This shouldn’t surprise anyone but I would be remiss if I didn’t point it out.
A little while ago there was a “she said, she said” kerfuffle between democratic strategist Hilary Rosen and the very very VERY wealthy Ann Romney.
In response to Mitt’s comments about his wife being a better person than him to answer questions about women’s financial struggles Rosen said:
“Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing.”
Then Ann Romney opened a twitter account and twitted:
“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”
Then the media, Fox News in particular and various conservatives had a FIELD DAY. See Monday’s “The Daily Show” for a brief and of course comical breakdown.
As mentioned by NYTimes Columnist Maureen Dowd, Ann showed up on Fox News and elaborated on her story:
“She should have come to my house when those five boys were causing so much trouble,” Ann said. She [Ann] alluded to her brave battles against breast cancer and multiple sclerosis: “Look, I know what it’s like to struggle.”
Well it turns out Mrs. Ann Romney was not so much upset by the remark as she was “tickled” by the opportunity it gave her to indulge in some righteous indignation. Dowd writes:
“…at a fund-raiser at a private home in Palm Beach, Fla., on Sunday, the night before her 63rd birthday, Ann made it clear that she wasn’t really aggrieved. She was feigning aggrievement to milk the moment.
“It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and that was really a defining moment, and I loved it,” a gleeful Ann told the backyard full of Florida fat cats, sounding “like a political tactician,” as Garrett Haake, the NBC reporter on the scene, put it.
It’s important when you act the martyr not to overplay your hand. If you admit out loud to a bunch of people — including Haake, who was on the sidewalk enterprisingly eavesdropping — that you’re just pretending to be offended, you risk looking phony, like your husband.” (NYTimes)
Oh and speaking of that guy, her husband, Mr. Phony Mitt Phony, he had this to say in JANUARY when he discussed why he changed the welfare rules in Massachusetts:
“I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, well, that’s heartless. And I said, no, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It will cost the state more providing that day care, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.”
Guess Ann missed out on the dignity of working outside the home. Poor Ann.
I’ll concede this much, in this political climate, Rosen’s statement, as it stands, was probably not the best choice of words AND I will further concede that working inside the home, raising children and running a household is indeed work AND I will also add that Ann Romney is a human being so I’m sure she’s experienced troubles and yet…
How much MORE MANAGEABLE is the running of that household when you have a full time staff that assists you in the running of said household?
We’re supposed to believe you changed every single diaper for FIVE boys? And cleaned the mansion(s)? And washed all the dishes? And did all the laundry? And did all the cooking?? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
And how fortunate for you, Ms. Romney, that you were able to (a) discover that horseback riding was very helpful in managing your multiple sclerosis (b) AFFORD to purchase said horses/stable/groomers/hay/riding gear/saddle to then go horseback riding whenever you felt the urge and (c) leave your children with said household staff while you went horseback riding.
Maaaaan, your gig is sweeeet. That’s the kind of stay at home mom I want to be.
All jokes aside, I don’t care that you and your husband are tremendously wealthy, what I find absolutely aggravating and downright appalling is that neither of you seem to have a clue that THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DO NOT LIVE THAT WAY.
Your “choice” to remain at home and raise your sons is great. Your ability to hire staff to assist you with the running of your household and the raising of your children is wonderful but you attempting to play the victim card is bullshit and you know it.
Can you and your husband spend some of your money and BUY A CLUE?