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Some of Obama’s Allies Might Get Awfully Inconvenient Soon



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From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:

Hilary Rosen, Bill Maher . . . Who’s Next?

I refer you to my Twitter feed, April 12, 5:45 p.m.:

“So, who’s going to go after Ann Romney next? Bill Maher? Ed Schultz? Rosie O’Donnell? Lawrence O’Donnell? Randi Rhodes? Alan Grayson?”

Then this weekend:

Former adviser to President Obama Melody Barnes said Sunday that talk show host Bill Maher’s comments about the Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney controversy were “problematic” for the administration.

“I listened to those comments, and my grandmother’s voice came in my head. I thought about the phrase, ‘Home training.’ You know, the language, the sentiment are problematic,” Barnes said.

Maher was discussing the controversy surrounding Democratic strategist Rosen’s remark last week that GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney’s wife has “never worked a day in her life” on his HBO show “Real Time” Friday night, describing the uproar as “stupid” and “non-consequential.”

“But what she meant to say, I think, was that Ann Romney has never gotten her ass out of the house to work,” he joked. “No one is denying that being a mother is a tough job, I remember that I was a handful. OK, but there is a big difference in being a mother, and that tough job, and getting your ass out of the door at 7 a.m. when it’s cold, having to deal with the boss, being in a workplace, where even if you’re unhappy you can’t show it for 8 hours.”

The commentator and comedian has been a public supporter of Obama, donating $1 million to the super-PAC supporting the president’s reelection. Republicans have slammed Maher for earlier comments and called on Obama to reject his political donation.

Barnes, former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, added that the president and the Obama campaign have said that civility “matters.”

” ‘The way we talk to each other matters.’ And they’re going to have to, as you said, make a decision,” she said.

The Romney campaign shouldn’t overplay this hand, or appear to revel in victimhood, but it is good that Barack Obama is finally being asked to hold his allies and fans accountable and to hold them to the higher tone he claims to desire in our politics. And it’s easy to imagine the Obama campaign getting regular headaches from their allies, a murderer’s row of folks who have found blurting out their first, nastiest reaction to be quite lucrative: Maher, Schultz, O’Donnell, O’Donnell, Rhodes, Grayson. Throw in Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Margaret Cho, David Schuster, and perhaps Chris Matthews’ mouth running away from him. I’d throw in Keith Olbermann, but no one knows where to watch him anymore.

If you’re pulling for Romney, you’ve got to be tempted to put the catnip out there. Ask these folks — and other big-time Obama donors — about Ann Romney. See if they can resist their instincts. (As the parable ends, “What did you expect, I’m a snake?”) Chances are, at least once a week, some liberal with more rage than sense will feel the compulsion that years of anti-Bush, anti-Palin, anti–Tea Party, and now anti-Romney fury fuels, and go on to attack charming nice Ann Romney.

And now, thanks to Rosen and Maher, the precedent is set; every time some liberal goes off and attacks Ann Romney, the Obama campaign will be obligated to issue a pro forma statement that such comments are inappropriate and declare the language problematic.

Heck, we might just end up with a new tone after all.

Dare we “hope” for a more civil tone in our politics after all?

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Time for Mitt to Pivot from Rosen’s Remarks to Obama’s Policies



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On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning, the table’s consensus was that the Hilary Rosen remarks broke through and defined the presidential race in a way few other issues had in recent weeks.

Permit a theory: Ninety-some percent of the mothers in this country feel under-appreciated and sense that someone, somewhere is judging that the choices they’ve made in their life are the wrong ones. They resent the heck out of that judgment, and they have finely tuned antennae for those subtle slights and comments. Even in the year 2012, mothers of every variety can feel this sense of judgment — sometimes explicit, sometimes implicit — from a wide variety of sources: their parents, neighbors, friends, siblings, the news media, sometimes their husbands, and sometimes their children themselves. Sometimes they hear the criticism directly and out loud; sometimes they merely feel the disapproving glances or awkward pauses in conversation when they say they stay at home, or that their children are in after-school care, etc.

Working mothers suspect that others believe that they’re neglecting their children, or putting their personal ambitions ahead of their children’s best interests. Stay-at-home moms suspect that women who work outside the home look down upon them, dismiss their choice as selling themselves short or throwing away their education and everything they put into their careers earlier in life. All of this subtle acrimony occurs in a culture and economy where few, if any, mothers think there are enough hours in the day to do everything they need — a sense that has only worsened since the economy tanked in late 2008.

