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Thank You, Ms. Rosen


Though everyone is talking about Democratic strategist and Obama confidant Hilary Rosen's insolent remarks about Ann Romney, I want to discuss them, too, because they reveal her leftist mindset.

Rosen didn't misspeak; she spoke deliberately and with passion. And when given a chance to retract or soften her remarks, she doubled down — at least initially.

Her comments came in a segment on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Cooper pointed out that in the current economy, "women are seeing jobs come back much more slowly than men are," and he asked Rosen, essentially, whether there was anything wrong with the Romney campaign's highlighting that fact and "reaching out to women on an issue that they care about, on the economy."

"Guess what?" asked Rosen. "His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kinds 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 why we worry about their future."

Though Rosen's next comment hasn't received as much attention, it exposes liberal thinking. She said: "There's something much more fundamental about Mitt Romney, because he seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women. And I think that comes across. ... He just doesn't really see us as equal."

Ann Romney responded in her newly launched Twitter account, "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work."

Back on CNN the next day, Rosen protested that she loves stay-at-home moms. "This is not about Ann Romney," she said. "This is about the waitress in a diner someplace in Nevada who has two kids whose day care funding is being cut off because of the Romney-Ryan budget and she doesn't know what to do."

Rosen's remarks, taken together, tell us that like many of today's leftists, she sees America not as a melting pot, but as a Balkanized land of categorized groups, warring against one another. She sees people as blacks, women or gays, not as individuals.

From Rosen's leftist perspective, Republicans don't care about these groups but consider them inferior; "he just doesn't really see us as equal."

As usual with leftists, she's projecting. Who's not seeing women as equals, Ms. Rosen? Deny it as you now must, but you are the one dissing stay-at-home moms, diminishing their role and its worth and dignity, and implying they are somehow inferior.

That's not the way conservative women see it; they respect women whether they stay at home or work.

As Ann Romney told Martha MacCallum on Fox News Channel: "My career choice was to be a mother. ... We need to respect choices that women make." She said that Mitt had always told her that her job was more important because it would make a permanent difference.

But we must understand that Rosen's comments also transcend her opinion of stay-at-home moms. She's articulating the narrow, intolerant leftist view that if you are a member of a particular group, you must adopt the attitudes of the left, or you won't measure up. If you are black, a woman or gay and don't subscribe to liberalism and embrace its hostile identity politics, you are not an authentic black person, woman or gay person. If you are a pro-life woman, you can't fully identify with real women.

Rosen's view that the "Romney-Ryan" budget victimizes waitresses further displays the left's habit of seeing everything through the prism of identity politics. Like President Obama, she places people in economic classes, too — the haves and the have-nots — and the only solution they offer the "have-nots" is government assistance, not the hope of advancement through greater opportunity.

Ann Romney served up a delicious smack-down on this argument, as well, saying that she's been on the campaign trail for a year and what women are talking about are "jobs and ... the legacy of debt that we're leaving our children." She gave no quarter to Rosen's implication that the Romneys' wealth makes them insensitive to the less fortunate — again mouthing the noxious view that unless you're part of a group, you can't relate to that group. "Mitt and I have compassion for people that are struggling, and that's why we're running."

Sorry to break it to Ms. Rosen, but the question isn't whether a president is poor — none of them is; Obama's not — but whether he would implement pro-growth and anti-debt policies.

Truth be told, conservatives, generally speaking, have more compassion than those leftists who relegate people to dehumanizing groups. Compassion is a very human phenomenon, not sterile political advocacy ostensibly on behalf of categories of people ripe for political exploitation.

The left's manufactured GOP "war on women" is backfiring. Thank you, Hilary Rosen, and thank you, Ann Romney.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "Crimes Against Liberty," was No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction for its first two weeks. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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I am not aware of a Rommey-Ryan budget however I am aware that The House with it's leader Mr.Ryan have passed a budget unlike The Senate which is controlled by The Dems. I believe The waitress in any American dinner with Children has this concern, our health care is going up, our taxes are going up and The Country's debt is sky rocketing. My children, my children won't be taking over my job because I can't retire because I need to bring in more money to pay for higher gas prices because the wind mills are producing enough and the two guys who work on them don't eat out enough.
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Posted by: james la londe
Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:09 AM
Rosen said:

"Guess what?" asked Rosen. "His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kinds 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 why we worry about their future."

Rosen mis-spoke, she was completely wrong to say that mothers who stay at home, caring for children are not working. Raising children and caring for the family is incredible hard work. We all know that. But that wasn't her point, as in all political arguments, both sides take four words out of context and turn them into 15 second sound bites, that's was so disgusting about the political TV ads. Her point was the remainder of the quote, this isn't about liberals vs. conservatives, that waitress in a dirt town in Oklahoma could care less about politics, she is working two jobs with two kids to feed. She has a child care subsidy so she can work, if she loses that her paycheck will equal her childcare. She doesn't care about intellectual arguments, she cares about feeding her kids, she's not a sponge off the system, she's a hard worker who is trying to do the right thing by her kids. Maybe she's on Medicaid, with a job with no benefits, maybe one of her kids has diabetes or is autistic, she needs help. She's one step away from losing those boots with the bootstraps all the right wing keep telling her to pull herself up by. That was the point Ms. Rosen was trying to make, Ann Romney, although she's a good Mom and works hard for her children, (although I would like to see the amount of household help she has, nannies, maids, stable keepers, and other assistants who keep her going, while she travels the country waving and giving that adoring smile at her husband), has never had to worry about her next meal, how to get a Dr. to see her kid, how to pay her rent, or how to get her car fixed so she can get to work. The GOP wants to cut all the services that give people a leg up so they can make it, it's the compassion impaired party with a budget that cuts social services and gives the 1% tax breaks. That was Rosen's point, women like Ann Romney have never had to walk in that waitress's shoes, never had to worry about paying her rent, feeding her kids, getting Medical care for her kids, or how to pay $200.00 to get her car fixed so she can go to work tomorrow, when there is $67.00 in her checking account. I am sure Ann is a good Mom, but everything I have heard from Romney is that he is compassion impaired, he has no empathy for or guilt about all those families he destroyed in his years at Bain. I came from a corporate environment, your only obligation is the next quarter's profits, and people are just names on a computerized list from HR, lay offs were made with a highlighter according to salary, employees being laid off were expected to train new hires that would replace them, with no experience and were hired at half the salary. A bitter pill that the laid off employees were expected to swallow if they wanted their severence contract. My friend who worked at a local company was laid off, had to train his replacement, and after twenty years with the company was made to clean his office out with a security guard observing him while he packed and walked out of the building. They were afraid he would steal a stapler. He was made to walk out of the office with a guard, carrying his box of belongings in front of twenty members of his team. I am sure Romney never had to suffer this humiliation, and I am sure Ann never had to beg her landlord to give her one more week to pay her rent.

This was Ms. Rosens's point, the slash of Ryan's pen is no different that lay off highlighter in the board room, there is no recognition that these are people, real people who are effected. They are not the 1%

Conservative Mantra: They can eat cake, can't they? If her kid has diabetes he can go to the ER for free, can't he?
They just don't get it.............
Comment: #2
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:46 AM
Funny Rosen complained that Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life, yet she has no problem with people like Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton who have never worked an honest day in their lives, have never created one penny of wealth, and have leeched off of the hard working taxpayers their whole lives.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Thetruth
Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:43 PM
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