Morning Mix: The “Good Side” and Bad Side of Mommy Wars
The whole “do stay at home moms really work?” fake controversy is mostly at an end, hopefully, and now, like always, it’s analysis time.
The Obama campaign is trying to find a bright side to the blow up. And for them, it’s that he’s proven that he’s willing to take on people even if they are supposed to be his “friends.” “Doing damage control, White House adviser David Plouffe and Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod made separate appearances Thursday night to contrast Obama’s public response to Rosen to Romney’s response to controversial comments made by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. ‘I think we have an obligation in politics and public life, when someone, even friends, say things that are inappropriate, to say so. In fact, in certain ways, when your friends say it, there is more of an obligation to do so,’ Axelrod said on CNN.”
I guess that could be seen as a silver lining. But here’s the dark cloud…the comments made by Democratic analyst Hilary Rosen helped bring another face back into the limelight. Yes, it’s “mama grizzly” Sarah Palin. “‘The comments that Hilary Rosen made today certainly have awakened many Mama Grizzlies across the nation,” Palin said Thursday on Fox News of the Democratic strategist’s remarks. ‘Why is it that some on the left choose to divide, to incite with comments like that instead of just respecting women’s choices and what they want to do with the gifts that God has given them?’”
Incite and divide? This criticism from the woman who put cross-hairs on her campaign materials?
According to First Read, with three “manufactured controversies” in the last month, it’s a good time to analyze how they play blow up and blow away. “[W]e talk about the manufactured controversy and not the real story here…. The fact is, these next few months before the conventions are probably going to be filled with these manufactured ‘shiny metal object’ controversies because of what we noted — just how professionalized both political parties are at creating them. And some in the media are easily susceptible to helping these manufactured controversies go viral because they are seen as simply ‘more interesting’ than the serious ‘eat your vegetables’-like issues that divide the two parties.”
Let’s hope now we can pass the carrots.
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