Many Democrats are insisting Rosen only meant that Ann Romney had never worked outside the home “a day in her life” — not really accurate, considering Mrs. Romney’s work with charities — and that it was merely clumsy verbiage. But I suspect that many women heard a Freudian slip. (Note the incredulity in Rosen’s voice as she says: “Mitt Romney says, ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me what women really care about economic issues. When I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.’ Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life!” Rosen seemed flabbergasted that the candidate would have the audacity to cite his wife on this matter.) Of course Hilary Rosen would insist that she understands and sympathizes with the hard work of a stay-at-home mom; one of the reasons she left the Recording Industry Association of America was because she wished to spend more time with her children.

Democrats will insist that President Obama and their party’s image should not be tainted by the suggestion from Rosen that stay at home moms “don’t work.” But it’s likely that every stay-at-home mom heard Rosen’s words and recognized a familiar dismissive tone of arrogance and condescension. (If you think the reaction was overblown, imagine if a man had said a stay-at-home mom had “never worked a day in her life!”)

But there is an extraordinary opportunity here for Romney, if he can cite the insensitivity of Rosen’s remarks to show how the administration and its allies are insensitive to the consequences of their bad policy choices, choices that hurt mothers who work outside and within the home. The stance of Obama defender Rosen is that the administration’s policies are working just fine and just need, if anything, more time to succeed.

Mitt Romney, the allegedly out-of-touch rich guy, needs to emphasize that unlike the administration and its defenders, he understands that the stagnant economy of the past four years hurt millions of Americans who don’t show up in the unemployment statistics.

Moms are most of the ones driving the minivans and doing without when gas passes $4/gallon. Moms notice the surging food prices:

Ground beef up 6.8 percent month over month, and 11.1 pct year over year. Butter, up 3.2 percent monthly and a stunning 27 percent over the past year. Coffee, up 6.5 percent and 16 percent. Potatoes, up 3.6 percent and 7.1 percent. Lettuce actually fell 5 percent monthly after a spike higher in December, but is up 5 percent over the past year. Bread up 1 percent and 3 percent.

What’s more, mothers notice that the stress of daily life has only increased in recent years. American families don’t just face monetary pressures from this lousy economy; they face time pressures. In a lousy economy, workers hesitate to ask for fewer hours or a more flexible schedule. There are fewer opportunities to find another job that will offer better work-life balance. A housing market that has remained stagnant at best leaves American families stuck in houses they can’t afford to sell.

The whole point of the Rosen attack was to suggest the Romneys are out of touch with the economic woes of the average American. But Rosen is asking Americans to to respond to those economic woes by endorsing the status quo. That’s an easy slam dunk for the Romneys.

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Who Is Hilary Rosen? Crass? Gilded? Stern?



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Who is Hilary Rosen?

She’s a veteran Democratic consultant and CNN pundit, now notorious for a slam of Ann Romney that was deemed out of bounds by Obama strategist David Axelrod, campaign manager Jim Messina, first lady Michelle Obama, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and finally, President Obama himself.

But a look at Rosen’s career reveals a fascinating figure gliding comfortably from representing some of the world’s most powerful and vilified corporations to the highest levels of Democratic-party politics.

Rosen first came to fame — and a significant amount of infamy — from her time heading up the Recording Industry Association of America. She worked for the RIAA from 1987 to 2003, and was the face of the organization when it sought to crack down on music-downloading sites like Napster.

An extensive and fairly balanced profile by Matt Bai in Wired magazine laid out how Rosen’s anti-swapping crusade at RIAA turned her into a much-derided symbol of powerful corporate interests to many young people who loved their free downloads:

Reviled by college kids, music fans, and more than a few recording artists for the RIAA’s role in forcing the shutdown of Napster, Rosen is seen as the embodiment of a venal corporate culture hurtling toward obsolescence. It seems she’ll stop at nothing to frighten those who share music online instead of buying it in a store — hacking into networks, threatening universities and businesses, sending out subpoenas to unmask music-swappers. Some Hilary haters have protested her speeches and urged others to mail her excrement. On a scale of odiousness, devotees of the Web site Whatsbetter?com rated Rosen just below Illinois Nazis but better than Michael Bolton (and way above pedophile priests). On the more serious side, death threats once prompted Rosen to travel with security. “People take their free music seriously,” Rosen says wryly . . .

