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Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen Under Fire For Ann Romney Comments: VIDEO


Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist who's also a CNN commentator, found herself roundly criticized for comments she made about Mitt Romney's wife Ann on Anderson Cooper 360 last night.

Insisting that Romney's "old-fashioned" on women's rights, and entirely dependent on his wife for policy points, Rosen wondered whether Mrs. Romney was the best advisor on such issues because, according to working mother Rosen, "[Ann Romney] has actually never worked a day in her life."

What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country, saying, 'Well, you know, my wife tells me that 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 actually never worked a day in her life.

She's never really dealt with the kinds of 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 why do we worry about their future.

Ann Romney or one of her staffers must have been watching, because it didn't take long before the potential first lady joined Twitter specifically to blast back, "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work." Son Josh Romney also piled on, say his mother is "the smartest, hardest working woman I know"

Democrats too seem perturbed by Rosen's remarks. David Axelrod, President Obama's senior adviser, said he was "disappointed in Hilary Rosen's comment," which he also described as "inappropriate and offensive." And Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama's reelection effort, had this to say: "Families must be off limits on campaigns, and I personally believe stay at home moms work harder than most of us do."

Campaign manager Jim Messina also took some time to criticize Rosen, and his response may be the most harsh: "I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize."

Rosen has been trying to explain herself over the past few hours, writing first on Twitter, "When I said @AC360 Ann Romney never worked I meant she never had to care for her kids AND earn a paycheck like MOST American women!" She then went on, further defending herself against Mrs. Romney's tweet: "I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don't u?"

Then, to Mrs. Romney herself, Rosen wrote: "Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn't say you are his expert on women and the economy."

Watch Rosen's original comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I want her to give me Napster back.

    Posted by: adam | Apr 12, 2012 9:43:49 AM

  2. Having kids is work . . . but only for the time frame it takes to bear them and give birth to them.

    Ann Romney could have had 15 kids, and would not know the deprivation of a single mother, working at Wal-Mart with only one kid.

    My mother had nine kids. My grandmother had sixteen kids and was crippled with rheumatoid arthritis for the last two kids. I'm not ready to give Ann Romney mother of the year for managing to do what even the worse mothers do.

    There is a lot more to being a mother than getting pregnant and having a child.

    Posted by: Ricco | Apr 12, 2012 9:45:06 AM

  3. What she was/ is true

    Posted by: say what | Apr 12, 2012 9:47:45 AM

  4. edit post

    what she "SAID" was/ is true

    Posted by: say what | Apr 12, 2012 9:48:24 AM

  5. Is there any statistical evidence that "most" American women both raise a family and work at an outside job?

    Posted by: Perry | Apr 12, 2012 9:54:11 AM

  6. God, I thought we were DONE with Rosen after she left the RIAA and her babywhatever left HRC,

    Posted by: Jerry | Apr 12, 2012 9:56:15 AM

  7. Mitt Romney said he relies on his wife for information on what women today want and need from the economy. Ms. Rosen said Mrs. Romney never worked a day in her life-which is true, she's never held a job, never had to stick to a budget and never had to choose; "do I feed my children this month or clothe them?" Rosen is under attack by Romney's camp because Mrs. R raised five boys and while that is indeed work, not so much really when you have unlimited wealth to do it with. Rosen is under attach by Obama's deputy campaign manager because family should be off limits during campaigns-well, Romney brought her into it himself as a source and Rosen was simply questioning the validity of that source. I am ashamed for Messina & Cutter's criticism, they obviously did no research into the incident and simply reacted immediately. As for Ann Romney-anyone in that position of privilege should be slapped for complaining that ANYTHING they've done was hard work.

    Posted by: Dennis | Apr 12, 2012 9:56:29 AM

  8. I can think of something more ridiculous than a lesbian mocking traditional mothers of any economic status, JONINVA . . . and that would be a lesbian, a gay man, or whatever you are, touting the "traditional" mother (whatever that is supposed to mean) superior to a lesbian who is also a mother.

    Maybe you you have not quite figured out where you are. This is Towleroad, a "Site with homosexual tendencies" the tendency being here to refute the "traditional mother, father" or anyone, anything that would marginalize what we think and say.

    Hilary Rosen is a woman, and she is a mother, who just happens to be a lesbian, and whether politically wise or not, is qualified to address Ann's suitability to speak on the behalf of women.

