Rightbloggers Hail Ann Romney, Declare Victory in the War on Women

tomt200.jpgIn the past month, because they endorsed multiple (and sometimes bizarre) anti-abortion laws and denounced efforts to have contraception included in health insurance plans, conservatives found themselves advertised as making a "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.

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Checkmate, libtards. (Photo [cc] Gage Skidmore)
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.

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.

When Michelle Obama tweeted, "Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected," Weasel Zippers wrote, "Michelle Obama Throws Hilary Rosen Under The Bus."

"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.


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jim
jim

Rove's cunning "I KNOW U ARE BUT WHAT AM I???" strategy strikes again!

All this spin could solve America's energy needs overnight, with good reason: the tsunami of state-level judicial misogyny cited in Roy's last paragraph may very well bugger the GOP without lube down-ticket in the fall, & the RNC looks ever more like Mickey Mouse in "Fantasia" desperately pleading with the mops & brooms to behave themselves. You can take the Teabaggers out of the wacko fringes, but good luck taking the wacko fringes out of the Teabaggers.

Ann Romney isn't running & doesn't sponsor a Super-PAC = other than as a political prop for her spouse, she's completely irrelevant. Yes, let us all pray for this valiant martyr of Traditional Family Values in hopes that all these horrible leftist attacks haven't put a crimp in her dressage style - or the terrorists will have won.

"Teh Left is out to destroy Ann Romney" is a byproduct of the same ongoing GOP meat-dream that spawned "liberals are terrified of Sarah Palin" ... which surely explained the keen delight of American liberals when she took a bus tour & looked like she'd put her hat in the ring for POTUS, or their sighs of disappointment when she then bailed on her enraged fanclub. It is both educational & hilarious to note that the mighty SarahPAC ShopVac is still siphoning money out of the rubes to this day (Will she keep obliquely hinting at running on a "Rogue Grizzly Mama" ticket? You betcha!).

NHRob68
NHRob68

 This author is just blabbing without making any kind of point at all, except to insinuate that Conservatives will attack any liberal message, period. He is just trying to sell stories with the news of the day.

Mr. Wonderful
Mr. Wonderful

Sometimes, as in this collection of quotes in the above piece, all I can do is regard these wingnut bloggers and opinionaters and pundits with the mute horror and fascinated repulsion of someone watching a really graphic doc about animals on Discovery.  The combination of bad faith, intellectual dishonesty, kneejerk oppositionism, brute ignorance, and self-righteous stupidity is breathtaking.  "I feel the left is riddled with insecurity," says AJ Strata.  Do you, now?  How nice for you.

mds
mds

 "... more underground workers making the overthrow of capitalism a goal within their reach."

Oh, if only.

"no stranger to doing Obama's oppo-research on private citizens is he."

... says the "granite countertops!" portion of the blogosphere that spent days flinging shit at Sandra Fluke.

"until now Republicans have been far too willing to go along rather than risk being portrayed by Democrats as anti-woman or anti-black and jeopardize their hopes for re-election."

Fortunately, some of them are finally fighting back against the Democrats' fake portrayals.  That'll teach the Kenyan Muslim affirmative-action usurper and his army of New Black Panthers and Pill-loving pro-abortion sluts.

Merl Allen
Merl Allen

Truth and disagreement on the issues=hatred. Laughter indicates fear. . Teabaggers live in a strange world, don't they?

rogueoperator
rogueoperator

Righbloggers? Is that some kind of groupthink code? I'm not familiar.

jnbstraight
jnbstraight

Big Hollywood's John Nolte is probably the biggest liar and hack on the internet. Second in the running is everyone else that works for Breitbart's cesspool of a website. 

The only war on women is the one being waged by the right wing christian fundies.

Rick Shaw
Rick Shaw

In honor of my moms who still works 2 jobs like a dog: F rich stay at home pill poppin 'mothers'

gocart mozart
gocart mozart

All mothers should stay at home with their young children just in case the nanny or house-staff have any questions that need an answering. Why can't working class moms understand. Also, Photo of Romney protesting in FAVOR of the Vietnam war. http://southernbeale.wordpress...

Polka123polka
Polka123polka

"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;"

As a Mormon woman, I bet Ann was much more "hands-on" with her child rearing than 90% of the women in the country--working class or no. For better of for worse, Mormon women find identity in their roles as mothers and believe their eternal salvation depends on how well they raise their kids. To suggest that because she was rich she probably wasn't as involved is simplistic. She didn't have them at day care, and she didn't have a governess raise them. Don't let your elitist stereotype overwhelm the Mormon stereotype of the backward, devoted brainwashed woman. You can't have it both ways Roy.

Glenn
Glenn

I seem to recall another election where a rich man with a rich wife ran against an incumbent President. Republicans had no problem calling Teresa Heinz Kerry a pampered, out-of-touch aristocrat, likening her to Eva Peron.

