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It was an unseemliness that continued on Twitter following the Fox interview. “I’ve nothing against @AnnRomney. I just don’t want Mitt using her as an expert on women struggling $ to support their family. She isn’t,” Rosen tweeted. She followed that with “@AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy.”
By early yesterday afternoon, Rosen’s gaffe had reached critical mass among Democrats, who apparently realized they had overplayed their war on women strategy. “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly,” tweeted Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. “Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod echoed Messina. “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
Not nearly as offensive as a pro-Obama Super PAC, Priorities USA, keeping a one million dollar Obama campaign contribution from HBO host Bill Maher, despite the fact that Maher referred to former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as a “dumb twat” and a “c**t.” Axlerod was given the chance by CNN host Erin Burnett to demand that Maher’s donation be returned. He dodged the issue completely, even as he contended conservative radio host’s Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of activist Sandra Fluke as a “slut” was a far more egregious slur against women. Thus, Axlerod’s “disappointment” is disingenuous at best.
Finally, late yesterday afternoon, Rosen herself apologized. ”I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” she said in statement. “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.”
A faux war? Rosen might want to alert the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. They’re running an online petition titled “Stop the Republican War on Women!” She might want to alert Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as well. In an online blast Wednesday by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Pelosi asked for donations in order “to send a clear message that we will not tolerate or stand by while Republicans wage war on women’s rights.”
It is a war they’ll have to wage with Ann Romney on the other side. The quiet dignity she demonstrated in the midst of an unwarranted attack suggests that she knows how to handle herself on the campaign trail. 42 years of marriage to the same man suggests a stability and loyalty unlikely to be ruffled by Democrats, no matter how hard they attack. They got their taste regarding her depth of character yesterday.
It won’t be their last.
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