Rosen’s public persona was defined during the 18-month court battle over Napster, when she was constantly popping up in front of microphones and cameras announcing some new way to put the file-swapping site out of business. Publicly, she emerged as a stern voice for the industry. Behind the scenes, by pulling together the labels, ginning up lawsuits, and preaching her case all over the world, Rosen single-handedly marshaled the forces necessary to push back the power of the digital age. At least temporarily.

. . . The victory came at a steep personal cost. As industry figures urged her on from the sidelines, Rosen withstood a level of vitriol that stunned friends. In Washington, it was understood that she was a paid lobbyist. Online, she might as well have been the Unabomber in a pantsuit. One Web magazine likened Rosen to the Antichrist and named her Beast of the Month.

Ironically, Rosen was standing up for corporations’ private-property rights, leaving her making philosophical arguments more associated with the Right today:  “People took their free music really seriously. It was amazing how strongly people felt about their principled right to someone else’s property,” she told USA Today in 2001. (The issue of illegal music downloading largely dissipated with the rise of iTunes, which charged 99 cents for most songs, a price and simplicity consumers found attractive.)

Some sections of of Bai’s profile appear to foreshadow how an aggressive, no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners approach could bring Rosen trouble someday:

“She can punch you in the face, and you’re still smiling after she does it,” says John Podesta, who dealt with her on copyright issues when he was Bill Clinton’s chief of staff. Most lobbyists make their living nurturing goodwill among lawmakers, with the understanding that they’re saying what they have to on behalf of their clients. Rosen protects her industry with a tenaciousness that can seem personal, giving no ground.

The Federal Trade Commission, for example, has issued several reports criticizing labels for being less cooperative about rating products for children than the film or videogame businesses, and frustrated members of Congress have hammered Rosen on the issue, to no avail. “When she gets her back up against the wall or feels like you’re threatening their bottom line, she can be very tough and aggressive, bordering on hostile,” an aide on the Hill says.

Of course, heaps of public abuse can take a toll on anyone, and in 2003, she resigned from RIAA, saying she . . . wanted to spend more time with her children. It is a noble motive, undoubtedly, but one that looks a little ironic in light of her suggestion that Ann Romney’s decision to make the same choice represents “not working a day in her life.”

But there was a time when Rosen seemed to think raising five children was an ideal trait in a political leader. Describing the benefits of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House before the 2006 midterms, Rosen wrote, “She jokes about the skills learned herding her family of five kids and an independent minded husband.”

Rosen most recently ran into controversy in 2010 when she began consulting for BP on messaging and communications after the Deepwater Horizon disaster caused enormous amounts of oil to leak into the Gulf of Mexico. Two years earlier, Rosen had become Washington editor-at-large of the Huffington Post, and that website’s coverage of the Gulf disaster was consistently scathing of the oil company. The Post’s eponymous founder, Arianna Huffington, called Rosen’s departure a “mutual decision.”

Rosen’s work for BP while working as a regular commentator under contract to CNN ruffled some feathers within the news network, with some staffers complaining to other media that Rosen’s multiple consulting clients offered numerous possibilities for conflicts of interest:

One Washington CNN source says the statement’s careful wording makes CNN “sound like a political campaign under fire, instead of a news organization,” adding, “The fact that Huffington Post has a higher ethics standard than CNN is itself stunning.”

The source also points out that special-interest consultants don’t necessarily need to discuss client-related issues on-air to put CNN in ethical quicksand. “When Hilary Rosen,” who gets a lot of face time as an expert on gay issues, “is on the air defending Obama for dragging his feet on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the back story is that she’s got a lot of business in front of the White House,” the source says. “The question is: Is she saying what she’s saying to curry favor?”

The Washington CNN source says “a lot of the network’s producers are upset over this,” and that CNN political director Sam Feist and Lucy Spiegel, executive director in charge of D.C.-based contributors and analysts, are under scrutiny and “pointing fingers at each other.”

As a communications consultant, Rosen has proven a regular presence at the White House in Obama’s presidency. Official records indicate she visited the White House at least 35 times (more frequently than the secretaries of energy, veterans’ affairs, and defense and the CIA directors), including five meetings with the president. The AP reported that her meetings were primarily about promoting Obama’s health-care-reform plan, suggesting that she can take a share of the credit for the popularity and public trust that the Obamacare law enjoys today.