    Besides you don't have to be a mother . . . hell . . . you do not even have to be a woman to mock what is so obviously ridiculous . . . because many of have mothers who sacrificed every day of their life, their own comfort and happiness to make us happy. We were their utter joy, their utter fulfillment, their utter reason for getting up and trying one more time to get through another day . . .and we have sisters who got married and had kids, and have watched them go through the same struggles as our mothers . . . so yes we can mock SOME traditional mothers . . . especially when those mothers are living lives that are anything but traditional.

    Posted by: Ricco | Apr 12, 2012 10:08:13 AM

  9. So typical: faux media outrage and faux demands for an apology that makes zero difference in the actual world. So much easier to get embroiled in these meaningless (except to the media who cashes in from them) conflicts than to talk about the reality of Republican policies for women. And no, however she put it, it's not outrageous to suggest that the Romney family--including Mrs. Romney--might be out of touch with the concerns of the average American woman. How out of touch politicians--particularly but not exclusively Republicans--are with the lives of women (even though most of them have wives who are, surprise, women!) has been demonstrated over and over this year, but we end up talking more about the talk than the substance cause talk is more entertaining. She'll be under fire for a few days then it will get stuffed in the media recycling bin as we await the next outrage.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 12, 2012 10:10:06 AM

  10. Hey, my mother raised 10 kids and had to work, along with my father. She didn't have a husband worth $200M that allowed her to stay home with the kids and ride champion show horses. Hey Ann Romney, I wish my saintesd mother was still alive so you could kiss her ass, but you can always suck my balls, honey!

    Posted by: Dominic | Apr 12, 2012 10:18:41 AM

  11. Imagine that, an angry lesbian liberal despising the wholesome male-female marriage raising 5 boys as the Romneys represnt.

    Posted by: jason | Apr 12, 2012 10:28:43 AM

  12. Off limits? Hardly. She stands next to him at media events, gives interviews about him and policy, he tauts her as an advisor... Can't stand the heat, then seriously, stay the hell out if the kitchen, but don't cook the food and then say complain to the bus boy.

    As for the content, spot on. Nobody was knocking her being a stay at home mom, but she knows as much about the dufficulties the average American mom has as Mitt does the average American man.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Apr 12, 2012 10:50:26 AM

  13. Hmmmm...Joniniva, are your for real? Must be a Romney plant! Housewives do not work "harder" than working women who do both...especially not a women, who without a doubt, has servants left and right. Hillary was point on and has nothing to apoligize for.

    Posted by: Tagg | Apr 12, 2012 10:55:14 AM

  14. She (Mrs. Romney) made the right choice. By the way, the hardest job in the world is raising a family. There are many women out there who can afford to be a stay at home mom but choose to work because working is easier than raising a family. I raised 6 children and worked full time. It is a choice every mother has to make and sometimes it is not the one she wants.

    Posted by: Marlene | Apr 12, 2012 10:56:34 AM

  15. I wonder whether Hilary Rosen has children of her own? I don't know, but her comment about Ann Romney was so insensitive, so ignorant and so wrong that I suspect she does not.

    Posted by: Jim Silberman | Apr 12, 2012 10:58:26 AM

  16. MARLENE . . . it is not Ann Romney's choice to be a stay-at-home mom that we question. We question that whatever choice Ann Romney made, she was never likely to feel the repercussions or worry that comes from wondering if one has made the right choice, and we question that she has the smallest inkling or empathy of the average mother, who unlike Ann Romney, does not have the luxury to choose one way or another. therefore question her suitability to speak on behalf of those women.

    All Ann Romney has in common with those other women is the basic plumbing, which may not even be enough to engage her on The Vagina Monologues . . . unless it be The Vagina Monologues For The Rich And Famous.

    Posted by: Ricco | Apr 12, 2012 11:09:09 AM

  17. Im LMAO over these folks defending Queen Romney! Hilary's comment was so obvious about Ann never working a REAL job outside of her being a housewife (a very pampered one at that!) It's kinda like all these homophobes who talk about what's it like to be gay...if you arn't "it" you can't talk "it". Kinda like Ann...

    Posted by: Tagg | Apr 12, 2012 11:16:26 AM

  18. Yes, JIM SILBERMAN . . . Hilary Rosen has kids . . . twins as a matter of fact.

    But I don't see what was insensitive about her remarks.

