The comment that started the latest media migraine:April 13, 2012 @ 8:33 am (Updated: 8:42 am - 4/13/12 )
In this March 19, 2012 file photo, Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo)
"His wife has actually never worked a day in her life," CNN's Hilary Rosen playing into this idea that Ann Romney is a Stepford wife.
President Obama immediately condemned the comment as out of line, but it also put Mrs. Romney center stage and gave her a chance to prove just how un-Stepford she is:
"My career choice was to be a mother and I think all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make. Other women make other choices to have a career and raise a family, which I think Hilary Rosen has actually done herself. I respect that, that's wonderful. But you know, there are other people who have a choice. We have to respect women in all the choices they make."
Ann Romney, on Fox, mentioning choice five times in 21 seconds.
All this jumped out of the radio when I heard it. Because just when the political divide on women seems deepest we suddenly see liberal Democrats like the president scrambling to defend traditional motherhood, and at the same time, the wife of the presumptive Republican nominee is talking choices, choices, choices, choices, choices.
"I would love to have people understand that Mitt and I have compassion for people who are struggling and that's why we're running."
Does that sound like someone who would let the insurance companies cut off your kids insurance? Does that sound like a First Lady who would just stand by as companies lay off working women in the name of fatter profits? Would she deny family leave to women who need to take care of sick children? Would she agree that every woman should be able to send her children an excellent school, regardless of income?
I don't know about their husbands, but it sounds to me like Ann Romney and Michele Obama could campaign together! We'll see.
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