You guys, I’m so over this fake “war on mothers” the Democrats are supposedly waging.
If you missed it yesterday, Hillary Rosen, a Democratic strategist, commented on CNN that Ann Romney is ill-equipped to serve as Mitt’s advisor on women and the economy because “she has never worked a day in her life”. In hours, the Twittersphere exploded, blasting Rosen for insinuating that stay-at-home mothers don’t work. A war on mothers, conservatives proclaimed gleefully. Liberals distanced themselves from Rosen’s comments. Ann Romney joined Twitter to respond to Rosen. Even Michelle Obama offered a tweet in support of Romney.
In other words, in our manic, 24-hour news cycle, we had a full-blown controversy errupt based on one comment about Ann Romney.
First, let me say this: Rosen’s comment was stupidly-worded. Rosen is a mother of two herself; I’m sure she’d agree, out of all people, that motherhood is work. She’s since apologized to Mrs. Romney for the wording of her comment.
But second, let’s look at this statement in its full context:
"What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country, saying, ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues, and when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.’ Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future."
terrible wording aside, since when is suggesting that the wealthy wife of a rich politician isn’t the expert on the economic issues facing the majority of American women akin to declaring a war on all mothers? This is insane for a couple reasons:
- The comment of a liberal pundit is not a declaration of war.
- Ann Romney does not represent all mothers!
That’s perhaps what’s being lost in this whole kerfuffle, Rosen’s entire point. Today on FOX News
, Mrs. Romney argued that “we have to respect women in all the choices they make.” That’s it right there: choice! Many women would love the opportunity to stay at home and focus on raising their children, but they don’t have the choice Mrs. Romney has. They don’t live in San Diego dream houses, they don’t have rich husbands, and they have to focus on both earning a paycheck and doing what Mrs. Romney calls “the most important job there is”.
The idea that Ann Romney—a wealthy, white, privileged woman who was able to make the choice to stay home with her children—somehow represents the economic concerns of most American women is laughable. It’s sad that this point was lost because of Rosen’s terrible word choice. It’s also unfortunate that this so-called “war on mothers” has distracted us from the real issue: a consistent, proven, legislative record of the GOP’s attacks on women’s choices and women’s rights.
Not even to mention all the GOP efforts to restrict women’s access to birth control and reproductive options—just look at the Wisconsin GOP’s repeal of their equal pay act. Just yesterday morning, the Romney campaign was unable to say whether Mitt supports the Lily Ledbetter Act. Someone running for the president of the United States in 2012 is unable to say whether he believes that women deserve equal pay. Where’s the outrage there?
If the Republicans love mothers so much, why won’t they give them equal pay? Or help defeat discrepancies in health care costs for women? I just hate this fake, self-righteous outrage. Let’s focus on the issues that concern mothers and all women, but please, stop making Ann Romney the martyr for this cause.
In defense of Mrs. Romney, former First Lady Barbara Bush said, “I go to the grocery store, and I know Ann does to.” Well, shucks, guys. Look, they’re just like us! Maybe Ann Romney goes to Whole Foods in her luxury SUV to buy food for her family, but what about the housekeeper who gets off from her eleven hour shift to ride the bus to the local grocery store, where she struggles to come up with enough money to feed her family? Who speaks for her?
Sure, Mrs. Romney is entitled to have a say on the economy. But please, let’s stop pretending like she’s an expert on the issues facing all mothers, and instead, let’s focus on the real issues affecting women, not these sensationalized, fake controversies.