Drafted into the Mommy Wars
Oops! Just as President
Team Obama rushed out like a bucket brigade to put out the fires after an on-air gaffe by
Rosen apparently forgot that a more correct description, politically and factually, for the stay-at-home mother of five children would be "worked outside of her home."
As the backlash hit the fan, Rosen apologized profusely in print and on
Indeed. For supporters of Romney, suffering a double-digit deficit with women in the latest polls, Rosen's comment was low-hanging fruit -- which Team Obama counterattacked like locusts.
Yet Democrats suddenly found themselves on the defensive on a topic they have owned for weeks as they attacked a Republican "war against women." Republicans now came back, charging a war by Obama against moms.
Rosen is not an adviser to President Obama, his campaign or the
Romney surrogates and other supporters used Rosen's remark as evidence that Obama doesn't understand women or value mothers.
Nevertheless, Romney's supporters were eager to tie Rosen to Obama, whose people were just as eager to pretend they never heard of Rosen. Obama's top advisors immediately condemned her remarks as "offensive and inappropriate."
Rosen's one-liner, by contrast, pinched the same mommy-war nerve that
It is always hazardous to talk about an opponent's relatives, Rosen surely knows, unless the opponent has made them an issue. Romney did that when he began to refer to his wife, whose ease with crowds makes up for many of her husband's weaknesses, as his advisor on women's concerns.
Rosen's point, which she unfortunately stepped on, was a valid one to make.
The issues of women's health, equal pay, education, day care and other concerns that have won favorable support for Democrats call for a better connection by
Most American women don't have the choices that
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