My 2 Cents on the Rosen-Romney Hoopla April 15, 2012Posted by geoff in News.
We all know that Hilary Rosen stepped in it when she said:
With respect to economic issues, I think actually that Mitt Romney is right, that ultimately women care more about the economic well-being of their families and the like. But he doesn’t connect on that issue either. 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.
From there the debate has raged over whether Ann Romney’s stay-at-home-momness can compare with the life experiences of today’s working moms. But I’d like to look at Rosen’s main point, which was apparently:
“The Romneys are right in what they said, but I don’t think they’re qualified to say it.”
This tack is so classically liberal: it’s not what you say or do, but how you feel that matters. Sure the Romneys appear to have listened to women, absorbed their inputs, and formulated their platform to accommodate their concerns. But that doesn’t matter, because they can’t “connect.”
This is like a teacher flunking a student who answered every question correctly, but didn’t seem to like the subject.
Instead of celebrating the fact that women’s issues are being accurately and enthusiastically addressed by the Romneys, Rosen chooses instead to snipe at Ann Romney’s life choice. She sacrifices the best interests of working moms just to attempt to score a political point.
In the end it is Hilary Rosen, not Ann Romney, who is not empathetic to working women’s needs.