Hilary Rosen Doubles Down and then Apologizes (Not Really)

by Greg Pollowitz

Rosen wrote last night at the Huffington Post:

Now let’s be clear on one thing. I have no judgements about women who work outside the home vs. women who work in the home raising a family. I admire women who can stay home and raise their kids full-time. I even envy them sometimes. It is a wonderful luxury to have the choice. But let’s stipulate that it is NOT a choice that most women have in America today.

Why does this even matter? It matters purely because Mitt Romney put the issue of his wife’s views squarely on the table.

As Ruth Marcus noted in her column yesterday in the Washington Post, Romney, when asked last week about the gender gap, twice said he wished his wife could take the question.

“My wife has the occasion, as you know, to campaign on her own and also with me,” Romney told newspaper editors, “and she reports to me regularly that the issue women care about most is the economy.”

So it begs the question, is Ann Romney Mitt’s touchstone for women who are struggling economically or not? Nothing in Ann Romney’s history as we have heard it — hardworking mom she may have been — leads me to believe that Mitt has chosen the right expert to get feedback on this problem he professes to be so concerned about.

So, Ann campaigns. Ann talks to women of all stripes. And then Ann tells Mitt what these women have told her. Rosen has a problem with this why? Just because Ann was a rich stay-at-home mom, she’s not allowed to convey the concerns from voters to her husband?

Anyway, Rosen was “standing her ground” on her stupidity, but the list of those who had an issue with her comments continued to grow:

President Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina:

I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.

David Axelrod:

Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.

And Howard Fineman with an explanation for the quick reaction from Team Obama:

Fact that Axelrod repudiated Hilary Rosen CNN attack on Ann Romney says it all: HR is not an Obama advisor but is biz partner of one.

(See Jim G. and the 35 times a “Hilary Rosen” visited the White House.)

And finally, Michelle Obama weighed in:

Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected. –mo

Which brings us to Rosen’s (non-apology) apology today:

“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. 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 lack of a record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues. 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.”

Poorly chosen words last night which she then reiterated over and over and over again?

Sorry, Hilary. The damage is done and Obama’s #waronmoms is on.

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