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Look, ladies! Mitt Romney is a husband and father. What more do you need?
Although there is no War on Women (or caterpillars), and that 19-point gender gap is just an invention of the librul media, on Tuesday night, Mitt Romney's braintrust put the finishing touches on a new "three-pronged strategy" to erase that non-existent gender gap and that non-existent War on Women:
As the Romney campaign shifts to the general election, his aides will reintroduce him to voters, warming up his image by emphasizing his role as a devoted father and husband. Mr. Romney’s wife, Ann, has already made several Web videos that feature her reminiscences, along with gauzy family photos; voters are likely to see more of these. Mrs. Romney will also increase her campaign appearances; she has already begun to talk about how women tell her they care deeply about the economy, where the campaign wants to keep its focus.
Ah. So the strategy is (1) shake shake the Etch A Sketch; (2) tell the ladies Mitt can't possibly hate women because he has a wife and kids (look at the photos!); and (3) send Mrs. Romney out on the campaign trail to explain to little ladies across America what their real issues are.

How's that strategy working for Mitt so far?

Approximately half a second after rolling out the new strategy, the Romney campaign shot itself in the foot when it had to take an hour to think about whether Mitt supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (At least the Romney campaign didn't try to argue that asking how Mitt feels about equal pay for women is a gotcha question. Yet.)

Day 2 of Operation Three-Pronged Strategy isn't looking any better for Mitt. The campaign sent Ann Romney to Fox News to pretend to be outraged that someone dared to point out the indisputable fact that Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life.

So how did that go?

In the span of 10 minutes, Ann Romney made such a perfect case for respecting women's family planning choices, it was like she downloaded the talking points from Planned Parenthood; further proved how out of touch she and her husband are about their wealth and privilege by claiming that she knows "what it's like to struggle" even if she hasn't "struggled as much financially as some people have"; and then, in answering the question of whether Mitt sees women as equals, gave us this gem:

Mitt Romney is a person that admires women and listens to them, and I am grateful that he listens to me and listens to what I am telling him as well about what women are facing right now, and he's listening and he cares.
Wow. He listens to his wife when she talks? As opposed to ... what? Telling her to shut her stupid lady mouth? Is she also grateful he doesn't make her ride with the dog on top of the car in an airtight container? Or sleep in the car elevator? What a woman-lovin' forward thinker that Mitt is, listening to his wife. With a solid argument like that, of course women will come running back to the Republican Party, begging to be saved from mean ol' not-listening President Obama.

Maybe Mitt needs to shake shake the Etch A Sketch some more and just stick to the family photos.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Well, this will appeal to some women. (9+ / 0-)

    Fortunately for us those women are already life-long Republican voters. I guess Mitt is worried he might lose their votes if he didn't do something.

    "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

    From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:13:42 AM PDT

  •  AND, the Republicans are attacking Hilary Rosen-- (17+ / 0-)

    for being Gay With Kids.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:14:10 AM PDT

  •  Poor put upon Ann Romney! (14+ / 0-)

    Of course she worked hard. Hiring maids and nannies requires focus & research. And then there is the firing also too. Which she delegates to her husband.

    After all, he likes to fire people.

    Solidarity Forever, for the Union makes us strong.-Ralph Chaplin, 1915

    by JayRaye on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:16:34 AM PDT

    •  And the translators! (1+ / 0-)
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      How do you hire (probable) illegals from Central America and be able to interview them without benefit of a translator! And that means either flying your translator to whatever house you're doing the interviewing for, or finding one in the local area! Egads! The poor woman!

      Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

      by MA Liberal on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:06:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Ann = The perfect Stepford wife (8+ / 0-)

    "Stupid is as stupid does" - The republican motto you can believe in as they live it daily!

    by Mannie on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:17:17 AM PDT

  •  The odd thing about that (9+ / 0-)

    family photo is that, except for Romney, who seems like he's posing for a political ad and looking elsewhere other than the camera -- it is a very sweet picture.  The kids and Ann are adorable.

    Other than the fact that he had functional sperm -- I don't see his connection with women, personally or generally.  I could write a treatise on the faithfulness/commitment of religious women to their otherwise repulsive spouses -- but why bother?  We all have a story, I'm sure.