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Rosen: Only Republicans Spread the ‘War on Women’ Term



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Over in the Corner, Jonah noted that Hilary Rosen also said last night,

Can we just get rid of this word, “war on women”? The Obama campaign does not use it, President Obama does not use it — this is something that the Republicans are accusing people of using, but they’re actually the ones spreading it.

Jonah expressed disbelief that she could offer such an implausible argument, pointing to fundraising e-mails from Nancy Pelosi, James Carville, and Donna Brazile using the phrase.

Heck, check the Congressional Record, as one of my readers did:

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA
March 8, 2012
“I’m here, once again, to stand against the ongoing War on Women . . .”

Rep. Gary Peters, D-MI
February 28, 2012
“To my Republican colleagues, shame on you for waging your hypocritical war on women . . .”

Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-TX
March 21, 2012
“Despite these accomplishments in women’s  health, the war on women continues in Texas . . .”

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA
March 10, 2011
“Declaring a war on women by eliminating family planning services and punishing the one in five women across America who visit a Planned Parenthood clinic?”

Rep Barbara Lee, D-CA
May 3, 2011
“Instead of another very cynical attempt to repeal health reform and perpetrate their war on women . . .”

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-NY
March 21, 2012
“I’m standing here today, equally proud to defend that law from the ongoing war on women . . .”

Rep. Gary Peters, D-MI
March 29, 2012
“Planned Parenthood, in particular, has been unfairly targeted in this war on women . . .”

Rep. Steve Israel, D-NY
March 26, 2012
“I will continue to urge my Republican colleagues to stop their war on women and seniors . . .”

Rep. Laura Richardson, D-CA
March 21, 2012
“. . . the GOP’s war on women stands in stark contrast to the Administration’s goal of ensuring that women have access to the healthcare services they need to remain healthy.”

Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
April 14, 2011
“One would restrict funds going to Planned Parenthood — women’s health care issues — which I call the war  on women . . .”

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY
February 17, 2012
“and now they are making a war on the majority of America, women . . .”

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-NJ
March 21, 2012
“But beyond that, over the last year or so, we’ve seen the Republicans essentially declare war on women . . .”

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA
March 03, 2011
“In closing, we have to stop this war against women and against children . . .”

But remember, people. Hilary Rosen is a communications professional. She knows what she’s doing!

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Rosen: Five Meetings with Obama in the White House



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Earlier this morning, I noted how frequently Hilary “Ann Romney never worked a day in her life” Rosen visited the White House, and how that total compared to some members of the Obama cabinet: four times as often as CIA director/Afghanistan commander David Petraeus, three times as often as Defense Secretary/CIA director Leon Panetta, twice as often as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki or Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, and slightly less often than Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

The great Michelle Malkin lays out the scheduling details of those meetings:

3/11/09 Meeting with White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett.

3/13/09 Meeting with David Axelrod.

3/30/09 Meeting with top Big Labor operative and political director Patrick Gaspard.

9/21/09 Meeting w/Natalie Bookey, East Wing aide, and unidentified visitee.

10/8/09 Meeting with WH senior press lead, Jesse Lewin.

10/13/09 Meeting with POTUS — President Barack Obama.

10/22/09 Meeting with Anita Dunn, former WH communications director.

10/28/09 Meeting with POTUS in the East Room.

11/25/09 Unidentified East Wing (First Lady Michelle Obama’s office) meeting.

1/26/10 Rosen visited Dagoberta Vega, White House broadcasting media official and director of surrogate booking.

2/1/10 Rosen visited top White House official Jim Messina, now Obama’s 2012 campaign manager.

2/24/10 Rosen visited White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett.

3/24/10 Rosen visited White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett.

7/7/10 Meeting w/Jocelyn Frye, East Wing aide.

12/10/10 Rosen visited Ellie Schafer, White House Visitors Office director, in the East Wing.

12/10/10 Meeting with POTUS.

9/8/11 Meeting with Kristina Schake, East Wing aide.

12/7/11 Meeting w/POTUS and Marie Aberger, White House press assistant.

12/7/11 Meeting with Ellie Schafer, White House Visitors Office director.

1/6/11 Meeting w/Dagoberta Vega, White House broadcasting media official and director of surrogate booking.

