Another woman named Hilary has re-ignited the culture war over stay-at-home moms.
Hilary Rosen, managing director at the firm co-founded by President Obama’s former Communications Director, said Mitt Romney’s wife has “never worked a day in her life.”
Since Ann Romney has raised five kids, mothers all over are, shall we say, a little offended.
Flashback – March 1992: Hillary Clinton, when asked about her role in her husband’s campaign, snapped at reporters, “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.”
At first, Rosen didn’t back off her statement but later apologized because the Obama political team went ballistic over her remark. “Inappropriate and offensive,” said Obama strategist David Axelrod.
The truth is there are women in the Democrat establishment who look down on stay-at-home moms. They feel women in traditional roles haven’t carried the fight for women’s rights the same way they have. The heavy lifting has been left to them.
The resentment is misplaced. What women have always wanted was the choice to decide for themselves what “work” they wanted to pursue. And, let’s be clear, parenting is work. How many union contracts have you seen would require cleaning poop out of a diaper at 4 am?
The Obama team is furious at Rosen because it has enjoyed a huge gender gap over Romney with women. Women have had a hard time warming up to him. Now, the conversation has changed. One of the first rules of politics: if you are losing an issue, change the subject.
Ms. Rosen has done that for them.
The writer is a communication crisis expert, political consultant and former elected official.