NOTE: I’m blogging to add my two cents on the whole dust-up and not to compare the merits of Romney as a candidate vs. Obama or Ron Paul or anything else. My commitment not to trash any of the candidates stands firm.
I’m sure this is going to be a SHOCKER but I agree that Hillary Rosen misspoke in saying that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.” Why, pray tell, do I agree?
1.) The way she phrased it made it sound to some like she was assuming that stay-at-home mothers don’t work. (Huh. I didn’t construe it that way and neither did a number of people I know.) What she probably intended to say was that Ann Romney had never worked a day outside the home in her life. Funny that I somehow figured that out when the mainstream media couldn’t…
2.) It is considered really bad manners to attack a candidate’s family. I mean, you can question whether or not Romney is correct in relying on Ann for advice on women and finances, but it is unfair to attack Ann Romney herself or to attack their kids. The same thing goes for Michelle, Malia, and Sasha — you can criticize President Obama and his policies but you sound really rude when you go after Michelle and the girls.
In the interest of being fair, Hillary Rosen did have a valid point in that Romney should probably be receiving advice on his policies on women from a female campaign staffer who is working full-time and raising her kids without the aid of a housekeepers and nannies like Ann Romney had. You could bring up her MS but then you’d have to bring up the fact that there are hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of women in this country who work full-time and raise their kids while simultaneously dealing with autoimmune diseases like lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia (the one I deal with on a daily basis).
According to just about every major news source, Rosen apologized and Romney graciously accepted her apology. Can we stop hating on her now?