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  •  Wow. (1+ / 0-)
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    Jerry J

    I can't believe anyone is defending the comment that Ann Romney never worked a day in her life.  Talk about a truly ignorant thing for Hilary Rosen to say.

    It makes me sad when people sacrifice their own values and sense of right and wrong for the sake of slamming someone's politics.  I'm as anti Mitt Romney as they come, and I'll be the first to question Ann Romney for not doing anything to stop her husband from tying the dog to the roof of their car during a cross country family trip (!) but to say a woman who raised FIVE children never worked?  Holy cow.  Talk about ignorant.  And what about all that she did as First Lady of Massachusetts?  That's a job whether we want to admit it or not.  Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to do some research into what First Ladies are expected to do these days.  Charity work is work, and a Fist Lady, even at the state level, is expected to do more of it than most of those slamming Ann Romney have ever done.

    I don't agree with Ann Romney's political beliefs.  I probably disagree with her on many values as well...  but to say she's never worked a day in her life?  Anyone defending such an ignorant comment should feel embarrassed.

    We don't approve of republicans who make ignorant statements like that.  Why should we approve of it just because Hilary Rosen is liberal?  Sorry, but wrong is wrong and Hilary Rosen is wrong.  Defending such an ignorant statement makes us no better than those we oppose.

    Honestly, I'm just blown away that Daily Kos would defend such an ignorant statement.

    •  It's not the defense as much as the revelry (1+ / 0-)
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      Ok.. maybe it's both.  But snarky, biting anti Ann Romney pieces like this one only make things worse.

      And, on a practical note.. this kind of stuff always comes back to bite Democrats.

      The conservative blogs are already dragging out the quotes by Anita Dunn and Christina Romer how the Obama White House was a "hostile workplace" for women.

      I say put this crap to rest.. stop talking about it, as it is only an exercise of digging oneself into a hole deeper and deeper.

      •  The proper thing would have been (1+ / 0-)
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        The proper thing for Hilary Rosen to do would have been to say two things today:

        #1 - Here's what I said yesterday on CNN.
        #2 - Here's why I was absolutely wrong.

        And follow that with an apology.  What the heck is wrong with people these days?  If it's wrong for someone on their side, it's equally wrong for someone on our side.  I really hate when people get so wrapped up in politics that they sacrifice their own dignity for the sake of slamming the other side.

        This stuff really pisses me off because it makes us no better than them.  And to see it defended here?  Sheesh.

    •  We're not (0+ / 0-)

      A progressive commenter said something and we get this fake story.

    •  Well since this is your first comment and you (5+ / 0-)
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      haven't been here long enough to see how things work around here I presume that you'll pack your bags and head back to FoxNation of RedState.

      Ann Romney's career is being a stay at home mom. She is lucky enough to do that, not many others can do the same. What policies will her husband enact to make things easier for families who have one income? What policies will Romney enact to make things easier so that a two parent household doesn't have to work 50 hours a week in two jobs just to make ends meet?

      That is the argument. The ignorance is yours, not ours.

      When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

      by YoungArizonaLiberal on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:26:29 PM PDT

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      •  So Close (0+ / 0-)

        I agree with you on all of that stuff.  We only disagree on what Hilary Rosen said.

        I'm a long time Kos reader, first time commenter.  I commented because it bugs me to see people on my side of the political isle doing the very things we criticize republicans for doing.

        Yeah, Mitt Romney is waaaaaay out of touch.  And this dealings at Bain were downright cruel (bankrupting businesses for quick cash).  Yeah, he's spineless, flipping his opinion to match whatever the people in front of him at that moment want to hear.  That's all true.  And, yeah, Ann Romney probably has no idea what it's like to not be uber-rich.  My mom was a stay at home mom with 5 kids and we were on the lower end of middle class.  We never went hungry, but we did occasionally eat at the neighbors when we couldn't afford groceries.  The Romney's will never be able to understand that sort of thing.  And those are totally fair criticisms.  But - what Hilary Rosen said was that Ann Romney never worked a day in her life, and THAT'S not a fair criticism to make.  Yeah, Ann probably had nannies to help with her kids, but still  five frigging kids is a lot.

        All I'm saying is, we need to stick to the moral high ground.  Think about how crazy republicans sound when they criticize Michelle Obama for planting the white house garden and teaching kids to eat healthier.  CRAZY.  But then we defend someone who says motherhood isn't work?  That's crazy too.  And it's wrong.  Just because the person who said it is on our side makes it no less wrong.  Leave the ditto mentality to the dittoheads.  We're better than that.

        •  Whoosh. (1+ / 0-)
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          No one said motherhood isn't work. Have you actually bothered to look at what she did say?

          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.

          Now please, pretty please, show me where she attacked Ann Romney for being a stay-at-home mother.
          •  Thank you for showing the full comment.. (1+ / 0-)
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            I've been at work all day and come home and I read someone said Ann Romney hadn't worked a day in her   life (which I thought was true and I hoped it would be another example of how Romney is disconnected from average people) and there's this controversy..

            But I didn't know the full comment until now..

            I agree with you - she didn't say being a mother isn't work and she wasn't criticizing stay at home mothers.

            The Republicans are not the party of family values or the party of stay at home mothers. How many parents could afford to stay at home due to Republican opposition to universal health care, a living minimuim wage, free trade bills that send jobs overseas, and a regressive tax code??

            A Mitt Romney administration would result in fewer people being able to stay at home with their kids, if that's what they want to do.

            Of course, now that the Republican primary is over Mitt Romney will at some point flip flop on lots of issues..His whole history is to do and say whatever he must to get ahead. He stands for nothing but self-interest.

            At this point, far more people have now been arrested for protesting Wall Street's mortgage fraud crimes than have been for committing and presiding over them.

            by joedemocrat on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 07:11:42 PM PDT

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