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Mitt Romney On Single Motherhood: VIDEO


Last week saw arguably the first fake controversy of the fall presidential campaign, after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen appeared on CNN and said:

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.

Of course, Ann Romney has raised five sons, and Rosen's remarks have been taken to mean that Democrats are under the impression that stay-at-home motherhood is somehow not full-time work. Which is wrong. Hilary Rosen promptly apologized.

Except -- maybe Mitt should apologize, too, because he's under the impression that even single motherhood isn't full-time work. Or at least he was in January. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

(HT: LittleGreenFootballs)

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  1. This is going to be a common occurrence for this pandering flake. Almost anything he says will have some sort of 180 degree precedent someplace in his past. That's what happens when you go with the flow all of your career and life. The man has no CENTER. He's spineless and mutable in every sense of the word (maybe with the exception of his religion as he does seem committed to that somehow...)

    Posted by: princely54 | Apr 15, 2012 3:43:42 PM

  2. Rosen was right on the money. So a multimillionairess who has never worked a day in her life has a clue to what 99.9% of moms go through financially?

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 15, 2012 4:05:14 PM

  3. kudos to the spin-doctors of The Right for turning a blatantly truthful statement by Rosen into an hilarious "war against mothers", or something.

    Mrs. Romney is the kind of "hard-working mother" who no doubt complains about "how hard it is to find decent Help these days..."

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 4:21:51 PM

  4. Princely54, are you talking about Romney or Obama?

    Posted by: Max | Apr 15, 2012 4:25:17 PM

  5. I watched this today. I am SO glad Chris Hayes played this little nugget. Yes, of course that phony outrage among the right (and yes, the usual players...Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, etc just jumped right in) twisted this whole thing about piling on poor Ann Romney and a attack on women who stay at home and take care of their kids and homes. But that is NOT what this is all about. That little clip of Romney proves that there IS a Republican War on Women. And faux outrages such as this week isn't going to obscure that.

    Posted by: Terry | Apr 15, 2012 4:26:32 PM

  6. The real war against women is being waged by Islam. Women are burqa'd, beaten, raped, acid-attacked, mutilated, etc. Where's the endless left-wing outrage over that?

    Posted by: Max | Apr 15, 2012 4:39:52 PM

  7. @Max: Why is it an either/or? You can be concerned about human rights abroad, and also care about where we are politically at home.

    Posted by: mike128 | Apr 15, 2012 4:42:52 PM

  8. Mittens went parading around Europe in his little Mormon get-up in order to avoid the draft...and then last year gave $10,000 to NOM. Wouldn't we all be better off if he just suddenly died of natural causes.

    Posted by: Oliver | Apr 15, 2012 4:52:15 PM

  9. @Mike - obama-complainers who then start talking about "Islam" do that as distractionary nonsense.

    they can't point to anything "good" about their own chosen allies, and must resort to focusing on some other specter.

    it's the same thing when you point out to them the anti-gay stances of the GOP and then they say, "yeah, well, it's worse in afghanistan!"


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 4:55:38 PM

  10. Mike128

    because max doesn't care about women in muslim countries. His faux concern is just a handy tool for him to distract distract deflect deflect

    Posted by: say what | Apr 15, 2012 5:06:58 PM

  11. max might as well be saying "other places KILL women, we just rape them!"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 5:12:28 PM

  12. To Say What and the ever-ignorant Little Kiwi,

    When Republicans cut out female genitalia, when conservatives stone their wives to death as punishment for having been raped, when Mormons beat their daughters for not wearing a black sack, then we can say they are at war with women.

    Until then, the only distraction is desperate Obama-bots hyperventilating about a fantasy war on women, while they ignore the real one, in order to deflect from Obama's dismal economic performance. Do you honestly think this is a winning campaign strategy? You're only fooling your echo chamber.

    Posted by: Max | Apr 15, 2012 5:42:03 PM

  13. Max is obviously incapable of defending his own candidate against the primary charge: Romney's a pandering, chronic flip-flopper who will say anything to get elected.

    Max, you may hate Obama, but when you cast your vote for that amorphous blob in November, know that you've completely sold out.

    Posted by: theo | Apr 15, 2012 6:29:11 PM


    From Max's lips to our ears - the most pressing issue in america is the oppression of women by islam.

    because we all know the that the Islamic-leaders of America are the ones responsible for the war on LGBT people and and women's reproductive and health rights in America. right?


