't diss her for simply being honest. She just hates anything that smacks of traditional values, and was proud to vent her anger against Ms. Romney. Sad, but true.

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broad street narrow mind 04/13/12 - 07:45 am
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austin, romney was the son of
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austin, romney was the son of a governor and grew up pretty cushy. they were always okay, even though they got married in college.

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Bizkit 04/13/12 - 08:09 am
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RetiredArmy, I had a nanny

RetiredArmy, I had a nanny too when my Mom got into politics. Back in the 60's she was running for Board of Ed, County commiss., etc. , and man the flack and demonization was unreal as you can imagine (Dad got grief too for not keep his lady in check-jeez). I remember her heading up the Goldwater Presidential campaign-probably where some of my more conservative and libertarian views have been influenced. The nanny was awesome and we loved her as a member of our family. She would discipline me as my parents, but so would all the parents in my neighborhood-community organization use to be the norm.

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allhans 04/13/12 - 08:32 am
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The Dems have been caught

The Dems have been caught out. Their claim of a conservative "war on women" has come back to bite them. IT will always be so.
Ugly never pays and the Obama campaign is playing bruisingly ugly and breaking all the rules going after the women vote, (most of them set by Obama in 2008).

The thing is Americans aren't dumb. It might take a few weeks but watch the stats change.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/13/12 - 09:14 am
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Allhans, you know they are

Allhans, you know they are desperate when you see them trying anything and everything to divert attention away from the economy and from Obama's performance record over the past 3 years.

They're grasping at straws here. It's painfully humorous, actually. If the "attack on women" tactic implodes (as it seems to have done, thanks to the honesty of Ms. Rosen), we'll see what they try next. Anything to keep people from focusing on the real issues.

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dichotomy 04/13/12 - 09:03 am
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It does not matter whether

It does not matter whether Mrs. Romney has held a job or not. Either way it does not mean that she does not talk to women as she travels. She certainly does do that and that makes her capable of advising her husband on what she hears from other women, some of which I am sure do hold jobs and some of whom who are stay-at-home moms who are not rich and do not have domestic help. The remarks made by Hilary Rosen are exactly what you would expect from a lesbian who probably hates every conservative, traditional female. I suspect Rosen and her "partner" Elizabeth loathe every conservative, staight female who is married, has her own children, and is doing well. Not exactly the kind of person other women should be taking advice from about the 'war on women". Not that there is anything wrong with Rosen being a lesbian but her motivation and credibility on attacking a conservative, straight female should be questioned along with which agenda she is really working for.

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howcanweknow 04/13/12 - 09:14 am
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Correction: Her name is

Correction: Her name is "Rosen", not "Morton". My bad. Must be getting confused in my old age. *fixed the problem now*

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/13/12 - 09:24 am
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"The remarks made by Hilary

"The remarks made by Hilary Rosen are exactly what you would expect from a lesbian who probably hates every conservative, traditional female. I suspect Rosen and her "partner" Elizabeth loathe every conservative, staight female who is married, has her own children, and is doing well."

Dichot, I really believe you nailed that real reason behind Rosen's tirade. There is a deep-seated hatred for successful women who stay in school, marry a man, have children within the confines of their marriage relationship, and then successfully raise a family and maintain that same marriage to one man.

This is the "traditional" model that has proven to be best for centuries. Yet, it chafes against the "new and improved" version that so many women seem to prefer now. I think some women, like Rosen, have to put down such a traditional model to try and justify their chosen lifestyle.

Why burn the energy to put someone else down? I mean, to each his own. No one says Rosen can't have it her way. Ms. Romney did not come out and criticize Rosen or anyone like her. There just seems to be latent guilt or hatred buried in some people that can't stand to see successful women in traditional families. The Rosens have to lash out and be intolerant. Again, just sad.

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Bizkit 04/13/12 - 09:28 am
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You have to admit Obama is

You have to admit Obama is the most divisive president we've had in a long time. First try to divide by class, then by race, and now by gender. It took so long to get here it is a shame he wants to take us back. We should call him the De-evolutionizer or the Divider. We could make a real TV series-I bet he would love it. I guess we should all be skeptical of his notion of "change". Most politicians try to win votes not alienate voters but Obama and Santorum really got on the crazy train. Odd isn't it.

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Retired Army 04/13/12 - 09:32 am
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Nice of you folks to get your

Nice of you folks to get your lesbian bashing out of your system. Hatred comes in many forms don't it.

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Bizkit 04/13/12 - 09:35 am
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Note the media didn't respond

Note the media didn't respond with a backlash against these comments till the public went wild. The media has no problem with such vile comments. But if the shoe was on the other foot and someone made a reference to Rosen as a ______ (another name for an embankment-popular in the Netherlands-gee so politically correct), then the media would have made it front and center as an attack on women and homosexuality. Discrimination and hatred does come in many forms.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/13/12 - 09:38 am
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No one is bashing. Just

No one is bashing. Just stating facts. Rosen is a lesbian. That's common knowledge and is her choice. More power to her.

She's the one who took the step to criticize and spew her hatred. All that's done here was to try and speculate as to what brought on her intolerant tirade. She's definitely upset about something, and attacked a women who never did her any harm. That's not normal, unless you have an underlying agenda.

If you have a better theory, please enlighten us....

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/13/12 - 09:42 am
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See the typical liberal

See the typical liberal tactic: you can't dispute the facts of what someone says, so you just brand them as "haters".

Seeing the same avoidance of reality from the left over and over again is so tiresome. Predictable. Yet, tiresome.

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Bizkit 04/13/12 - 09:46 am
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Here is a paradox. What if

Here is a paradox. What if you have a cousin who was married and he had kids. Then he changed genders and became female and dated males. But now he (genetically)-she (phenotypically) has gone back to dating females. Is he-she a lesbian or heterosexual now? You either discriminate by looks (phenotype) they are female or discriminate by genes (genetically having a Y chromosome) they are male. I guess appearances can be deceiving. And this story is true.

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