Friday, April 13, 2012

Dear Hilary Rosen: Do not apologize

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen has come under fire from the usual suspects for saying that Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. 

Do I need to point out how stupid the outrage is? Yes, I do.

Raising five children at home is a big deal. I doubt anyone disagrees with that. And I doubt anyone thinks that raising children isn’t a tiring, thankless and busy undertaking. Rosen included.

But there is a CONSIDERABLE difference between raising children (one, let alone five) with no need to work and having to do the same thing with a job on top, like most parents do these days.

And by "work," I mean earn an income. Apparently we have to make that distinction now. 

A lot of things that don’t generate income are labor-intensive. Raising a child. Volunteering. Even writing. But these are all productive pursuits to varying degrees. Stay-at-home moms (or dads) don't deserve scorn, but neither do parents who must work.

Rosen isn’t criticizing Romney for anything other than not knowing what it’s like to live in a state of financial uncertainty. The Romneys are (and should be) hammered repeatedly not for their wealth, but for their utter disconnect with the working class.

Make no mistake — this is entirely political. It’s a party, rightfully attacked for its retrograde anti-women stance, desperately lashing back on any straw it can grasp. If the Democrats ran a onetime stay-at-home mom, the GOP would find that at least as HILARIOUS as Barack Obama being a community organizer. They’d rip that woman for having no credentials for being a leader, wondering why she didn’t start a business like all decent people instead of mooching off other people’s money.

Rosen shouldn’t even apologize; it implies that she’s wrong. She isn’t. Saying the Romneys are economically out of touch barely counts as insight. Criticize her for that.

1 comment:

GDad said...

And then the Catholic League gets into the mix by telling Hilary Rosen that she's somehow inferior for having adopted children instead of giving birth to them, like Ann Romney.