The White House is trying to throw Hilary Rosen under the bus—but it won’t work.
What Rosen said about Ann Romney (and by extension all women who stay home to raise children) so perfectly encapsulated condescending view prevalent among many of the women who are influential within the Obama camp that it will live on in the annals of great political gaffes (remember the Kinsley definition of a gaffe).
Rosen is, as John Hayward points out, “a key figure in the heavily stage-managed Sandra Fluke controversy.” Rosen’s PR firm—where former White House communications director Anita Dunn hangs her hat—took on Ms. Fluke as a pro bono client. But now, having let the cat out of the bag, Ms. Rosen is a liability.
Here is unfortunate White House spokesman Jay Carney’s response when asked about the 35 visits to the White House paid by “Hilary Rosen” (David Patraeus paid 9 White House visits, while Energy Secretary Steven Chu racked up 16):
“I haven’t seen the records. I don’t know that Hilary Rosen– I know three personally, women named Hilary Rosen,” Carney said. “So I‘m not sure that those represent the person we’re talking about necessarily.”
When pressed on her involvement, he added: “I don‘t know how many times she’s been here. … I don’t know how to assess her overall relationship to people here in the White House. I have not seen her here very frequently.”
The Mommy Lobby, a group that represents conservative women, isn’t fooled. I don’t often quote statements from various organizations at length. But I am making an exception for the Mommy Lobby’s response to Hilarygate:
Rosen attacked Ann’s choice to stay home and mother her five children by saying that “she has never worked a day in her life”.
The progressive left has a history of dismissing and discounting the roles that mothers play in the fabric of American culture. For years, women who have been fortunate enough to stay home to care for their children have been the subject of ridicule and disdain; treated as second class citizens to the “feminist movement”.
As if being in a marriage that allows her the freedom and ability to stay home and raise a family makes her ignorant or incapable of doing anything less than wiping noses or scrubbing toilets.
The Mommy Lobby, along with the millions of mothers in America, is fed up with these attacks. Motherhood is a blessing and how women choose to raise their families is an individual decision that each family makes based on its own set of circumstances.
Whether it’s staying home and living on a single income, working outside the home and balancing both a career and children, or if it’s a woman who is struggling as a single parent, each one of us does what SHE feel is right and proper for HER FAMILY.
The time has come for those on the progressive left to stop the attacks on our families and to back off of mothers. No longer will we sit in the corner and quietly go about our day, brushing off the attacks from the feminists who condemn us for not conforming to what THEIR view of being a real woman or mother is.
The mothers of America are tired of being told that the only thing that matters to us is our reproductive rights or access to birth control. You can’t pay for groceries with a package of “pills”. What matters to us is THE ECONOMY and we understand this issue all too well. WE know what it’s like to have to balance a budget (unlike the Senate which hasn’t passed one in over 1000 days). WE understand what it’s like to have to make sacrifices to our family’s life because the cost of groceries and gas has doubled in the past 3 years.
WE know what it means to have to tell our children NO, we can’t afford to let them play soccer or baseball because our home utility bills have skyrocketed out of control since 2008. If anyone understands the economic impact that the decisions from those in Washington have on our families, it’s AMERICAN MOTHERS.
It’s high time we had this conversation. Thanks to whichever Hilary Rosen made those revealing remarks on CNN!