    What is insensitive is the suggestion that Ann Romney is your typical stay-at-home mom, and has a clue of what the average woman, who has not married a millionaire, goes through who cannot afford health care for herself or her children, who does not have the money to pay for day care, struggles to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and has to decide which bills to pay each month.

    What is insensitive is the suggestion that she even cares about the struggles of other women when the issues her husband seems primarily concerned with is gay marriage.

    Forgive us if we are not prepared to make Mrs. Thurston Howell III mother of the year, or Woman of the Year.

    She's living on an island, and completely out of touch, so what is insensitive is the idea that a woman living on an island is representative of the struggles women bear.

    Posted by: Ricco | Apr 12, 2012 11:22:42 AM

  19. so it turns out Ann Romney had 5 maids in 2010


    I wonder how many maids and nannys she had to raise the boys for her?

    Posted by: say what | Apr 12, 2012 11:24:28 AM

  20. Ms. Rosen is absolutely correct. All of her comments have been on the money. Even her last response to Ann Romney was courteous but firm. Stand your ground, Ms. Rosen. You have taken an ethically-unassailable position.

    Posted by: gwynethcornrow | Apr 12, 2012 11:28:22 AM

  21. I'd add to the fray, but I'm going to be lazy and suggest that anyone defending Mrs. Romney and deriding Ms. Rosen read RICCO's comments.

    What evidence have we that Mrs. Romney can empathize with the struggles, choices, and decisions facing the average woman? Given the evidence her husband provides on almost a daily basis that he has no clue what it is like for most people, I have little reason to expect anything but the same from his wife. Advising from within the gilded bubble seems suspect advice.

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 12, 2012 11:49:35 AM

  22. Some arguments just aren't winnable whether you're right or not. Hilary has only succeeded in giving Ann Romney a cause, speaking up for the women who stay at home & raise their kids--without earning an outside paycheck. Those women already have a contentious relationship with other women who look down on them. Hilary needs to walk away from this argument because it will only make Ms Romney look good.

    Posted by: sara | Apr 12, 2012 11:53:03 AM

  23. Yea, if that's the truth, why is that wrong to make those comment?

    Rosen didn't slant her in anyway. The fact is Ann Romney is rich and drives "a couple Bentleys". The average income earning, hardworking, middle-class people should be aware of that.

    They said that she made the choice to stay home and raised 5 kids - implying that she actually had the luxury to make that choice. Guess what? some mothers out there with 5 kids do not have that choice.

    Her husband, Mitt "the big fat liar" Romney claimed that his wife has the experience to advise him on the common women's issues and how she can relate to most working mothers. She SHOULD be called out on that.

    By the way, no one is denying that stay at home moms work very hard to raise kids and manage the household. All these men who said that "oh, Rosen should have never said that because stay at home moms work just as hard" are just trying to cover their own asses probably because they, at one point or another in their marriages, tried to convince their wives to "quit their jobs and stay at home to to raise the kids".

    Let's hear from the women and mothers about this issue. The men can STFU and step aside.

    Ms. Rosen, do not ever give in and apologize. We stand by you.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Apr 12, 2012 11:58:56 AM

  24. When Republicans assail Democrats for being misinformed, we fold. Here, Rosen stated the obvious disconnect between Ann Romney and women who are in the work force. When mothers run households AND hold down low wage jobs, AND are single parents, THOSE are tough choices. Ann Romney has the luxury of raising an obscenely large, dull family without a care in the world (save the car elevator in their new beach house). Priorities people. Lets not lose sight - they are the 1% and cannot be made to look like empathetic people when they secretively fund hate campaigns. WAKE UP! Fight back or get mowed down by the unscrupulous, well-funded christianists, GOP hacks and hate mongers.

    Posted by: Jed | Apr 12, 2012 12:01:54 PM

  25. Again, as a democratic strategist this is a Fail on her part. All women will hear is that comment, about not working a day in her life & the implication that this applies to women who stay home & raise their kids. This is a little like when Republicans tried to frame the argument that it was not about contraception but about mandates. Women heard it as about contraception.

    Women aren't stupid. They're aware of Ann's wealth & that she couldn't possibly have the same life choices they had so Rosen didn't need to have pointed out the obvious & by implication, insult a group of women who are already defensive about their decision to raise their families their way. You already have the women voting bloc--why go out of your way to antagonize them.

    Hilary might be sticking to her guns right now but I see an apology in her future.

    Posted by: sara | Apr 12, 2012 12:22:03 PM

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