Imagine for a moment if every single stupid word uttered by a person who voted Republican was directly attributed to Mitt Romney. Imagine if I made the case that Romney had a criminal past, simply because Romney supporter, Darrell Issa has a criminal past. Imagine if Romney himself was blamed for putting the words “slut” and “prostitute” in Rush Limbaugh’s mouth when talking about Sandra Fluke. I would rightfully be raked over the coals for those accusations (despite the fact that Romney had little to say on Limbaugh’s words). Imagine if we accused Romney of saying that poor single mothers should have to work. Oh, wait. However, the conservative media, with little push-back, has dedicated the majority of the last several days to saying that lobbyist Hilary Rosen is a direct mouthpiece for the true thoughts of President Obama, simply because she’s a Democrat. Perhaps the most ridiculous of such accusations came from Fox News’ contributor, Sandy Rios, who said that Obama had “disdain” for women because of his “Marxist” father and “communist” mentor.
The “journalistic” jump from Hilary Rosen to Barack Obama astounds me. Rosen has absolutely zero connection to the Obama administration. She is a Democrat, but she’s also a corporate lobbyist. She’s most famous for being a CNN contributor. Calling her a spokesperson for the administration or even a “Democratic strategist” is like saying the same of me. The only thing that I feel comfortable saying for the President is that I do not speak for the President.
But what was it that Hilary Rosen said that made Republicans accuse the President of having “disdain” for women? She said that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.” Technically she was correct in that Ann Romney has never had a job outside the home, but as every Democrat, including the President, has since acknowledged, raising five boys is work. What Rosen should have said is that Romney has never HAD to work outside the home. She had choices that the majority of American women don’t.
The President defended Ann Romney and rejected Rosen’s comments, but why let facts get in the way of using the “c” word (communism)? From Raw Story:
“His father was a Marxist, his mentor was Marxist,” Rios explained. “The Marxist theory on women is that they should work just like men. There’s a total dripping disdain for women who stay at home and take care of their children. … This is not an accident. This is what they believe. They hold people like Ann Romney and others of us that have stayed home with our children in complete disregard and disdain.”
“That is not what Barack Obama believes,” Democratic Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers disagreed. “You don’t know what you are talking about. You’re making up stuff.”
“Frank Marshall Davis was a communist, that was his mentor,” Rios replied. “His father was a Marxist.”
Here’s the video:
Ironically, Rios’ words only seem to illustrate exactly how disconnected she is from the stories of many women in the United States and of the children they bear. Barack Obama was raised by a single mother. He lives in a household full of women. His adoration for his wife Michelle and his daughters is obvious to anyone who cares to look.
Obama grew up without a father. To hold the President responsible for his father’s views is like holding any of us responsible for the views of our crazy uncles. Yeah, he expressed some interest in socialism in college, but who didn’t? Personally, I wish our government would bring on a little more socialism, but I digress. The President has shown no propensity to plunge us into Soviet statehood. Rios and every other Republican who is trying to make the Obama hates mother correlation is desperately searching for dog whistles. That being said, I will continue to hold Romney responsible for anti-woman Republican policies that he supports, but I won’t hold him responsible for the stupid words of Sandy Rios.