1/21/11 Meeting w/Meredith Carden, an aide to First Lady Michelle Obama, Old Executive Office Building.

1/24/11 Meeting w/Samuel Wilson, deputy director of broadcast media for the White House office of communications.

1/28/11 Meeting w/Jason Dempsey, White House fellow.

2/2/11 Meeting w/Obama bundler and top aide to both POTUS and FLOTUS, Tina Tchen.

2/24/11 Meeting w/POTUS.

2/24/11 Meeting at WH Visitors Office.

2/14/11 Meeting w/Samuel Wilson, deputy director of broadcast media for the White House office of communications.

3/19/11 Meeting w/Alexander Lasry, strategic engagement aide.

3/18/11 Two meetings listed with Jeremy Bernard, White House social secretary.

6/15/11 Meeting w/Dag Vega, WH surrogate booking director.

8/5/11 Meeting w/Ellie Schafer, WH Visitors Office director.

Plus: 12/15/09 – 12/15/10 – 12/15/11 — Incomplete entries, no visitee identified.

So . . . five meetings with President Obama, as well as meetings with just about every key figure in the communications office.

So while Rosen may not be “directly attached” to the Obama campaign, she is exceptionally well connected to the administration and the Obama campaign’s top management.

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Hilary Rosen, Frequent White House Visitor



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A Democratic consultant with ties to the Obama administration sneering that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life” is an opportunity for the Romney campaign, but a small problem in the big picture. In the big picture, women who are unable to find work in Obama’s economy are a bigger one.

Having said that, White House visitor logs indicate that “Hilary Rosen” visited the White House 35 times.

Gen. David Petraeus, head of our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the current CIA director, nine times.

Further perspective: Energy Secretary Stephen/Steve Chu visited 16 times. (Guests are listed by name, not by title, so it is theoretically possible these totals count a separate person with the same name. In the case of Chu, I’m presuming he is the one listing of “Steve Chu” as well as the 15 “Stephen Chu” listings.)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has visited 19 times.

Former CIA director and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, 12 times.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the name “Joseph R. Biden” appears . . . 6 times.

At least Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner managed to get into the White House more frequently than Rosen, but not by much. He has visited 40 times.

So the notion that Rosen is just some Democrat talking head, completely disconnected from the Obama administration and campaign is . . . not plausible.

UPDATE: Arriving in my e-mailbox this morning:

ROSEN & SKDKNICKERBOCKER CONNECTIONS TO OBAMA/DNC

Hilary Rosen Is A Frequent Visitor To The Obama White House And Advised The White House On Messaging During The Obamacare Debates:

Hilary Rosen Visited The Obama White House At Least 35 Times. (White House Website, www.whitehouse.gov, Accessed 4/11/12)

Rosen Advised The Obama White House On Messaging During The Obamacare Debates. “Demonstrating the political element of the health care debate, the records show that senior adviser Axelrod held what was described as a ‘communications message meeting’ on March 13 with 18 people, including prominent Democratic strategists Brad Woodhouse, the party’s communications director, and his predecessor Karen Finney; Steve McMahon, a campaign veteran and media strategist; Hilary Rosen, the former top lobbyist for the music industry; Jennifer Palmieri of the liberal Center for American Progress, John Edwards’ former press secretary and a veteran of the Clinton White House; Maria Cardona, a specialist in Hispanic outreach at the Dewey Square Group; and Simon Rosenberg a founder of the centrist New Democrat Network.” (“Records Show White House Health Care Talks,” The Associated Press, 11/25/09)

The Obama Campaign Enlisted Rosen’s Help As A Political And Media Advisor To The DNC:

The Obama Campaign Enlisted Hilary Rosen As An Advisor To DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Obama advisers have occasionally told her to ‘tone it down’ and ‘back off a smidgen,’ Ms. Wasserman Schultz says. She agreed with them to enlist two seasoned Democratic female pros, Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen, to begin giving her occasional political advice and media training, advisers say.”(Monica Langley, “Combative Top Democrat Gains Clout In Campaign,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/16/12)

Rosen’s Firm, SKDKnickerbocker, Is A Paid Advisor To The DNC And Played A Prominent Role In The Obama White House & 2008 Campaign:

Since 2010, Hilary Rosen Has Served As Managing Director Of SKDKnickerbocker. “Hilary B. Rosen is a well-known Washington, DC strategist who effectively navigates the intersection of communications, media, and politics. Rosen joined SKDKnickerbocker in 2010 and specializes in the firm’s strategic communications and public relations practice.” (SKDKnickerbocker Website, www.skdknick.com, Accessed 4/12/12)

Former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn Also Serves As A Managing Director At SKDKnickerbocker. “Since returning to SKDKnickerbocker after serving as White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama, Anita has developed SKDK’s public relations and strategic communications practice.” (SKDKnickerbocker Website,www.skdknick.com, Accessed 4/12/12)

During The 2012 Election Cycle, SKDKnickerbocker Has Been Paid At Least $120,864 By The DNC For Media Consulting, Communications Consulting, And Media Production. (CQ MoneyLine Website, politicalmoneyline.cq.com, Accessed 4/12/12)

SKDKnickerbocker’s Website Includes A Section Highlighting Their “Broad Role” In The Obama 2008 Campaign. (SKDKnickerbocker Website, www.skdknick.com, Accessed 4/12/12)

Tags: Barack Obama , Hilary Rosen

Thank Hilary Rosen for This Early Morning Jolt Preview!



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Sometimes, the Morning Jolt is just too good to make you wait until the actual morning:

Obama’s Allies Let Out What They Really Think of Ann Romney

What?

What?

So apparently on CNN Wednesday evening, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen felt the best way to help her preferred candidate, Barack Obama, was to go after Ann Romney, Mitt’s wife.

ANDERSON COOPER: To the Romney campaign’s point, they say they’re focusing on the economy, and that’s what women say they overwhelmingly care about right now in poll after poll. And whether it’s a typical pattern or not, women are seeing jobs come back much more slowly than men are. Is there anything really wrong then, on reaching out to women on an issue that they care about, on the economy?

HILARY ROSEN: Well, first, can we just get rid of this word, “war on women”? The Obama campaign does not use it, President Obama does not use it — this is something that the Republicans are accusing people of using, but they’re actually the ones spreading it. With respect to economic issues, I think actually that Mitt Romney’s right, that ultimately, women care more about the economic well-being of their families and the like. But he doesn’t connect on that issue either. What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, “Well, my wife tells me what women really care about are economic issues.” And, “When I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.” Guess what? His wife has never actually worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing — in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and how do — why we worry about their future.

Brittany Cohan: “Democrats are all about choice. Until you are a pro-life woman who stays at home and raises her kids. Then you’re wrong. Or something.”

Erick Erickson: “If raising 5 sons through breast cancer and MS isn’t a real job, I’m not sure what is.”

Our Charles Cooke observes, “An astonishing number of liberals on Twitter have feeds featuring both nonsensical ‘war on women’ claims and mean comments about Ann Romney.” He adds, “Actually, @hilaryr, if the federal government ran its budgets like most mothers do, we wouldn’t have a $900bn structural annual deficit.”

Dana Perino scoffs, “The problem with saying something explosive on a network no one watches is that everyone hears about it and few hear the hollow apology.”

Moe Lane notices, “Hey, do you know what Hilary Rosen considers real work? Pushing copy-protected CDs. That’s right: she was a RIAA lobbyist.”

Ryan Williams, Romney spokesman, notices a report from the Wall Street Journal from February 16: “Obama advisers have occasionally told [DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz] to ‘tone it down’ . . . She agreed with them to enlist . . . Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen.”

Chelsea Grunwald: “Question for Hillary Rosen, Michelle Obama is technically not employed right now, is her input on female economic issues invalid too?”

Drew M. asks, “Does she have to report her CNN appearance to the FCC as an in-kind contribution to the Romney campaign?”

How bad did it get?

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, 10:42 p.m. eastern time: “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, 10:48 p.m. eastern time: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”

Oh, by the way:

Hilary Rosen, the chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, will leave the organization at the end of 2003. Rosen had worked for the RIAA — the trade group that represents the sound recording creators, manufacturers and distributors — for seventeen years and served as the organization’s CEO since 1998 . . . In a statement, Rosen expressed a desire to spend more time with her children as a motivating factor in her decision to resign.

So, when Rosen did that . . . did she stop “really dealing with the economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing” as she believes Ann Romney did?

Do only working mothers have views on economic issues and economic pressures?

Tags: Barack Obama , David Axelrod , Hilary Rosen

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