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My 2 Cents on the Rosen-Romney Hoopla April 15, 2012

Posted 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.


1. Michael - April 15, 2012

Hat tip from me for using “hooplah” in the header.

2. Michael - April 15, 2012

I’m thinking that “hooplah” has been an obsolete expression for about 4 decades. It is a childhood memory for me. Kudos to Geoff for coming up with that.

3. geoff - April 15, 2012

Now you made me look it up, and dang – looks like I misspelled it.

4. Michael - April 15, 2012

People now seem to use “kerfuffle.” That’s a pretty good word, but not as good as “hooplah.”

5. Michael - April 15, 2012

Whoops, it’s “hoopla.” We have to drop the last H.

6. Michael - April 15, 2012

Geoff, maybe you should edit your header and delete the H so you are not an embarassment to Innocent Bystanders.

7. geoff - April 15, 2012

There. We’re h-less.

8. Michael - April 15, 2012

Thank you. Now I can go out in public again, without fear of humiliation.

9. Pupster - April 15, 2012

What’s the ruckus?

10. Retired Geezer - April 15, 2012

At least it isn’t a Fuster Cluck, as Mrs. Geezer sometimes says.

(yeah, her)

11. Pupster - April 16, 2012

I sincerely hope, sincerely, that this blow-up was an orchestrated plan by the Romney camp. Think about it, democratic operatives say bullshit 10 times worse than this every day on the networks. I hope it was a test case for them on how to use twitter and such to get the message out, bypassing teh big networks.

12. kevl - April 16, 2012

What’s the dealio?
Rosen is a bitch.

13. daveintexas - April 16, 2012

Howard Johnson is right.

Liberals use this kind of smear all the time, instead of arguing the merits of the actual point (which of course they can’t do).

But kevl’s briefer analysis is spot on.

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