EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for April 13, 2012
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Hilary Rosen’s specific point was that Ann Romney, not having been in the workforce outside the home, cannot really relate to women in the workforce. I disagree. Here’s why.
In my experience, with both a stay at home mom raising me, my wife a stay at home mom, and many of my friends married to stay at home moms, the stay at home mother typically raises the kids, cooks the meals, cleans the house, oversees homework, and on top of that the stay at home mom pays the bills, buys the groceries, handles the insurance hassles, knows the co-pay, haggles with the bank, etc. etc. etc.
The stay at home mom deals with many of the same issues the working woman deals with in addition to a host of other matters. It is not that the working woman has it more or less difficult. It is that working women and stay at home moms have it differently difficult in different areas with some days better and some days worse. And single parents, mothers and fathers, have it most difficult. But none are homogenous automatons of one singular thought or view on all topics.
Move past Hilary Rosen’s remarks if you can. The amazing speed at which Democrats sought to distance themselves from her remarks suggests they know that in all the talk about Romney’s problem with women, they have their own.
After Hilary Rosen’s remarks, a number of leftwing pundits came out seemingly upset that Hilary did not go as far as they would have wanted her to. In so doing, these pundits, activists, and politicos have raised up the raw stench of elitism.
This has been the typical response of Romney supporters on twitter for my role in “L’Affair Rosen” on CNN now two nights ago:
“JoiseyCop: For you to sit by and let Hillary Rosen slander Ann Romney without challenge shows you be the phony piece of dog sh*t you are ! @EWErickson”
I’d mentioned I missed the remark, still dwelling on a previous remark along with some IFB trouble, but yay Romney supporters.
Nonetheless, let me make a couple of points.
I’m referring to this bit of hate in its twitter feed. Today while the right is pushing back on Hilary Rosen’s comments about stay at home moms somehow not having jobs like women who work outside the home, the Catholic League, via twitter, presumes to divide up moms between authentic moms who have their own children and moms who adopt — not to mention raising the wholly irrelevant issue of Hilary Rosen’s sexuality.
A mother is a mother however she received her blessing. Trying to claim natural mothers are superior to mothers through adoption is rather vile in my mind. Would the Catholic League prefer adoption or abortion?
One of the issues that I have dwelled on for some time is how so many of the people vouching for Romney’s bona fides are the same people who vouched for Harriet Miers’ nomination in 2005. As Ben Domenech noted in this morning’s Transom, the Romney campaign has put Ed Gillespie in charge of finding a Vice President. That suggests to me Bob McDonnell remains the most likely choice — and it would be a fine, mature choice.
I like Ed Gillespie and think his Resurgent Republic effort has been quite good, but I am reminded of this story from the Harriet Miers days that Ben linked to in this morning’s Transom.