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Hilary Rosen Apologizes To Ann Romney


Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen today apologized for saying on Anderson Cooper 360 that Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt, was not a good source of economic policy because has "never worked a day in her life."

Here's what Rosen said in her statement of contrition.

Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom, I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles …

As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay-at-home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.

The remark sparked an immediate firestorm, inspired Mrs. Romney to join Twitter and has the Democratic National Committee doing all it can to distance itself from Rosen.

Don't worry, though, Rosen; some other mini-scandal will come along and this will become a thing of the past. Or maybe people will just realize it was an off-the-cuff remark that doesn't deserve this level of outrage.

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  1. but...she didn't say anything wrong! Ann Romney lives an incredibly privileged life! And the DNC can't back her on this? What the f#$% ever.

    Posted by: wtf | Apr 12, 2012 3:38:35 PM

  2. Please. If a conservative said the exact same thing, liberals would have pounced all over it too. It's just hypocritical politics. Both sides are equally guilty.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 12, 2012 3:40:55 PM

  3. She never should have taken it back. Ann Romney hasn't raised her children. She has THE HELP to that for her.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 12, 2012 3:42:56 PM

  4. she didn't say anything worth apologizing for.

    file Ann Romney's upset in the large folder marked "rich white heterosexual christian millionaire's problems"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 12, 2012 3:52:08 PM

  5. all it takes is 1 competent reporter to ask Ann romney 1 question

    "How many nannies & maids raised your children?"

    Posted by: say what | Apr 12, 2012 3:53:38 PM

  6. @Tyler, you make no sense, but that's ok. I know GayCons need to live in alternate realities in order to make it through each day.

    Anyone ever see the 1970s film "Claudine"? methinks the hard work of that film's heroine (the oscar-nominated Diahann Carroll) is just a tad bit different from the "hard work" of multi-millionaire Mrs. Romney.

    She never had to worry about having a job to pay for possible medical expense for multiple children. She never had to wonder where the next meal or heating bill would come from. She never had to worry about being able to properly raise her kids while supplementing the income. She just had to worry about which nanny was watching her kids while she played tennis with the girls or went for a drive in one of her many cars.

    it aint a hypocritically-different-set-of-rules, it's a remarkably obvious different set of circumstances.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 12, 2012 4:00:29 PM

  7. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is still completely out of touch with the real lives and concerns of most women.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 12, 2012 4:01:53 PM

  8. And here's LittleKiwi. Who can't go 5 minutes without bringing up how terrible white people are.

    Please stop OBSESSING over race. It's SO tired and boring.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 12, 2012 4:02:26 PM

  9. Thank God this is over. Now Mrs. Romney can go back to waiting tables.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 12, 2012 4:04:04 PM

  10. As I said in response to the earlier story, she needed to apologize to get this story on the back burner. With Obama enjoying a huge gender gap, why create waves like this. Women don't need others to point out the obvious--Ann Romney is a privileged woman & her experience is not the same as other working or non working women. You think women couldn't figure this out on their own? Now we're going to be subjected to endless Ann Romney on every talk show espousing her latest cause, the stay at home mom. Way to give her a platform now.

    Before she was just talking about how stiff her husband was unless you unbuttoned his pants & everyone was pretty much ignoring or laughing at her. Now she's the next nightline candidate wife. Rosen may be smart but she played poor doofus politics here & on Twitter at that.

    Posted by: sara | Apr 12, 2012 4:04:30 PM

  11. Little Kiwi brought up how terrible RICH people are, not white people. Methinks Tyler is the one obsessing over race.

    Posted by: gerry | Apr 12, 2012 4:06:47 PM

  12. i'm white :D from a middle-class family. my mom was a stay-at-home Mum, and raised my sister and i while my dad worked. when i was 12, and my sister 14, my mum was ready to get a job of her own as we were set and ready to take care of ourselves.

    we're all bloody aware of the privilege of that circumstance: we could live off my father's income, and my mother didn't need to take another job (or four) to supplement it. we also are Canadian, where our healthcare needs are covered via our taxes.

    you'll never catch my mother saying "oh, i had the hardest job ever staying at home and raising kids!"
    she's too smart for that, and too aware that for a great many other mothers and fathers having a "stay at home parent" is in no way a financial possibility.

    wise up, chump.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 12, 2012 4:11:04 PM

  13. POTUS re-election campaign is aiming for the female vote, especially the white soccer mom vote, to tilt the election in his favor. This is even publicly admitted. That comment was all about s*cking up to this demographic. Expect more. Nothing more than cynical politics.