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:26:06 AM PDT

    •  I'll give you that except for the smile on the (1+ / 0-)
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      toe headed kid. Sorry, but that looks kind of creepy to me. He's not even looking at the camera. Or maybe it's just that he's so painfully white that albinos would stand next to him to blend in.

      "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

      From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:39:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I actually like the (4+ / 0-)
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        fact that the toe-headed child is looking elsewhere.  That reflects many of my own family "portraits" of parents with 5 kids and each of us except one were toe heads at one point or other and all of us screwed up the picture by not looking at the camera.  

        I really do like the picture and wish Mitt could be photo-shopped out of it.  The kids and Ann look happy in a normal way.

        Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:49:46 AM PDT

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      •  To be "toe headed" would be dreadful! (1+ / 0-)
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        Fortunately, that kid is (was) "tow-headed," as in "flaxen-haired."

        "Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do." — Wendell Berry

        by thea lake on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:59:34 AM PDT

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    •  having polo shirts tucked in to shorts is weird (1+ / 0-)
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      too. Ok, I understand that everyone want to look nice for the picture but . . . . .

  •  Romney's record on the economy (2+ / 0-)
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    as MA Gov is pitiful. Do they really want to go there?

    Mitt Romney's Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get!

    by kitebro on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:32:25 AM PDT

  •  Whatever... (12+ / 0-)

    What ever Romney and the campaign is doing to undo the gender gap was just blown up by the Catholic League.

  •  will we see the "3-prong strategy" (4+ / 0-)

    when mitt is unzipped?

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:32:52 AM PDT

  •  Three prongs sounds about right for the job lol (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Hey Mitt how about denouncing the GOPs (4+ / 0-)

    war on women over the last few months. Cue sound of crickets chirping

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:34:51 AM PDT

  •  A trident? You mean like Satan? (5+ / 0-)

    I'd rather have a buntle afrota-me than a frottle a bunta-me.

    by David54 on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:36:34 AM PDT

  •  Stop (6+ / 0-)
    The campaign sent Ann Romney to Fox News to pretend to be outraged that someone dared to point out the indisputable fact that Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life.
    No, it's not an "indisputable fact."  That she "never worked a day in her life for a salary or wage may or may not be true -- I have no idea what she did pre-marriage -- but what you're saying is not true at all, let alone "indisputably" true, and that is so regardless of whether she had hired cooks, nannies, etc.

    Democrats must
    Earn the trust
    Of the 99% --
    That's our intent!

    "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

    by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:37:18 AM PDT

    •  Rosen exemplifies an essentially right-wing (3+ / 0-)
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      capitalist view that a person's worth is dependent on the size of their paycheck. If a male "progressive" made that statement he would rightly be pilloried as a "douchebag".

    •  Bullshit. (23+ / 0-)

      Ann Romney's never had a job. And until, oh, about 12 hours ago, Republicans have insisted that raising kids isn't work, it's a privilege. And until they renounce their decades-long attack on "welfare queens"—who make the exact same "choice" Ann made, except that they didn't "choose" multimillionaire husbands—Republicans don't get to suddenly start claiming that they're the ones who value women's unpaid work.

      And anyone who looks at what Rosen actually said can see that she was obviously making the point that Ann Romney doesn't know shit about women and the economy because she's never been a part of it, never worried about finding or keeping a job, and never worried about balancing anything more than her two Cadillacs. And all of that is true.

      •  you should think more about framing (3+ / 0-)
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        and messaging and how to draw in people who are in the middle of the road or on the fence in this election.

        this type of framing does not help.

        •  What about GOP framing Rosen as an Obama adviser? (1+ / 0-)
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          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 11:58:15 AM PDT

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          •  If it's a lie or misleading, then slam them for it (1+ / 0-)
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            But don't use it to justify your own counterproductive framing.

            Democrats must
            Earn the trust
            Of the 99% --
            That's our intent!

            "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

            by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 02:23:57 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  What Rosen said wasn't a lie, so you support her (0+ / 0-)

              statement then?

              The Repubs have been lying about Obama for 3 years, how has staying above the fray worked for us thus far? It will lose us the election if we keep doing this.

