Democratic strategist and CNN political analyst Hilary Rosen apologized Thursday to Ann Romney, mother of five, for her comment that she "never worked a day in her life," adding "let's put the faux 'war against stay at home moms' to rest."
Rosen made her apology as her remark--made first on CNN Wednesday night--dominated much of the political news cycle on Thursday as the womens vote may be key to President Barack Obama's re-election in November. My post on Ann Romney, Rosen and First Lady Michelle Obama helping with damage control is HERE.
"Let's put the faux 'war against stay at home moms' to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen," said Rosen in a statement.
"In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women's financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues: http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/12/opinion/ann-romney-hilary-rosen/index.html?hpt=hp_c1
"As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance."
Rosen is a managing director of SKD Knickerbocker.
FOX News anchor Greta Van Sustern, a friend of Rosen, provides the best context of what this spawned-in-a day controversy is about. Van Sustern has a unique perch--she knows newsmakers such as Sarah Palin-- and does not care if people she likes are left or right.
Wrote Van Susteren on her blog, Gretawire, "I did not read Hilary's comments to in anyway take away from the hard chore of raising children or staying at home and raising them and not working outside the family. I read it to mean that raising children without financial pressure is easier than having financial pressure."
Van Sustern's complete take: "I also speak up - even at risk of getting trashed, too - if I think someone is being misunderstood or mischaracterized. It doesn't matter to me if the person is all the way to the left or all the way to the right. My close proximity to many of the news makers (knowing them) can give me a different perspective about people in politics and what they might say than others who don't know them.
"Now having written the foregoing, I know that what Hilary said is now being weaponized by her political opponents. That IS part of Washington. Everything you say can become a WMD. Both parties do it to each other. It can be wicked.
"In making that remark about Mrs. Romney and her choice to raise a family and not work outside the home simultaneously, I know Hilary knows raising children is hard work, really hard work...the absolute hardest work. Hilary has children. That is the best way to know the challenge of raising children - have them! Hilary is not anti-stay-at-home mom.
"I did not read Hilary's comments to in anyway take away from the hard chore of raising children or staying at home and raising them and not working outside the family. I read it to mean that raising children without financial pressure is easier than having financial pressure. This is not to take away from Mrs. Romney - she has done an absolutely spectacular job raising 5 great sons - but to face the reality that financial pressure does make it harder to raise a family. This is also not to say that the Romney family success is anything to be ashamed of...the family should be very proud of its success. I admire success, don't you?"