“Back up the bus! After bouncing Hilary Rosen beneath the Greyhound, President Obama and friends might have to throw it in reverse again over the person of key Dem coalition member Terry O'Neill,” chortles (love that verb!) Mark Finkelstein this morning on Newsbusters.
Seems that the president of the National Organization for Women has told that well-known champion of womanhood Ed “Laura Ingraham is a Talk Sl-t” Schultz that Ann Romney, along with husband Mitt, lacks the “life experience” and “imagination” to understand most Americans. The video is here along with some lagniappe: Maxine Waters referring to Mr. Romney “Mitt Rot-ney.”
Here is the O’Neill quote:
What would we be saying if Hillary Clinton [sic] had said this: that Ann Romney has never, has not worked for pay outside the home a day in her life? That's my understanding that's an accurate statement, and that raises the exact issue that Hilary Rosen was trying to get to, which is do Mr. & Mrs. Romney have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now? I think that that was what Hilary was getting out, and so she left out the words "for pay outside the home."
Thanks, that really helps, Terry. Seriously, don’t you know the White House, which is trying to sweep Rosengate under the Aubusson, is gagging over Ms. O’Neill’s adding fuel to the fire?
This controversy isn’t going to go away. It resonates. John Podhoretz explains why:
[Rosen] was expressing a fashionable and aggressive liberal opinion about female social roles and the responsibilities of women to play the role Hilary Rosen wants them to….
What Hilary Rosen said wasn’t offensive to Ann Romney. It was an offense against [other women who make the choice to stay home and raise children], and an offense against cultural traditionalism.
Podhoretz thinks that President Obama shares the Rosen view:
And this attitude is one the president has suggested he shares to some degree. A week ago, he said, “Once I was in the state Legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I’d be traveling. And we didn’t have the luxury for [Michelle Obama] not to work.”
By describing the act of staying at home with the kids as a “luxury,” President Obama suggested he was on the [Rosen and anti-mom writer Linda Hirschman] side of the cultural divide. And that’s a bad place to be going into an election.