Who Won in the Hilary Rosen vs. Ann Romney Debate: Not Women
By Mona Gable on April 13, 2012
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For instance, here's the lovely tweet Catholic League President Bill Donohue tossed off about Rosen, who happens to be a lesbian:
Lesbian Dem Hilary Rosen tells Ann Romney she never worked a day in her life. Unlike Rosen, who had to adopt kids, Ann raised 5 of her own.
— Catholic League (@CatholicLeague) April 12, 2012
What really saddens and infuriates me is that I remember this same conversation from two decades ago, when my own children were growing up. It was called "The Mommy Wars." Sound familiar? How's that for history? And it was just as pointless and divisive then as it is today. When are we going to put that term to bed and focus on what really matters to women in this hard economy?
As for Rosen, on Thursday she issued an apology for that stupid remark about Ann Romney:
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. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women's financial struggles.
As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.
And she also spoke to Twitter:
I deeply apologize again to work-in-home moms, Mrs Romney & the POTUS. Not going on #MTP this weekend. I'm going to be a mom who stays home
— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) April 13, 2012
You can choose to think she's sincere or not. But I couldn't have said it better.