- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 12, 2012

LADIES DAY

A big cultural moment follows the encounter between Ann Romney, mother of five, grandmother of 16, and Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist who did not equate Mrs. Romney’s traditional domestic duties with real work, or economic expertise. Media hysteria ensued within minutes of the ladies’ exchange via Twitter, leaving pundits to either sort out the tangle, or add to it. At this juncture, Mrs. Romney is back to campaigning with her husband, Mitt, Ms. Rosen has apologized and is back to, uh, strategizing. Meanwhile, meaning lingers.

“The unified, quick response to Hilary Rosen’s insulting comments about stay-at-home moms should make us all more confident that Republicans are going to win big in November,” observes Christine O’Donnell, a former U.S. Senate candidate who recently resurrected her political action committee.

“As women like Rosen — and many in the Democratic Party — understand it, the ‘misguided’ choices of women like Ann Romney are the greatest threat to feminism today,” says Independent Women’s Forum Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer.

“Perhaps Democrats need to be reminded that feminism is about establishing equality under the law. Now that we have that, they’re going to have to accept the fact that all women don’t want the same thing,” she adds.

INSTA-ICON

The Republican National Committee has already put in weeks of combat duty over the “Republican war on women,” as fashioned by Democrats. But the committee is nimble, indeed, and the recent partisan attacks on Mrs. Romney proved inspirational: Now available for $15, the spiffy “Moms Do Work/Vote GOP” travel mug. Visit www.gop.com for more information.

CAN’T MAKE MISSOURI?

The National Rifle Association’s annual convention in St. Louis is already under way with a cast of thousands — 70,000 in attendance, in fact. The behemoth event is billed as the “Celebration of American Values” and is considered a major campaign stop for Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

Yes, C-SPAN will be there to cover their big speeches Friday, and many more. Also on the dais: Republican Sens. Roy Blunt and Chuck Grassley, Reps. Eric Cantor and Darrell E. Issa, Govs. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry; consult www.c-span.org for more information.

The NRA (www.nra.org) also has much to offer, with live online coverage of multiple events and video footage of past meetings. There’s also a free phone app that tracks some 500 exhibitors and countless seminars and workshops, including one titled “the Year of the Great White Buffalo,” delivered by Ted Nugent.

BUMPER PATROL

“Lord help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.”

— Bumper sticker spotted near Camden, N.J.

CANDIDATE TRACKER

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