    And to the usual shills: No, I'm not a Romney fan nor am I Republican. Seriously, you shills need to get a life.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 12, 2012 4:13:36 PM

  14. @sara: well put.
    @gerry: yes kiwi did specifically bring up rich WHITE people - and it's tiresome as always - reread his post.

    Posted by: John | Apr 12, 2012 4:17:07 PM

  15. @Gerry: learn how to read and take a look at Kiwi's first post

    @Kiwi: I know you're white. And how you're always apologizing for it.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 12, 2012 4:20:26 PM

  16. know what's tiresome? rich white people thinking they don't have privilege in america. it's boring, it's tiresome, and it makes you look like complete idiots.

    but hey, keep commenting via SockPuppets. way to change the world!! LOL

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 12, 2012 4:20:58 PM

  17. i don't apologize for being white. you're more than free to continue cowardly apologizing for being gay.

    i'm aware of my privilege - i have empathy for those who don't have it.

    you're unaware of your privilege, but aware of how you're not accepted as gay, and your way is to suck up to the anti-gays in hopes they won't direct prejudice at you.

    may you one day grow a pair of actual testicles.
    until then, keep being a doormat. :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 12, 2012 4:25:20 PM

  18. @Little Canadian,

    Rich people in general, not just rich WHITE people, have privilege. I see every day obnoxious, filthy rich Arabs from the Gulf States doing all kinds of sh*t and getting away with it. They aren't 'white', at least in the way you mean white. Ditto rich Asians. And yes Little Canadian, there are rich, privileged blacks and Hispanics. Even Native Americans.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 12, 2012 4:27:26 PM

  19. One doesnt have to be rich or white or deny the privileges that come with being rich (and white) to find your overuse of the issue (and name calling) be tiresome and counterproductive.

    Posted by: John | Apr 12, 2012 4:31:24 PM

  20. to David E and SayWhat - ask how many nannies Elizabeth and Hillary hired - that would be TWO - I remember Elizabeth lamenting how hard it was to find good HELP.

    Posted by: Marcus | Apr 12, 2012 4:31:43 PM

  21. @Little Canadian,

    An average 'white' [cracker, pink people, etc.] is no more privileged than an average person of any other 'race', at least in America. In fact, whites are legally discriminated against through Affirmative Action, i.e. Reverse Discrimination. It's been in place for 40 years now in employment, education, etc. In fact, the U.S. federal government actually give $, tax credits, for each privileged minority employee and employer hires.

    And of course poor whites are probably in a worse situation than poor blacks.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 12, 2012 4:32:09 PM

  22. Yes, Sara, well put again.

    @RB: If Hilary was "s*cking up to this demographic", she wasn't doing so very successfully. "This demographic" is in the bag for O already: The Obama campaign will get the women's vote on the issues; distractions like this actually help the Republicans, if anyone. Though, more likely, it will be a soon-forgotten tidbit from the endless cycle of media faux-apologies.

    This Hilary probably should have learned from the other one (where's that text from Hillary when Hilary needed it?!): women criticizing other women rarely ends well in the media. Misguided Democrats always love to give the Republicans new opportunities to whine, "We're the real victims! Wealth is so hard!"

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 12, 2012 4:41:32 PM

  23. Average white person has no more privilege than person of color?

    You don't understand what privilege means. You don't have to go through life proving yourself, being thought of as one of the good ones as opposed to the rest of your kind? Hmmm. Seems one could empathize with people of color, being gay and all, if one can relate at all to the concept of heterosexual privilege, that is.

    Privilege is about all of the things you don't have to think about, all the things you get to take for granted.

    Just one small example: What color are Bandaids? Exempting the clear ones, of course.

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 12, 2012 4:48:14 PM

  24. Republicans have entire TV networks spouting actual lies 24/7/365 and never apologize for a damn thing. Democrats roll over at the slightest provocation. No wonder the Dems come off as weak.

    Posted by: Eric | Apr 12, 2012 4:53:02 PM

  25. The DNC are cowards. As long as they let Republicans control the conversation at will, they will effing fail.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Apr 12, 2012 5:03:31 PM

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