Often we conservatives are obliged to endure the leftward slide of American culture with no choice but to rail and fume. But sometimes, we see the culture correct in our direction.
We saw it when liberals changed their approach to America’s troops after Vietnam. No longer do they condemn the troops as “war criminals” and monsters as they did during Vietnam (led, incidentally, by John F. Kerry). Now, however much they despise American exertions of power globally, they are careful to praise the soldiers for their service.
Today, when a minor Democratic operative sneered that Ann Romney “hadn’t worked a day in her life,” the entire Obama administration assembled itself into ranks to apologize. Interesting.
Part of this is obvious: The Obama administration has concluded that it needs a disproportionate share of the women’s vote to win in November and it cannot afford to alienate any segment, including stay-at-home moms. But it’s also evidence that the Left recognizes its mistake in disdaining women who choose to raise their kids as a full-time occupation.
President Obama said that he and Michelle could not afford “the luxury” of having her stay home with the kids on their joint salary. But the Obamas were together earning close to half a million dollars annually when the girls were young. That’s well above the $250,000 mark that Obama has elsewhere defined as a “millionaire” who needs to have his taxes increased.