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.