Of course Kerry had her own "mom war" kerfluffle, saying unwisely at one point that Laura Bush had never had a 'real job,'  Then, the Republicans erupted in outrage at a rich millionairess saying mean things about a humble schoolteacher - that was back when Republicans didn't think schoolteachers were parasites and union thugs.

If I recall correctly Laura Bush accepted her apology and was far more gracious about it than Ann Romney has been.

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

"jealous of [Ann Romney's] economic status, jealous of her marital status, or that her sons turned out to be wonderful human beings."Romney set up a $100 million trust for each one of those wonderful human beings, and managed to pay no gift taxes on any of it thanks to laws written by their friends in Congress. So by conservative standards, that makes them even more wonderful.

...the more acceptable it will seem to all when legislation is passed one step at a time that eliminates and erodes many of the values the rest of the country holds. This one step at a time thing appears to be a winger meme. For those with strong stomachs, this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Bill Whittle video proves the case, or at least that  Whittle is even more embarrassing on video than he is in print. (Typically long-winded, the drama starts at 1:15)

Docamazing
Docamazing

Kane explained, but "as a result of the Rosen affair, we're all focused on antiquated mommy wars which were settled 50 years ago; nobody thinks stay at home moms don't work"

Ms. Kane must therefore have no objection to the restoration of AFDC, given that motherhood is work, and therefore deserving of support.  Unless, of course, only the work of relatively well-off moms counts; she really needs to be clear on that point.

Mrs Tilton
Mrs Tilton

How long will Republicans continue shoving the "thrown under the bus" meme down our throats?

Daphne
Daphne

By all means keep "White Hose Press Secretary" as is. No Freudian slip much less a misspelling involved.

roshankar
roshankar

And, remember when Limpbaugh called that lady a slut for three days in a row and all these assholes were like - "so what? she is a slut" Their last VP nomination was so dumb that they started the meme that she was being attacked for being a mother and a happy person. Remember how these assholes created the meme that Michelle Obama caused the death of a pedestrian somewhere just because she advocated exercising? Remember how they attack her everytime she talks about providing good food at school during lunch?

And people think bipartisanship with these assholes is going to dawn the golden era of America. You can only expect an apocalypse if you team up with these fuckers or if they get the reins of power.

ktheintz
ktheintz

Googling for a picture of Ann Romney among the horsey set, I found this utterly priceless quote:

“I’m just like any other crazy horse person,” she said. “You find a way to make the time to ride. If I have to get up at 5 a.m. to fly to California and then ride until 10 p.m. at night, because that’ll be my only chance to ride for a month, then that’s what I’ll do.”What, isn't that how everyone lives?

Scott Fraser
Scott Fraser

But someone said something unkind about Ann Romney, so maybe none of that matters.

if the dems are the ones leading the charge on the war on women, the republicans are the ones using mustard gas.

mommadillo
mommadillo

Tucker Carlson's Online Bullshit Emporium had a particularly sleazy piece about how Rosen "banked millions destroying Napster" back when she headed the RIAA.  I could have sworn Tucker and company were 100% against Napster back in those days, since it was essentially considered a bunch of socialist hippies stealing from the record companies.

To give you some idea of the level of hypocrisy in the article, check this part out: "Rosen earned a salary of $2.65 million dollars for 40 hours of work per week to head the Washington lobby group."  Isn't it one of the basic tenets of conservatism that CEOs "earn" those fat salaries and bonuses by working far more hours than Joe Workingschmuck? Have YOU ever heard of a CEO who only worked 40 hours a week?

Horatius
Horatius

 If Just Mary just masturbated as much in real life as she does online, she'll have a  much healthier sex life.

Matt Thompson
Matt Thompson

JustMary at Be John Galt agreed; because she had chosen to be a stay-at-home Mom, she claimed, "I scare the left. I know I do."

 My life has meaning! It's not just an empty charade, filled with dull days and lonely nights! I frighten the Leftist Islamohomocommienazihippieintellecual Bund with my relatively unexceptionable family arrangement! Really!

 Also, reckon how that bus gets around what with all them folks Obama has thrown under it?

mommadillo
mommadillo

I think my favorite take was this little goodie from Tucker Carlson's Online Bullshit Emporium claiming Rosen "banked millions destroying Napster" back when she headed the RIAA.  I could swear Tucker and company were 100% anti-Napster in those days, since it was essentially considered a bunch of socialist hippies stealing from the record companies.

This part was cute too: "Rosen earned a salary of $2.65 million dollars for 40 hours of work per week to head the Washington lobby group."  Now I could swear conservatives have gone on and on about how CEOs earn those fat salaries and bonuses at least partially by working much longer hours than Joe Workingman.

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

JustMary at Be John Galt agreed; because she had chosen to be a stay-at-home Mom, she claimed, "I scare the left. I know I do."

On the masthead at Be John Galt:  "He was guilty of nothing except that he earned his own fortune and never forgot that it was his."

Poor JustMary must be in a bind when she asks for some of her husband's money.

