Mitt Romney needs to write Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen a thank you note for the lovely gift she’s surprised him with: She said on CNN that the presumed Republican presidential nominee’s wife, Ann Romney — a mom of five, who has multiple sclerosis and is trying to help her hubby become president — “has actually never worked a day in her
Rosen, who is paid cash money to offer advice to the Democratic National Committee, told Anderson Cooper, “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 how do we — why we worry about their future.”
On Twitter later, Rosen made matters even worse; instead of apologizing, she said the candidate couldn’t have learned anything from his wife about the economic problems facing women because “she doesn’t have any.”
Better than a big ol’ donation, right?
The campaign aside for just a second, are we really not over the tired old “us-versus-them” fight between women who work outside the home and those who don’t? (Actually, even that formulation is outdated, because it’s not as if women who don’t collect a paycheck are hermits; on the contrary, some of them drive so much they know more shortcuts than the cabbies.)
And wasn’t there a little bit — okay, a lot — of the class divide Republicans are always complaining about in Rosen’s put-down? That Ann Romney has money, horses and two Cadillacs — one for her beach house — does not mean she plays tennis, gets her nails done and calls it a day.
More to the point, though, when Rosen went after Romney’s wife, she actually cast Ann Romney as on the side of the soccer mom, and showed an unfortunate disdain for all women whose efforts aren’t rewarded with a salary and a 401(k).
Horrified Democrats certainly wasted no time in denouncing what Rosen said, but all the same, this one will be kicked around for a while. And Ann Romney? Even with this freebie in her pocket, for the campaign spouse, there are no days off.
Melinda Henneberger is a Post political writer and anchors ‘She the People.’ Follow her on Twitter at @MelindaDC.