When Hilary Rosen made some pretty untoward comments about Ann Romney being a stay-at-home mom and therefore not knowing anything about the economic hardships facing women, I had no sympathy for Rosen. I don't think that Ann Romney is out of touch with women's economic issues because she was a stay-at-home mom; I think she's out of touch with women's and the average American's economic concerns for the same reason her husband is: their massive family wealth was amassed by (a) inheritance, and (b) causing for countless American families exactly the kinds of financial hardships
that require one to close their eyes to human suffering.
So as the Republican party continues to wage a war on both women's health care and on economic issues that women and middle class Americans
of all genders and races care about, Republicans took Rosen's misstatement (which she apologized for) out for a spin to try to close the huge gender gap. Ann Romney got her first twitter account, and oh, it was bliss in the GOP twitland. But last night, Mitt and Ann Romney went into a closed-door fundraiser, and they couldn't keep a lid over their giddiness that they were, in fact, milking the Rosen flap for its political value. See, Ann Romney apparently wasn't really
upset that Rosen had said something about stay-at-home moms. She was merely using it for politics
. And so was her husband:
At the fundraiser, Haake adds, both Romney and his wife Ann remained absolutely giddy about last week’s Hilary Rosen flap. "It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and that was really a defining moment, and I loved it," Ann Romney said. The candidate went further, calling the episode a "gift" that allowed his campaign to show contrast with Democrats in the general election's first week.
Indeed. Republicans use women as political football for everything else, why not on this as well? And oh, you know that sudden GOP love affair with the bumper sticker, "Moms do work?" Don't worry, moms of America. the Republican party isn't suddenly getting all compassionate and starting to care about moms. Unless you are a a wealthy mom, ala Ann Romney.
But while Romney said last week that “all moms are working moms,” that doesn’t apply to mothers who are welfare recipients, the Boston Globe says. Romney said at a Jan. 4 campaign stop in Manchester, N.H.: “Even if you have a child two years of age, you need to go to work,” Romney describing his position as Massachusetts governor. “And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless,’ and I said ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving daycare to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.’”
Apparently, the dignity of the work a parent has to do to raise children is directly correlated to the parent's level of wealth, and the dignity of work outside the home is inversely correlated to the parent's wealth. Yeah, you moms without wealth. Quit whining about how hard it is to raise your kids and go back to work! You see, moms (and dads) who are poor have no "dignity of work" if they want to do the full time job of raising their kids, but suddenly for rich moms, they do work.
The Republican party and their nominee-apparent are not serious about standing up for women. They are not even serious about standing up for motherhood or even for stay-at-home moms. They did not experience outrage at the suggestion that moms and dads who stay home to raise children don't work every bit as hard as those who work outside the home. No, they are glad to have it as a political opportunity instead.
This is the insincerity that the American people sense from the GOP and Mitt Romney. This is why despite their best efforts, the "Hilary Rosen flap" is not going to gain them back any women.