In case it wasn’t already clear that last week’s controversy over stay at home moms was entirely manufactured, this should put the question to bed. [Mitt Romney] told a New Hampshire audience: “I wanted to increase the work requirement,” said Romney. “I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.” [ThinkProgress]
Hey, it’s not easy managing the help!
Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Fre Press (04/14/2012)
And let’s not even get into all the housekeepers and who knows what other employed help there’s been over the years, for each of their many houses, in order to assist Ann Romney with being a “stay at home” mom.
Meanwhile on planet Earth, I think every woman who’s done either or both — stay at home mom, working mom — understands exactly what was said and what was meant. I did. The rightwing and Mitt and Ann Romney better wrap up their moment of outrageous outrage soon, before women really start thinking about it.
What Hilary Rosen said wasn’t aimed at stay-at-home moms — it was aimed at Mitt Romney. Furthermore what she said didn’t involve Obama and, in my opinion, what she said was valid. Rosen criticized Mitt Romney for using his wife to claim he understood the difficulties faced by working women. Rosen’s exact words were: “Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life.” Was that poorly phrased? Definitely. But if you’re a working woman / mother (inside or outside the home), do you seriously, even for a minute, think Mitt understands the difficulties you face because of his wife Ann?
To defend his position on the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, he brought out Reps Cathy McMorris-Rogers (R-Wash.) and Mary Bono-Mack (R-Cal.)—who both voted against the law. To defend the charge that raising kids is a full-time job, he brought out former First Lady Barbara Bush, hardly the archetypal working mom. They don’t exactly have their finger on the pulse of the American swing voter right now.
Or as Charles P. Pierce says,
Rosen gave them the opportunity to stage an ensemble hissy-fit, but, honestly, the problem is still there….
Ann Romney on Fox News Thursday morning said, “I know what it’s like to struggle.” She admitted that she may not have struggled financially as much as others in the U.S. “I would love to have people understand that Mitt and I have compassion for people who are struggling,” Ann Romney said. “We care about those people that are struggling.”
Nobody believes that. Nobody should believe that. It has not been demonstrated in the campaign for a single instant. (And what you may have done privately doesn’t count. Your husband is not running for chairman of the local Kiwanis.) The campaign thus far has been an embarrassing effort to win the affection of the most retrograde members of a party dedicated to retrograde policies, and its most consistent feature has been an abject cowardice in the face of those same policies. (How hard would it have been for Romney to disagree, however gently, when Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a repeal of that state’s pay equity act in the middle of the night?)…