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Romney Camp Reignites The Mommy Wars

Romney Camp Reignites The Mommy Wars

With women voters fleeing the Republican party after a never-ending assault on women’s rights, Mitt Romney had to do something to try and bring women voters back into the fold. But who suggested reigniting the mommy wars was the way to do it?

In case you missed it, Romney and his supporters are outraged after CNN commentator Hilary Rosen said she thought it was wrong for Mitt Romney to be using his wife as his guide to women’s economic struggles when she “had never worked a day in her life.” The Romney camp quickly responded that, in choosing to stay home and raise five boys Ann Romney did work, thankyouverymuch.

And here we are. Not discussing the fact that the presumed Republican presidential nominee can’t come out in support for the radical notion that women of equal qualification and experience should be paid the same as their male peers. Equal pay for equal work is a position too liberal for the Republican party in 2012. Let’s just be clear about that.

Nor are we discussing the fact that in arguing that women fared worse under the Obama administration Romney and his advisers dodge the central issue of wage deflation and market contraction for women that comes with an assault on the public sector workforce.

Let’s also remember that in talking about whether or not stay-at-home-mothers are of equal, lesser, or greater value to mothers who work outside the home we are no longer talking about the fact that Republican assaults on health care means that women have even fewer options to chose to stay home or to work so the idea of “choice” becomes effectively meaningless.

Instead, the argument wedges women against women, and pits  the value of work outside the home against the value of work inside, as if there is a difference. Most importantly, it means we’re no longer talking about the right’s very real assault on women’s choices and options. Rosen’s comments, which were nothing short of stupid, play right into the persecution complex of the right and gave the Romney camp the opportunity to wage a Breitbart-style campaign of distraction.

And all of that withstanding the real point that Rosen was trying to make which is, perhaps Ann Romney is not the best surrogate to speak to the economic struggles of women. Because she’s not.

So let’s remember that as the right fans the flames of the mommy wars and as too many on the left readily dive right in. Each second we spend “debating” this topic is one less spent on the very real and daily assault on women’s rights.

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10:51AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Mothers who stay at home to be full-time moms work as hard or harder than outside workers ( on their outside jobs) But most of those mothers do the actual care of their children. Has anyone ever asked if Ann Romney has servants? Nannies? How many wealthy people actually do all the hands on baby care? I'll bet Ann never had to sit up all night with a screaming, colicky baby without anywhere to turn for help. Or had to rush her child to a local clinic at 4 am because she can't afford regular checkups or vaccines? Or worse case, live in a substandard area in roach and rat filled homes where her children are exposed to diseases, drugs and gangs.

About the only thing the same between Mrs. Romney as a mother and most other women is they both gave birth to children. Don't tell me she knows a single thing about the challenges mothers of the 99% face and the one her husband and party want to make worse.

10:23AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

How pathetic couple you are Mr. and Mrs. Romney.

10:23AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

How pathetic couple you are Mr. and Mrs. Romney.

8:40AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

I agree that Rosen's wording was a mistake. And I believe that an honest debate of the facts would reveal that, although raising children is most decidedly work -- difficult, important work -- Rosen was also correct in that Ann Romney never "had to work" in the sense of "must get a job or starve" a day in her life.

8:29AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

@Eugene W

"Obama pays women staffers less" is typical Republican BS. Republicans specialize in misleading propaganda.

Phil P explained the federal employee pay structure. Pay is determined by grade not by gender.

I took a look at the actual numbers - available as an Excel file from In 2011, 142 staffers made $100k or more. The average salary of all these staffers was $135k. The average salary of women in that group was $136k.


7:06AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

a womans greatest value is being a full time homemaker with a good education and a part time job so she can experience the best of both worlds and truely have it all.

11:57PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

I suppose it is too much to hope that Romney and co. could actually understand that Ms Romney had a CHOICE that most women are denied and that denial extends to a whole range of other issues that affect women. Not just women of child bearing age or mothers of children but working women, old women, white and black and brindle women, sick women and disadvantaged and uneducated women.

What disheartens me is that the Republicans cannot or will not see that women of privilege are just that. Privileged. But for most women, life is a struggle to gain equality.

3:12AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Why not end this war on women and give them equality?

1:52AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Thanks for the article.

8:56PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

"With women voters fleeing the Republican party"..... Really?

I'm looking Jessica - looking hard for women that are "fleeing" the Republican Party. Even looking hard for just one woman that has heard of the "war on women".

Haven't found any yet!

Now the "Mommy Wars" - well - that's a different story - and Mommy's all over this country are up in arms.

Seems they actually crashed the White House messaging system in response to Hilary Rosen's dumb comment on CNN.

And then your pal Robin Marty tries to make a "How much will the GOP pay Mommy's" article out of it.


Here's the real deal - Republican women will vote Republican. Democrat women will likely vote Democrat. The rest will probably wonder if it's a good idea to give Obama another 4 years. It's risky you know!

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