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April 12, 2012
Democratic operative criticizes Ann Romney for having 'never worked a day in her life' (updated)
Dem strategist Hillary Rosen evidently didn't get the memo from the 1990's about stay at home moms.
It's been a long time since a feminist has criticized a housewife for making the choice to stay at home and raise her kids. That kind of thing went out with burning bras.
But Rosen must have been asleep for the last couple of decades or so because during an appearance on CNN, she made this comment:
Ann Romney shot back on Twitter:
Some women don't have a choice and must work outside the home. But for those women who make the choice to nurture their children by being there for them, it is hardly "old fashioned" - an attitude that describes Rosen's caricature of a stay at home mother. Even radical feminists rarely express such an idiotic notion any more.
Criticism of Rosen is coming from both sides - as well it should:
Maybe Rosen can get a bunch of her friends together and have a bra burning party.
Update from Lee Cary:
Today she's probably working to walk back from those words and remove her foot from inside her mouth.
In one fell swoop, Rosen managed to alienate millions of stay-at-home moms who change diapers, clean up spills, potty train, dispense medicine, feed, change diapers again, and generally undertake multiple chores in an average work day. Like a Wisconsin dairy farmer, there are no days off in raising children. And Ann Romney raised five boys to boot, while dealing with her own serious physical ailments.
So who is Hilary Rosen, besides being a professional partisan who rendered her judgment on the absence of work in the life of all stay-at-home moms while being interviewed by Anderson Cooper on a partisan "news" network, CNN?
Rosen does know a little about raising children. She, and her partner, Elizabeth Birch, did, for a while, jointly parent twins - a boy and a girl. But then they separated in 2006. (BTW, Birch "chaired the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1992-1994. She served as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT organization, from January 1995 until January 2004.)
Back in 2004, Rosen was interim director of Human Rights Campaign, following in her partner's footsteps.
And, she's done stints as commentator on CNBC and MSNBC.
So her social and political inclinations are well-documented. She's a LGBT, or GLBT, activist.
Today, Rosen is employed by SKDKnickerbocker. Here's how SKDK describes itself:
Anita Dunn is one of SKDK's "managing directors," along with Rosen. You remember Dunn. She was the White House Communications Director who was a fan of Mao.
No one has yet suggested that Rosen is actually a plant from the Romney campaign dispatched to damage the Obama re-election effort by saying something really dumb that works to Romney's advantage.
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