The media’s unhealthy obsession of ascribing “war” to every instance of manufactured outrage can really lead one to believe that the wars being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq (are we still there?) aren’t dangerous life and death gun battles, but rather quibbling over manufactured indigence. The War on Mommies is no different.
The War on Mommies (sounds like an epic CGI film about Mother’s Day) all began after Democratic Strategist Hillary Rosen said Anne Romney “never actually worked a day in her life,” which was said to illustrate Anne was very financially privileged, unlike millions of other mothers who are forced to raise their kids and work (don’t tell Fox News that). The technology used to make Mitt Romney 2.0 obviously has some flaws, as it failed to erase some contradictory comments the flip-flopping robot made regarding mothers of privileged versus mothers of modest or meager economic backgrounds. This seemingly hyper-partisan non-issue reached a boiling point after MSNBC’s Chris Hayes unearthed a video of the surefire Republican candidate saying in January that he wanted to require women who receive welfare to get a job — even if they have toddlers in the home — so they’ll know the “dignity of work.”
Perhaps looking for a cease-fire in the War on Moms, Anne Romney discussed the issue at one point during her joint ABC Nightline interview with Diane Sawyer.
At one point in the interview, Anne Romney appeared eager to overcompensate for her complete and utter lack of having to face financial uncertainty whilst being a stay-at-home mom, stating hardships of her own. Perhaps she’s referring to that one time when she could only drive the kids to soccer practice in just one Cadillac.
DIANE SAWYER: The last few days have catapulted you right into the center of the spotlight. Do you think President and Mrs. Obama are biased against mothers who work at home?
ANN ROMNEY: You know, I– I don’t. I think there was a comment that was made– and it was– an unfortunate comment and I believe– a lot of women are responding to that because it was an unfortunate comment.
DIANE SAWYER: We heard that MSNBC apparently taped last night at a fundraiser that– and you said it was a birthday gift to you to criticize you as a mom?
ANN ROMNEY: That wasn’t how I meant it. It was a birthday gift to me because I love the fact that we’re talking about this. Because I have been on the trail with Mitt for a long time, nearly a year. We’ve been to 35 states and the thing that happens, Mitt goes in the– on the rope line and he gets mobbed. And then I go to the other side of the rope line and I go and talk to people. And I’m– there’s so many women that are there and I’m like, “Why are you guys here? What is– what’s motivating you? What are you talking about? What are you thinking? What are you feeling?” And it’s really interesting the response I get. Number one which is so fabulous for me and it’s so endearing to me is they say they praying for me which is so touching to me, it nearly makes me cry. The other thing they say is I am so worried about the deficit spending and the economy and my husband’s job, my job, my child’s job. That’s all they’re talking about. And I have been hearing this now for a year. And I’ve been– after all of this and all this time when everyone else is talking about everything else. And I’m like, “Wait a minute, I know what’s going on. I know what’s happening. I know what people care about. I know what women are talking about.”
And I love the fact that women are talking about deficit spending and the economy, I love that. And for her to make a comment that because I am a stay-at-home mom I don’t know anything about the economy, that’s where I think it was an unfortunate– an unfortunate–
DIANE SAWYER: But she of course said what she meant was the that the circumstances in which you were able to stay at home were a lot different from–
ANN ROMNEY: Of course they are–
DIANE SAWYER: –from many–
ANN ROMNEY: –and you know– and I will say for me financial security has not been a huge issue. But that does not mean I’m not compassionate. It does not mean that I have not had different challenges. Everyone in life has their challenges, mine have not been financial. I’m grateful for Mitt for that and grateful for the blessings that that’s brought in my life.
But I’ve also had very serious challenges in my life. And for me you can’t go through life without being scarred and we’re all scarred. And I have been given that in my life and for me, I–take it as a place where I can understand people that are suffering, understand people that are going through difficulties. You don’t have to go through everyone’s specific difficulty to understand that people are having trouble. And I– and I have a different perspective on that from the struggles I’ve gone through. (Source: Yahoo News)
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