              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 02:34:46 PM PDT

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              •  It really depends on how one defines (1+ / 0-)
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                the ambiguous term "work," as I note in a comment above.

                Our political problems do not stem from a refusal to clarify ambiguous terms when they have inadvertently offended people.  That's silly.  Clarify, then fight on.

                Democrats must
                Earn the trust
                Of the 99% --
                That's our intent!

                "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

                by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 06:07:24 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

        •  Raising children (2+ / 0-)
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          is unbelievably hard work, even with help, and even in the best financial circumstances.   At our house we use the term "non wage-earning working mother." Attacking Ann Romney on her role as a mother is a bad idea both politically and otherwise.

          •  It wasn't about the woman Ann, (3+ / 0-)
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            it was about the surrogate, wife of Mitt Romney, pretending to understand what women "face" in their lives and she doesn't have a clue what she's talking about.  She's defending policies that go against women's rights and choices!

            And why are there so many men defending Ann Romney on Daily Kos?  What's that about, exactly?

            I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

            by KayCeSF on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:07:13 PM PDT

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            •  They're the same person (2+ / 0-)
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              and one line of attack is legitimate and one isn't.  So we have to be scrupulous in separating them.  I'm not "defending her"; the critics want to keep the likes of Karl Rove from using this to help push Romney and attack Obama.

              Democrats must
              Earn the trust
              Of the 99% --
              That's our intent!

              "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

              by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:20:56 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

          •  No one's attacking her role as mother. (8+ / 0-)

            Her role as economics expert, though? Bullshit. Utter bullshit.

            •  Oh, yes, that part is bullshit (2+ / 0-)
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              But Rosen (and by extension, Democrats generally) are, really, right now being effectively portrayed as "attacking her role as mother" by supposedly saying that it isn't "work" -- and we need to set the record straight quickly and clearly.  You may not like it -- I certainly don't like it -- but that's how one has to deal with unfair political attacks, like it or not.

              Democrats must
              Earn the trust
              Of the 99% --
              That's our intent!

              "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

              by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:23:11 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Yes, let's set the record straight. (2+ / 0-)
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                I think it's begun to happen with Martin Bashir.  He's pointing to facts vs. the "role as mother is hard work"  which everyone knows is true and beside the point.  

                I'm frustrated by the obfuscations today, all the way around.

                I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

                by KayCeSF on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:35:28 PM PDT

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              •  The reason they're being portrayed that way (0+ / 0-)

                is because, as per usual, the professional Democratic strategists fucked up. Rosin never should have apologized. The Obama team never should have claimed to be offended and demanded she apologized. Rosin was absolutely right, but as soon as the the "strategists" decided that she was wrong, they basically said, "Yes, Republicans are correct in saying Rosin attacked her role as mother," even though it's quite clear that's not what she was doing.

                Rosin's a major fail, but not because she "attacked" Ann's family planning choices.

                •  Taking her words literally, that's what she said (0+ / 0-)

                  I don't think that she meant it; she has clarified it nicely.  People are not saying "that's what she meant," but just "those words came off as conveying it."

                  Check out how many time FP stories and diaries here make a big deal about someone's words despite the likelihood that they just failed to say what they meant.

                  Dem strategists screw up often, but this isn't one of them.  Clarify and move on.

                  Democrats must
                  Earn the trust
                  Of the 99% --
                  That's our intent!

                  "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

                  by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 08:46:00 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

          •  Except that she didn't attack her on that. (0+ / 0-)
        •  Actually, framing aside, (3+ / 0-)
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          Kali Joy is right.  And Mormon women are told staying home and raising children is not only what they are meant to do, but it is a privilege.  That goes for many other religions as well.

          And Kali's remarks about what Rosen's message was about is true, too.  I don't know Mrs. Rosen, but I believe she's become the scapegoat for the real conversation they don't want to have about their war on women.  Which is what Rosen understands and tried to reveal.

          Now Hilary Rosen apologizes to Ann Romney (as per Martin Bashir segment)... and says "let's try to focus on the substance."  

          Waiting for Republicans to raise hell about her apology now....

          I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

          by KayCeSF on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:03:42 PM PDT

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          •  I find that my being a stepfather is a privilege (1+ / 0-)
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            and that does not mean that it isn't also work.  It's just not work that is compensated financially.

