There is a new battle raging out there in pundit land. This time it is between the wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic Strategist Hillary Rosen over women, work and wealth. Stay-at-home moms with wealth vs. career or pounding the pavement working mothers. The usual opposing partisan camps have been set up and the fight is on.
By now, we have all heard what Rosen said to CNN's AC360 Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night. If you are one of the rare ones who haven't here is what she said about Ann Romney:
"Mitt Romney runs around the country saying well, you know, my wife tells me what women really care about are economic issues and when I listen to my wife, that's what I'm hearing. His wife actually never had to work a day in her life--she's never really dealt with the kind 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 how or why we worry about their future..."
You get the picture. Now many are calling her statement stay-at-home bashing and Ann Romney has taken to the airwaves to defend her position. Rosen is also standing her ground and responding to the Twitter outrage. She said she was not bashing women who choose to stay home for what they do is incredibly hard but if Mitt Romney continues to use his wife as "an economic surrogate," then expect to be challenged on that.
In the Republican corner, Fox News is supporting Ann Romney and the DNC is calling for an apology. The Democrats are defending Rosen-- well not all Democrats, for interestingly, the White House is distancing themselves from Rosen. The First Lady, Mrs. Obama, took to Twitter saying:
Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected. –mo.
Mrs. Romney responded on Twitter, tweeting for the first time, saying:
I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.
She also reiterated to her "Friends at Fox" that she chose to stay at home to raise her five boys and though it was a difficult decision, she was afforded the choice. One of her sons even came to her aid, saying his mom could have done anything "but she chose to stay home and raise me." Below is an excerpt from her rebuttal to Rosen:
"She should have come to my house when those 5 boys were causing so much trouble--it wasn't so easy--my career choice was to be a mother, and I think all of us need to know to respect choices that women make--other women make other choices to have a career and raise a family, which I think Hillary Rosen has done herself. I respect that, that's wonderful but you know there are other people who have a choice--we have to respect women in all the choices that they make...."
Listen to the rest by clicking the above video tab on the right. Click the video directly above this article to hear Hillary Rosen's statement.
Rosen supporters say the argument could be made that Mrs. Romney's stay at home situation is not the average stay-at-home voters experience. They say she is not bashing staying at home caring for one's family but is simply making the comparison between Ann Romney's riches which enabled her to care and provide for her family quite differently to struggling moms everywhere, who have to juggle working out of the home and in or contend with the stress of losing their jobs. It is not the job of being a mother but rather the amenities available to do that job and do it well. We cannot ignore that there is a stark distinction here, they say. They're questioning how Mrs. Romney can be her husband's ear to women on the economy when she has never had to deal with the struggles that result from living directly and being adversely affected by our current abysmal one and even more dire unemployment?
What do you thing about the furor: Was Rosen bashing stay at home women like Ann Romney for a lack of career, or was she speaking some truths about Romney constantly using his wife as his economic guru on the campaign trail?