Rightbloggers Hail Ann Romney, Declare Victory in the War on Women
But last week they were able to turn the tables, because a Democratic operative said that the wife of Mitt Romney was, due to her great wealth, unfamiliar with the world of work.
Or, at least, this is how recent history has been recorded by rightbloggers.
The trouble started when Democratic campaign strategist Hilary Rosen -- a frequent visitor, we have been much reminded, at the White House -- said on Anderson Cooper's show that Ann Romney "never actually worked a day in her life."
Before we get into the rightblogger spin, we will ask those who might be interested to look at the context of Rosen's statement:
"...What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, 'Well, my wife tells me 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 never actually worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the 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 how do -- why we worry about their future."
In fairness, let us also mention that Ann Romney has held volunteer and charitable positions, which constitute work experience; that raising children requires effort even from rich people, though admitted of a less hands-on variety than that experienced by the less well-off; and that she has had cancer and multiple sclerosis.
After attempting to explain her remarks ("it was wrong for Mitt Romney to be using his wife as his guide to women's economic struggles"), Rosen gave up and apologized. President Obama publicly disassociated himself from Rosen's comments and of the general practice of subjecting candidate's spouses to political attacks -- which was generous of him, considering the treatment Michelle Obama typically gets from conservatives.
Checkmate, libtards. (Photo [cc] Gage Skidmore)
Rightbloggers nonetheless portrayed Rosen's original statement as an official Obama Administration policy against all women who stay at home and raise children like Ann Romney.
For example: on Thursday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "I think we can all agree, Democrats and Republicans, that raising children is an extremely difficult job and that is true for all mothers as well as fathers." But, he added, "we should also focus on where we disagree," and reminded reporters of Republican opposition to the Lily Ledbetter Act.
The PJ Tatler reported Carney's statement thus: "During today's White House press briefing, spokesman Jay Carney declined to distance the Obama administration from Hilary Rosen... The Obama White House realizes that, having authorized Rosen's attack, it is in no position to throw her under the bus now. So the Democrats' war on motherhood stands."
When it sank in that the White House wasn't really backing Rosen's remarks, some rightbloggers found it unsporting of them.
"Obama Throws Dem Strategist Hillary Rosen Under the Bus," said Freedom's Lighthouse. "Top Dem Strategist Hilary Rosen 'Thrown Under the Bus' By Dems," said Liberty News Network. "Obama Personally Throws Hilary Rosen Under The Bus," said American Commissars.
"Hilary Rosen Thrown Under Bus for Denigrating Ann Romney and Moms, But She Only Said What Democrats Believe," said Lori Zingano at RedState. "As always, the Left was quick to use and toss aside a woman when she became inconvenient..."
The idea that Democrats were the ones really conducting a War on Women was strongly promoted by rightbloggers, mainly by repetition.