            Republicans are, absolutely, trying to obfuscate.  That's what they do.  Our job -- unpaid, but still a job! -- is to make it harder for them.

            Democrats must
            Earn the trust
            Of the 99% --
            That's our intent!

            "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

            by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:24:59 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  I can't help thinking of all the women who (0+ / 0-)

          would love to stay home with their children, who can't, because they have to go to work.  This isn't about framing to me.  This is visceral.  

      •  Agree 100%. Thankfully the GOP has nothing to (1+ / 0-)
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        attack Obama for. They wrongfully said that Rosen was Obama's adviser so if the parent poster has a problem with framing, they should look at what is being done on the other side.
        We can't win this messaging battle by forfeiting before we have a chance to fight back.

        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 11:57:52 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  The notion that political attacks only work (0+ / 0-)

          when they're honest and/or justifiable is not true.

          The way to fight back here is with clarity, not doubling down on playing into the intentional twisting of Rosen's words.

          Democrats must
          Earn the trust
          Of the 99% --
          That's our intent!

          "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

          by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:18:45 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  Absofreakinlutely (4+ / 0-)
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        Mrs. Romney will also increase her campaign appearances; she has already begun to talk about how women tell her they care deeply about the economy
        The women with whom Mrs. Romney socializes would be interested in the economny as it pertains to the cost of a new Coach Bag.

        The Romneys are offensive and do not know why.  I think it is because rather than simply acknowledging their life long wealth and privilege, they continue to patronize and talk down to people.  The longer this charade goes on, the more republicans (not the deranged RW base) will recognize how shallow and cruel these people really are.

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:03:07 PM PDT

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      •  Kaili, she said that she had "never worked a day" (0+ / 0-)

        The term "work" is ambiguous.  It can mean to exert effort to get something done or it can mean only doing so in exchange for direct financial compensation.

        Similarly, "having a job" can mean "having a task to perform (including raising kids)" or "having a task to perform in exchange for direct financial compensation."

        (A few people now "work" for Markos and Daily Kos as employees; more people on the DKos staff work very hard as volunteers.  It's still work, right?)

        Republicans are trying to get people to think that when Rosen (and now you) speak about Ann Romney not having engaged in the latter one of each pair, they are also saying that she has not engaged in the former, which is both an insult and terrible politics.

        You know that you can make the point in other ways: "while she has worked raising children and creating a home and as a volunteer, she has never depended on finding and keeping a paying job for her survival, so "  That's the point we need to be hammering home today.

        Saying that "Ann Romney's never had a job" -- even if the Republicans are complete weasels about it -- is just playing into the Republican meme that Democrats devalue unpaid motherhood.  You don't believe that, I'm sure, so it's important to keep the distinction clear.  Otherwise, the demagogues win.

        Democrats must
        Earn the trust
        Of the 99% --
        That's our intent!

        "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

        by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:16:38 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  biography, from what I can gather (4+ / 0-)

      This is pieced together from wikipedia, the font of lies and misinformation, so take it with large quantities of salt.

      Ann Romney mett Mitt in high school, when she was at the expensive private girls school associated with his expensive private boys school.  They broke up for a bit while he was on his mission to France, then got back together when she converted to mormonism.  She went to Stanford for a year and dated another guy, but not seriously.  They married while still at Brigham Young University and had their first kid in their senior year.  They moved to Massachusetts and were living in a pricey suburb when the second kid was born, in Mitt's first year of law school.  The third kid was born after he left law school.

      Ann was diagnosed with MS when her youngest son was 16, the next oldest in college and the rest long fled the nest.

      •  That is all true. Copy paste this in all of the (1+ / 0-)
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        Ann Romney diaries to get people to stop with the holier than thou, "Ann Romney has MS so let's stop attacking her". Or even worse, "Why do Dems hate stay at home moms?" UGH, PUH-LEEZE!

        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 12:00:27 PM PDT

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        •  and (2+ / 0-)
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          The first kid was born when they lived in 'a basement apartment' while at college, presumably paid for by one or another set of parents.  If not, paid for by student loans.

          The second kid was born while they lived in a house in Belmont, Massachusetts and Mitt was at Harvard law school.  

