On the Substance of Hilary Rosen’s Remarks About Ann Romney
April 13, 2012 2 Comments
I believe that the substance of Hilary Rosen’s “poorly chosen” remarks about Ann Romney — that Romney is unqualified to speak about the United States economy because she has never depended on a salary or had to worry about being fired — is actually a conservative rhetorical move. After all, it is the conservative movement which constantly harps on the importance of having worked in the private sector in order to work on public policy matters.
To deliberately misunderstand Rosen as attacking women who choose to stay at home to raise a family is, well, to deliberately misunderstand Rosen. That’s neither what she meant nor what she said.
The media jumps on this issue because it’s easy. They love it when the fight is personal, as it means that they don’t have to do any…what is it called? Oh yeah, they don’t have to do any thinking.
There is, however, some substance to this debate. I would love to see the outraged conservatives asked why they support continuing a conservative economic plan (higher budgets for the military and lower taxes on the wealthy) which has led to fewer women being able to choose to stay at home should they wish.
When talking about this brouhaha, Democrats should ask Republicans to put their economic plan where their supposed values are.
Under the Mountain Bunker: Enough with the Ann Romney hissy fit
Blackinformationhighway’s Blog: No Need to Apologize to Ann Romney
A Crowded Bookshelf: Hilary Rosen wasn’t wrong and Obama shouldn’t defend Mrs Romney
Robert’s Virtual Soapbox: Mrs. Mittens is NO feminist