    Obama's economic performance? Look, Max, i know your parents have told you that the evil black man took your money, you should be more upset that they've stolen your balls :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 6:35:30 PM

  15. see? he talk about Islam because his own white christian family won't do a damn thing to support him as a gay man.

    "Sure, they're embarrassed by me, but at least they didn't kill me"

    eek. stockholm syndrome.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 6:37:24 PM

  16. max

    me an obamabot?

    ha, Im a socialist and Obama is a reaganesque conservative dem. The irony is that even sainted ronny ray-gun wouldn't get into today's repub party

    I support Obama over anyone put foreword by the insane circus that is the modern repub party.

    Posted by: say what | Apr 15, 2012 7:31:36 PM

  17. The economy stinks. Obama will be shown the door. Happens every time. Imagine all the money that would be saved if we just jumped to the final chapter. Remember Ford? Remember Cah-tah? Remember Bush I? Obama's right track/wrong track numbers are just as bad.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Apr 15, 2012 8:59:49 PM

  18. Markus I wouldn't count him out yet, big diff between bush 1 and Obama. Big diff between Obama and mittens
    He'll do fine

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Apr 15, 2012 9:20:23 PM

  19. "You're not a racist because you hate Obama, you hate Obama because you're a racist"


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 9:35:38 PM

  20. MARKUS is praying and hoping Obama is done. Like all the other spineless gay repugs.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Apr 15, 2012 10:27:22 PM

  21. they're hoping that if they help their families vote the Bad Black Man out, then they'll finally be allowed to sit at the Family Table at thanksgiving. joke's on them. it aint gonna happen.

    at some point gay republicans need to learn that hating black peopel won't make your community like you. it might earn you one more day of pitiful tolerance, but don't go confusing that with actual acceptance.

    it's one of those funny things.....gay conservatives blame liberal gays for homophobia, bigotry, and on and on.
    and yet....we liberal gays dont' have anti-gay straight people in our lives. we don't.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 10:35:36 PM

  22. kiwi is such a johnny-one-note. Always talking about "balls", "stolen balls" , "grow a pair" etc. Poor thing doesn't seem to realize that courage doesn't reside in the testicles. More than half the pop. are women who don't have testicles but are often the most courageous among us. Kiwi reminds me of Benedict XVI. He is a foreigner who thinks he knows what is best for the USA and he is convinced of his own infallibility.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 15, 2012 10:37:23 PM

  23. This again carves out where the priorities of the Republican right are, the rich. Summed up as being a mother is work...if your rich. If your poor being a mother is being lazy and you better get a job or your dragging down society. Motherhood IS work and only in this country do we actively punish those that are disadvantaged. Republicans salivated at trying to turn this tide in their favor, but only hurt themselves more by revealing their agenda of taking us back to a America that never existed while trying to paint Obama as a man that doesn't exist either (he's a freaking centrist! Not anywhere near "Socialist"). The current Republican party is full of delusions, and I for one won't give into them. If you don't think these issues effect you watch as Romney Actively roles back LGBT advances of the last few years. He said repealing DADT was wrong at this time, and supports changing our constitution to his religious believes on marriage. Romney, stands for nothing except what will get him ahead. He will pander to the right consistently if he is elected while catering to the rich with economic policy.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Apr 15, 2012 10:38:02 PM

  24. adult women have balls. or if you prefer "orbs", or "ovs"

    i'm not infallible.
    i do, however, know that Romney hasn't a clue, and his wife hasn't any idea whatsoever how the Other Side lives.

    you may continue your obsession with me, "jack". won't make your own life better, nor will it in any way negatively affect mine :D

    if you want the most out-of-touch president in modern american history, vote for Romney.

    if you want an actual path to progress, vote Obama.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 10:44:42 PM

  25. Kiwi. I don't need a foreigner to tell me who to vote for. I am a lifelong liberal democrat and intend to vote for Obama and a whole lot of other democrats. I am not obsessed with you. I just want to show moderates or centrists who read these comments that not all progressives are mean spirited, often hysterical ranters like you. I have no illusions that I might change your "infallible" opinions on anything. I am sure introspection is not one of your strong points. I have never encountered a fellow liberal or progressive whose rants cause me to dislike them so much.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 15, 2012 11:07:00 PM

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