“She Has Never Worked A Day In Her Life”
That is the screaming headline this morning on Drudge, uttered by top Democratic consultant and Obama adviser Hilary Rosen about Ann Romney last night on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
This attack on Mitt’s wife, mother of five boys and grandmother of 16, has ignited a media firestorm and opened up a new battleground as the ongoing (real or imagined) “War on Women” now takes casualties on both sides.
The Obama campaign high-command has dressed down Ms. Rosen via Twitter.
From ABC News: “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 said in a tweet. Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod also tweeted his disapproval: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
So with Obama’s top generals weighing in, expect this battle to rage on for at least a news cycle or two.
Now, here is a question worth pondering:
Does it matter that Hilary Rosen is openly gay? Should this fact even be mentioned?
Is it worth knowing?
As I was reading numerous mainstream media accounts of the controversy, I did not see this fact mentioned anywhere. Why won’t the media mention this?
I am merely raising the question, not making a judgment.
Ms. Rosen is a long time top Obama advisor. She has visited the White House 35 times. In March, she was invited to the White House State Dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron where numerous guests were openly gay.
Ms. Rosen’s date for the White House dinner was her partner, Randi Weingarten who happens to be President of the American Federation of Teachers — a union boss, in other words.
Together, Ms. Rosen and Ms. Weingarten have been cited as a “lesbian power couple”.
Again, I am not judging, I am just stating some facts about Ms. Rosen since she is front and center today.
The heart of one question in this dust up between Ms. Rosen and Mrs. Romney is:
Does sexual orientation matter in shaping one’s opinion on working women vs. stay-at-home mothers who are supported by their husbands?
It will be interesting to watch if the mainstream media bothers to ask that question or bring Ms. Rosen’s sexual orientation into today’s heated discussion.