Yesterday you may have witnessed just a little bit of the righteous anger Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen aroused across the web for her comment that Ann Romney, a stay-at-home mother of five and breast cancer and MS survivor, “never worked a day in her life.” The remarks sent Democrats running for cover as everyday Americans took to the internet to protest her mischaracterization of stay-at-home women – the #AnnRomney and #HilaryRosen hashtags even exceeded #JustinBeiber on twitter, according to Politico.
Thinking she could still win the debate, Rosen dug in her heels with a series of additional tweets and comments claiming Mrs. Romney was incapable of providing her husband with good ideas on the economy. Rosen also claimed that, by choosing to stay at home and raise her five boys, Ann was “out of touch” with the rest of America. But as growing pressure from the public gave even liberals no choice but to abandon her, Rosen was forced to release and apology.
The apology, which can be read here, starts of with a nice dose of self-pity. But then Rosen arrogantly calls the public fury that she sparked – get this – fake! Read for yourself:
“Spare me the faux anger from the right who view the issue of women’s rights and advancement as a way to score political points… I don’t need lectures from the Republican National Committee on supporting women…”
She then claims that she has no judgements about women who choose to be stay-at-home moms (though her repeated abuse of such women on twitter and on additional TV appearances contradicts this). She finally claims that people only care about her comments because they concern Mitt Romney’s wife. After earlier referring to the ire she drew from conservatives as “phony,” this so-called apology resembles nothing more than a condescending swipe at important role stay-at-home moms play in American life.
None of the anger I saw last night was fake. Most of you out there agreed with me – Hilary Rosen’s words represent nothing less than an attack on the traditional values of motherhood. Staying at home and raising a family might not fulfill the feminist definition of “work,” but I can assure you that it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world… something the Obama campaign would do well to keep in mind from now on.