          Belmont, Massachusetts has never been a cheap place to live.

    •  When Hilary Rosen said "never worked" ... (4+ / 0-)
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      ... she meant "never worked for a living."  

      I will faint dead away the day a member of the liberal media makes this simple point.  Any reasonable person would infer that, and it's as tiresome to have this argument as it is to discuss whether women should have access to affordable birth control.

      But we aren't talking about reasonable people.  Sigh.

      "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

      by JBL55 on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:19:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Is Ann throwing her hat into the ring? (0+ / 0-)

    Or just fishing for VP?

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:37:59 AM PDT

  •  Hillary Rosen just apologized: (11+ / 0-)

    "Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom, I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles …
    “As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay-at-home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”

    That's all folks. One of Romney's prongs was just taken from him. That's the difference between Dems and Repubs, Dems apologize when they don't need to and Repubs never apologize...EVER.

    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 11:38:00 AM PDT

  •  More pictures!!! (5+ / 0-)

    OMG more pictures!!!  They are election GOLD!!

    Each one is 1000 words of "Rich White Guy"

     - Izod shirts on growing kids!  Do you remember how expensive those were in the early late 70s/80s?

    All they need are tennis rackets and golf clubs!

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:38:00 AM PDT

  •  Obama seems like a devoted husband and father (2+ / 0-)
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    too.

    So I guess this will work a little for Romney, but I dont see how much of an advantage he gets out of it.

    I'd love for a Romney surrogate to be like, "But Mitt and Ann have been married longer than Barack and Michelle!"

  •  Oh come on...EVERYONE panders!! (2+ / 0-)
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    You know it's true! Why, the president is famous for it!  I have YET to see a single photo of President Obama (or Candidate Obama) that didn't include at least one black person!!!

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:39:00 AM PDT

  •  Did he tell her to say "he listens" ? (1+ / 0-)
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    Will "he listens" be a turn off for some romney voters ?
    Did they focus group "he listens" ?

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:39:04 AM PDT

  •  1) Only wear the Mormon underwear on Tuesdays (1+ / 0-)
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    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

    by jgkojak on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:39:15 AM PDT

  •  This was taken right after he got back from Nam, (6+ / 0-)

    right?

    Oh, my bad.  Sorry.  

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

    by jo fish on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:40:32 AM PDT

  •  So Ingrained That Spouses Are Part Of Candidacy (4+ / 0-)
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    Wish there was pushback against it. I say that knowing that as an Obama supporter Michelle is an asset. Once thing I always respected about the Howard Dean candidacy is that his wife the pediatrician thought it was more important to see patients than to participate in the daily dog and pony shows on the campaign trail.

    •  It's probably why Michelle Obama wasn't (0+ / 0-)

      eager about going out on the campaign trail and put it off for a long time.

      I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

      by KayCeSF on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:40:22 PM PDT

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      •  Think Likeability Is A Problem For Many In GOP (0+ / 0-)

        So I don't know if anybody would have stepped up and have been better than the week candidates the GOP fielded.  Still, I'm sure there were many who would have stepped up if there wasn't the campaign reality show that the family has to go through.

  •  Photo caption . (2+ / 0-)
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    Here we are in the motel on our way to Wally World .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:40:48 AM PDT

  •  This whole CNN nontroversy... (6+ / 0-)
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    just underscores how desperate the Romney campaign is to woo women.

    "See, female humans, it's President Obama who doesn't respect your feminine um, ya know, feelings."

    And as far as forcing his wife to display Mitt in a human light: Fine. Mitt Romney is a solid father and husband. You know who else fits that description? Barack Obama.

    Plus, Obama has two young children, so it looks cuter. Mitt and Ann have five adult sons with rich, frat-boy names. Much less cute.

    At best -- at best -- the battle of loyal father/husband is a wash for Romney.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:41:16 AM PDT

  •  ...heh... (4+ / 0-)
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    As opposed to ... what? Telling her to shut her stupid lady mouth?
    Well...yes, actually.

