Another shot fired in the Democrats’ war on women:
HILARY ROSEN: Well, first, can we just get rid of this word, “war on women”? The Obama campaign does not use it, President Obama does not use it—this is something that the Republicans are accusing people of using, but they’re actually the ones spreading it. With respect to economic issues, I think actually that Mitt Romney’s 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, 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.” Guess what? His wife has never actually worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the 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 do—why we worry about their future. So I think it’s, yes, it’s about these positions, and yes there will be a war of words about the positions, but there’s something much more fundamental about Mitt Romney—he just seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women, and I think that comes across, and I think that’s going to hurt him over the long term. He just doesn’t really see us as equal.
Okay, let’s unpack this a little bit.
First of all, I agree with her that we need to get rid of the “war on women” moniker, but Democrats haven’t been shy about using it before this, including DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
The Democrats want to drop the “war on women” line because it’s starting to backfire on them, with comments like Rosen’s above and yesterday’s news that the Obama White House pays women less than men. So now that it’s not working any more, of course they want to drop it.
Second, anyone who thinks that stay at home moms don’t deal with economic issues is a person who’s never filled their own gas tank, never done their own grocery shopping, and never purchased her own kids’ school clothes. I’m a childless man and I realize that stay at home moms deal with things like that all the time, so why doesn’t Rosen?
Third, the bit about Romney not seeing women as equals… I hate to sound like a broken record, but a sitting President of her own party pays women employees in his own White House less than men! Talk about not seeing women as equals… remove the plank from your own eye first, Ms. Rosen.
This interview was so bad that both Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and close Obama friend David Axelrod felt they had to publicly disavow those comments. However, that shouldn’t stop the Romney campaign from using this clip to explain to stay at home mom voters exactly how some Democrats see them.
Update: If the Obama White House wants to try to distance themselves from Rosen without disavowing her comments, they’re facing a tough uphill battle. Rosen visited the White House nearly 3 dozen times:
Having said that, White House visitor logs indicate that “Hilary Rosen” visited the White House 35 times.
Further perspective: Energy Secretary Stephen/Steve Chu visited 16 times. (Guests are listed by name, not by title, so it is theoretically possible these totals count a separate person with the same name. In the case of Chu, I’m presuming he is the one listing of “Steve Chu” as well as the 15 “Stephen Chu” listings.)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has visited 19 times.
Former CIA Director and current Secretary of DefenseLeon Panetta, 12 times.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the name “Joseph R. Biden” appears . . . 6 times.
At least Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner managed to get into the White House more frequently than Rosen, but not by much. He has visited 40 times.
Good luck selling the idea that she’s some disconnected commentator and not a Democratic insider.
Update 2: The Democrats are trying the “disconnected Rosen” spin even though the visitor logs show otherwise (as shown above):
An Obama campaign aide told The Hill that the strategist, Hilary Rosen, is not an adviser of any kind to the campaign and likewise doesn’t serve as an adviser to the Democratic National Committee.
The aide’s comments echo those of Patrick Gaspard, the DNC executive director, who said in an interview on MSNBC that Rosen, a renowned Washington communications adviser and strategist, is “absolutely not a paid adviser to the DNC or to the Obama campaign, absolutely not.”
If she’s not an adviser, why was she at the White House nearly three dozen times? Is she also a massage therapist giving Obama his rubdowns after his golf game?
Desperate. There’s no other word for it.
Update 3: A minor point, but if Rosen thinks that the Democrats never used the “war on women” line, she needs to be introduced to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Update 4: The desperation reaches new heights (or is that lows?):
The Democratic National Committee forwards a ThinkProgress story under the subject line: “Conservatives Attack Hilary Rosen For Raising Children As A Lesbian”
Uh, no. We’re responding to her attack on stay at home moms. Personally, I couldn’t care less who she sleeps with, it’s her statements that I’m reacting to.
Update 5: Remember what Obama said about attacks on his wife back in 2008?
Sen. Barack Obama ripped into a Republican ad today that targets comments made by his wife, Michelle, and called the GOP tactic “low class” and “detestable.”
I guess attacks on a Republican candidate’s wife are just fine, right, Barack?
If not, where’s your personal denunciation of Rosen’s comments?