Mitt, Ann, and the Dignity of Work

As I posted on Friday, last week there was a super spectacular OUTRAGE on the right wing about Democratic Strategist Obama Advisor CNN contributor Hilary Rosen’s comment that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.” The Republicans, who are never shy about jumping on any possible gaffe and make it into a potential scandal, especially on issues where they are getting creamed, wasted no time in sending out fundraising emails, whipping up the rightwing blogosphere, and even offering merchandise on their site.

Like I said before, I think one of the GOP’s biggest problem with women voters is not just their policies, but the fact that they talk to women like women are stupid. And some of the talk from conservatives about this incident could only be believed by stupid people. I was told this weekend that Rosen got her marching orders from the president, and that she was sent out to attack motherhood to see if it would fly, and then when there was pushback, the White House threw her under the bus. That’s real stupidity folks.

Dumb people with access to Facebook

The link from Obama to Rosen has been a subject of great debate. Apparently she visited the White House 38 times? I’m skeptical, considering the right’s failures on similar claims, but whatever. Maybe she’s Obama’s best buddy; I don’t know. Regardless, anyone who reads Rosen’s quote in context knows that she wasn’t attacking motherhood; she was noting that Ann Romney wasn’t the best person to advise her husband on the issues and problems faced by mothers who do work outside the home.

Anyway, it’s not like President Obama himself said something that implied that stay-at-home moms don’t work, right? I mean… can you imagine the outrage if either of the actual candidates said something like that? Oh, hold on, what’s this:

Oh dear. Somehow these statements by Mitt Romney have completely failed to register on the conservative outrage meter. Weird. Oh well, after all, they were made way back in… January 2012. Ancient history in Mittland.

Chris Hayes deserves a lot of credit for unearthing this video and playing it on his show this weekend. Have I mentioned how much I think everyone should be watching that show? I think I have.