    Personal anecdote:  A few years ago, I was in a local coffee shop with a buddy.  In came the very Republican, family values Mayor and his wife (#2).  They sat down at our table...  Long story short; after regaling us with far more "positive" detail of the KKK than I'd ever expected to hear from a former cocktail waitress, and general yakkery from both, the Mayor decided it was time for him and the Mrs. to leave.  He announced their departure by saying (to his wife), "You should shut your yap.  You talk too much.  We have to go."

    Of course, immediately shutting up is exactly what she did.  I remember looking at her and she avoided meeting my gaze.  And I took note of the large diamond necklace she was wearing and thought, "I'll bet you've truly "earned" every carat..."

    There's no way to know for certain, but I'd be willing to bet the nicest thing about Mitt Romney is that he doesn't tell his wife to shut up - at least not directly.

    It's a dynamic I've observed all too frequently between couples and men and women on the far/extreme right.

    And no matter how often I encounter it, I find the dynamic jarring, every single time.

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:43:36 AM PDT

  •  Hard work moving mansion to mansion, (8+ / 0-)

    remembering which tax shelter the household millions are stored in, and which elevator to park the Cadillacs on.

    She made choice or followed Mitt's orders?  

    She never had to choose between medicine or food, food or rent, electric or heat.      But Mitt would choose to close planned parenthood so WE can die in childbirth like our ancestors did from uncontrolled reproduction.

    Yes dear Romneys -- we poor folks want to make our own CHOICES -- without your divine guidance.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:46:29 AM PDT

  •  even that moron Rosen was smart enough (4+ / 0-)
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    to admit her words were poorly chosen.  It is not an "indisputable fact" that Anne Romney has never worked a day in her life. why are you doubling down on the idiocy that attracts backlash, in some measure deservedly so?

    Why not just say that Anne Romney does not understand what most women go through, period?

    Lots of women don't work outside the home for pay, even lots who are not well off.  

    We need to drop this losing meme fast.

    •  working families and working mothers (1+ / 0-)
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      and working single mothers (and single fathers) matter, especially in an economy like this.

      Sorry if that fact offends some people, but mothers who work outside the home really do have different economic and political concerns.

      Is the argument that working mothers should shut up about issues that matter to them?

      Or pretend that Ann Romney understands working mother's economic issues, because raising kids is also work? That's insane.

    •  Ann Romney, as pampered as she is, (0+ / 0-)

      has still worked a lot harder than her husband ever has. The truth is that Mitt Romney is the one who has never worked a day in his life.

    •  Now Hillary Rosen is a moron? Mkay then... (0+ / 0-)

      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 12:01:32 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, but lots of those women who don't work (0+ / 0-)

      outside the home for pay don't just raise the children.  They also cook and clean.  They don't have a staff to do it for them.

  •  I'll bet $10,000 that (2+ / 0-)
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    if Mitt wants to do something, and Ann would rather not, she ends up doing it.  Can you say dog on the roof?

  •  A question (7+ / 0-)

    I have something I would like to see addressed by Ann Romney and the GOP.

    The choice to be a stay at home Mom or Dad should be respected. Now, would you like to have a conversation about the millions of poor and middle class women who are denied that choice by economic conditions that make two incomes damn near a necessity, and living as a single parent an economic hardship?  Or the women who have to stay home when they want to work because the cost of childcare exceeds what they might make in some jobs?

    Ann, maybe your experience with MS will lead us to a conversation about why the government can't cover everyone's healthcare in part via taxing folks rich enough not to have these economic concerns?

  •  No one ever said Romney wasn't a family man... (0+ / 0-)

    ..the question is whether a woman who has never gotten up in the morning and head out to work or has ever wanted for money, knows what it is to struggle?
    --If you have never won my shoe, you can never tell me you know where it pinches...lies!!!

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

    by tuma on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:48:44 AM PDT

  •  Talk is cheap.His stance on policy is what matters (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Its obvious what Obama's strategy is (0+ / 0-)

    "Because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from."

    This friends is the President's playbook for the 2012 election

    The race has officially started -- May the best man win

    •  Not sure that he is doing that (0+ / 0-)

      He is making a contrast, which is true of any election.

      Like, Obama supported the Lily Ledbetter Act, and Romney doesnt. Or maybe he does. You never know with Romney.

      That's both touting your own record and contrasting with your opponent.