Mr. Wonderful
Mr. Wonderful

 Oh, I think you wrong Mr. Edroso.  He is making the same point he always makes, which is always worth making: that what passes for commentary and analysis in the world of "conservative" (scare quotes, because they're scary) bloggers is stunningly dishonest, deeply disingenuous, profoundly idiotic and, therefore, often amusing.  And there's no need to "insinuate" that "conservatives" (they're actually Republicans, but never mind) will attack any liberal message, since it's quite easy and accurate to say it outright.  Conservatives (" ") will attack any liberal message, but first they'll take it out of context, inflate its significance into a great big strawman version of itself, and then pat themselves and each other on the back for defeating this nonsensical creation.  Read this column next week and see if you don't agree!

McSalmon
McSalmon

The point is quite basic - A Democratic campaign strategist made an imperfect point about Ann Romney - i.e. that she probably doesn't share a lot of the same problems that many women do. Roy actually pointed out that this was not perfectly accurate, though it is easy to make the connection that she has far more resources to raise her children than most Americans, and that the party her husband is currently running for president under would rip most of those resources away from them with a smirk and a mocking 'get a job'.

As a result, the rightbloggers are suggesting all manner of daftness from this, and you could click the links for the full face full of snipery. Yes, this does sell stories. And it's not the highest priority story out there. But it is one that the right has seized on in an effort to shore up a 'woman gap' after taking a hiding since Rush lied about Fluke's testimony to Congress. Because as you very aptly pointed out, even while dismissing it, conservatives WILL attack liberals on even the flimsiest pretext, even if they fell the opposite a few years ago.

edroso
edroso

We like to think of it as an internet tradition of which we are aware.

edroso
edroso

And here I thought I was being nice to her.

Glenn
Glenn

 Perhaps she "raised" them but I seriously doubt she did all the cleaning, laundry, driving, yardwork, cooking and other chores herself.

It's great to be involved with your kids - teaching them manners, reading to them at bedtime, teaching them life lessons, and it that brings you eternal salvation, why, so much the better!

The household help can deal with the dirty work while she paves her path to heaven.

J Neo Marvin
J Neo Marvin

I like how she jumps on the "settled 50 years ago" meme like she came up with it herself, as if no one was out there talking crazy shit about things like contraception.

Horatius
Horatius

Can we change that to "mounted on the roof of the car"? Pretty please?

edroso
edroso

You know I'd like to keep it, Daphne, but now that you've called my attention to it I have no choice but to fix the typo. Sometimes it's best to enjoy these things quietly.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 It's all in the service of spite, is all. If she hadn't earned that level of cash, she'd be a 'nobody'. Now that she did, she's an 'elite'. Also, since she's rich, we liberals aren't supposed to support her, what with our rich hating ways. If it weren't for the handful of billionaires propping up the think tanks and lobbying firms that promote such dickery, these people would barely be able to support themselves.

Tucker Carlson is against anything that he needs to be against in order to shout at a liberal, or earn his paycheck.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

In fact wingnuts will even attack their own shitty ideas once they're adopted by a member of the opposite party:  e.g., individual mandates to buy healthcare insurance.~

mds
mds

Well, you could have been nicer by completely leaving out your invocation of the Mormon stereotype of the backward, devoted brainwashed woman.  You can't have it both ways, you know.  What's next, treating The Stepford Wives as a metaphor?

Polka123polka
Polka123polka

So the argument is if she is an "everyman" woman? Of course she's not. Nor is/was Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Barbara/Laura Bush, or Nancy Reagan. If you're suggesting that it is disingenuous of the Romney camp to suggest that Ann relates to all women because she has felt their pain (to paraphrase Bill), then I agree with you and Hilary Rosen. That is Romney's mistake. But all first ladies have had that problem too. Movie Star, Oil Tycoon, Finishing School, Ivy League, etc.--these are not words one associates with anybody but the 1%, Democrat or Republican.

As for paving her path to heaven, the medium is the message. Housework is the bedrock of domestic Mormonism's road to heaven. If Ann has shunned that, then she probably feels really guilty...unless her MS has made it too painful. If that's the case, I'm sure God and the whole world needs to cut her a big giant piece of slack. 

Daphne
Daphne

 ...and didn't you admire the passive-aggressive way in which I pointed it out? Meant in the most affectionate tone, of course.

Mr. Wonderful
Mr. Wonderful

 ANOTHER great band name.  This country is rich in great band names.

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

Tucker Carlson is against anything that he needs to be against in order to shout at a liberal, or earn his paycheck. Liberal, please. Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson, like Ann Romney, will never need to earn anything, no less a "paycheck." Thanks to millions of working moms and pops serving TV dinners to their prolish families, Tucker's mom is heiress to the Swanson TV dinner fortune.

Horatius
Horatius

 So, what's your point really?

zuzu
zuzu

 "So the argument is if she is an "everyman" woman? Of course she's not."

So you concede Hilary Rosen's point that Ann Romney doesn't have any insight into the economic struggles of most women, then?

McSalmon
McSalmon

Grrgh. Swanson 'dinners' are to food what the Swanson dinner trays are to food.

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