Democratic operative Hilary Rosen attacked Mitt Romney’s wife Ann on CNN Wednesday night when she told host Anderson Cooper, “Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life.”
A Twitter account appeared in Mrs. Romney’s name immediately thereafter.
@AnnDRomney : “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann tweeted.
According to ABC News that the account belongs to Ann Romney.
The Obama campaign quickly went into damage control. “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted out. Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod tweeted: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
However, Rosen has not backed off her comments yet and has, in fact, doubled down through her tweets:
@AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy. #HeNeedsMore
@AnnDRomney I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don’t u?
@morningmoneyben When Mitt says he listens to her about women’s economic problems, it is fair to wonder why?
@donnapt My point is that he should stop saying that she is his guide to women’s economic problems. She doesn’t have any.
Democrats have previously tried to target the wives of GOP candidates in a similar fashion. Michelle Malkin points out the time when Democratic Senator John Kerry’s wife Teresa took a shot at George W. Bush’s wife Laura as well as a video clip that showed Hillary Clinton’s disdain for stay at home mothers.
I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession…Teresa Heinz-Kerry did it to Laura Bush in 2004:Q: You’d be different from Laura Bush?A: Well, you know, I don’t know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don’t know that she’s ever had a real job — I mean, since she’s been grown up.And now, Anita Dunn colleague and Huffington Post Beltway insider Hilary Rosen has done it to Ann Romney (click the link for full coverage at Twitchy.com):She’s “never worked a day in her life.”
Rosen tweeted back to Ann Romney in a condescending manner that there are “American women” who “HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children” In a 2008 piece, Malkin points out that liberals attacked Governor Sarah Palin for being a mother with a career! :
Let’s talk Mommy Wars, double standards, and the media elite. Last Friday, Obama Campaign National Finance Committee member Howard Gutman attacked Sarah Palin’s ability to be a good parent and have a high-powered public life at the same time. In a finger-wagging appearance on the Laura Ingraham radio show, Obama’s operative scolded the Republican mother of five children for not putting her professional career on hold.“Your responsibility is to put your family first,” Gutman lectured as he singled out Palin’s Down’s Syndrome baby and pregnant teenage daughter. “The proper attack is not that a woman shouldn’t run for vice president with five kids, it’s that a parent, when they have a family in need,” should get out of the public sphere and stay home.The Gutman standard has now been proffered by countless Obama hacks and water-carrying commentators. Damningly, it’s high-powered working mothers in the journalism business helping to broadcast the anti-Palin slams or doing nothing to defend her.
One more thought. It is not just stay at home mothers who should be offended in this instance but those of us who were lucky enough to be raised by a stay at home mother.