    •  WTF are you talking about? (1+ / 0-)
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      The strategy you cite is that of the republicans, not the President...seriously, Al, did you pick that shit up at RedState and decide to drop it over here?

  •  This says it all (0+ / 0-)
    his aides will reintroduce him to voters,
    "Reintroduce"????????  Again?  I mean, that etch-a-sketch has GOT to be getting worn out by now.

    Only horses should wear blinders.

    by independantman on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:54:26 AM PDT

  •  So this story gets 1 million times more coverage (3+ / 0-)

    than Mitt's full embrace of the Ryan plan which is about as anti-women as it gets. That's funny.  

    •  Welcome to Daily Kos! (0+ / 0-)

      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 12:02:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Wow. (1+ / 0-)
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    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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  •  3 pronged - hot, neutral and ground? (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Mittens shouldn't have to listen to Ann (2+ / 0-)
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    to figure out how women are doing in the country. Read a newspaper, watch something other than Fox, deal with women in your day-to-day life, HIRE some women at all those companies you start - hell, hire some in your campaign!
    I mean, seriously. Mitt has to ask the wife, "Honey, what's it like for women in the US?"
    Grrrrrrrrrrr.

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

    by MA Liberal on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:05:04 PM PDT

  •  I'm not attacking Ann...but (6+ / 0-)

    in all of her meetings with women on the campaign trail, do they tell her that they don't have the luxury of choosing whether or not to work?  What's lost in all of this faux outrage, and the point that Rosen, inartfully, was trying to point out is that when your husband can make $21 million a year off of investments and pay a 15% tax rate then you you have a choice.  When your husband makes $21,000 a year....there's really not a choice. If Mitt were proposing polices that could lead to poor and low middle class families making gains, then maybe I could cut him some slack.  But, as said by Mitt himself, he's not concerned with the poor.  He just wants to patch up holes in the safety net (which is actually a lie if you look at the Ryan plan).  This is a clear example of when a soundbite does not match the context.  Etch-a-sketch is a time when it does.  

    •  No offense.... but (0+ / 0-)

      You really should have stopped after "I'm not attacking Ann".

      Yeah, the Romneys are rich.  Holy cow rich.  My mother was mostly a stay at home mom and we were poor, which meant we really struggled.  Clearly, the Romneys didn't struggle financially.  But that in no way detracts from the fact that she raised five children which is a heck of a lot of work.  And she did all sorts of volunteer work as Massachusetts first lady.

      Hilary Rosen was wrong.  Anyone defending what Rosen said are equally wrong if not more so.  Just because we're on the liberal/progressive side doesn't mean we defend people on our side when they're wrong.  If we want the moral high ground, we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard.

  •  R-Money is worth $.25 BILLION (6+ / 0-)
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    You really think that his wife "working from home" is equivalent to my wife "working from home" with NO HELP??? Gimme a break ...

  •  A friend of mine would love to have a tea for her (0+ / 0-)

    but she wanted to book a empty warehouse not a country club.

  •  Ann should have stayed out of it (1+ / 0-)
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    Now if something comes up about her, she can't do the attacking family members is wrong routine. She has no injected herself officially in this campaign.

  •  Why is Mittens sitting on his hand? (0+ / 0-)

    Just sayin' it looks weird.

  •  The more Mitt talks about the "good ol' days"... (0+ / 0-)

    The more we get to talk about Seamus.

    #irideinside

    Voting for a republican because you are disappointed in Obama is like leaving your kids with a pedophile because you're pissed that the babysitter was late.

    by Azdak on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:33:43 PM PDT

  •  Romney says... (1+ / 0-)
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    Romney says that believes the Supreme Court should overturn Rov v. Wade.  He said that he wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood.  He supports the Blunt/Rubio ammendment.  He supports a constitutional ammendment to establish the definition of life at conception.  He is for do nothing about housing foreclosures and letting the housing market hit bottom.  He argued to let Detroit go bankrupt.  He called the withdrawl from Iraq tragic.  He said that he would repeal "Obamacare".  He said that he would veto the Dream Act.  He endoresed the Ryan budget that ends Medicare as we know it.  He proclaimed that corporations are people.  He said that he's not concerned about the very poor.

    There isn't a Romney strategy that is somehow going to make voters forget the GOP legislation and the Romney positions.

  •  Tax Mystery SOLVED!!! (0+ / 0-)

    I think we might have a solution to all those tax returns that Team Romney wont release that Team McCain was horrified by - those kids didnt raise themselves!!!

    His first child was born in '70, the last (of 5) in '81.

    He was working at Boston Consulting Group  when he was hired by Bain in '77.  Assume they paid a decent singing bonus and paid him well.  By '78 they had 3 kids under 9.  How much you want to bet those tax records show a steady stream of domestic help from '77 on.  Lets assume none were illegal immigrants so this is not a tax/immigration issues.  But Ill bet is shows that the hard work of being a stay at home mom was just a bit easier than for most.

    So in the grand tradition of politics, someone needs to ask team Romney this - how many maids did you have to help Ann?  Just ask the question.  Who cares about the answer!

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:41:50 PM PDT

  •  She's a Stepford wife and says what she's told to (0+ / 0-)

    And I'm quite sure what she's really wishing she could be doing is riding horses. (I'm not at all unsympathetic to the fact that she finds it therapeutic for her MS, of course, but I'm fairly sure this is not fun for Mrs. Mittens.)

    Gawd, I wonder why Republicans have paid so little attention to the animosity most people feel toward not her, but her creep of a husband here in Massachusetts. Oh well, sounds like at least the womenfolk over there are starting to wake up.

    Ich bin ein Wisconsiner!

    by Apphouse50 on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:52:24 PM PDT

  •  Nobody in that picture ever served in the military (0+ / 0-)

    It is rare to find anyone from the rich caste in uniform.  That has ruined the armed forces and will ruin the nation.  WWII was a great equalizer, whereby the poorest Appalachian miner's child served with the most elite members of society, and a mutual respect was attained.  After the war this led to a society that valued everyone in a way that today's society simply does not.  "I am by brother's keeper" has given way to "I have mine and screw you".  It is no accident that the post WWII era generation was the most upwardly-mobile.  We've lost that "pull together for the good of each other" society that was fostered by the War.   Not that those times were idyllic, by any means, especially if you happened to be of color or non-heterosexual, but I fear all the worst attitudes of those times have been preserved, and all the best attributes of that society have given way to the lesser angels of our nature.

  •  Leave it to Mitt Rmoney... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...to put a 3-pronged strategy into a 2-pronged election...

    (Besides, aren't the servants supposed to plug this shit in???)

  •  He looks like a young John Kerry in that pic. (1+ / 0-)
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    Unfortunately for Mitt, he doesn't have 1/10th of the political skills Kerry has.

    President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

    by askew on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:35:56 PM PDT

  •  The Republican Party... (0+ / 0-)

    a middle-aged nerd on his first date who has no idea how to relate to women, but has spent A LOT of time watching "Leave it to Beaver" and "The Donna Reed Show."

  •  We are missing the point. (0+ / 0-)

    How will middle America view this campaign ploy?  Will they eat it up?  Family pictures of Dad and Mom and the kids are always being used by the candidates. Just look at Obama and his family at play, at work, at home.  I realize that we are at an advantage because we have all of the background information on what Romney has said and done but if I am Joe sixpack and watching tv how is this going to sway my vote.  This is the analysis I am looking for.

    •  It's really hard to say (1+ / 0-)
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      One of the sad things about politics is that Joe Sixpack already has an opinion, and he'll view whatever he sees through that microscope.

      Republicans are going to think Romney is a marvelous family man who also excels at business and, in order to get an R in the white house, they'll conveniently forget he invented the model for Obamacare.

      TANGENT: I really hope the term Obamacare sticks.  I don't understand how the country is split on whether we all deserve healthcare, but much like Social Security and Medicare, I believe Obamacare will be very popular in time and I like seeing someone I support having that as part of his legacy.  END TANGENT.

      In the end, the pundits who say this election will be decided by a small percentage of independent voters in the middle are probably right.  We on the left have our opinion.  On the right, they have theirs.  Whoever does a better job of winning the middle will win.  That being said...  I really hope republicans keep doing their anti-women garbage.  I'd LOVE to see them bounced out of office by women.  THAT would make this one magical election season.

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