It appears Hilary Rosen has apologized for her “poorly chosen words” directed toward Ann Romney, but the damage in the Twittersphere – and likely the damage to Hilary’s career – has been done. Making a mistake is expected, we all make doozies. But defending a very public mistake on Twitter, making it even MORE public, when you promote yourself as a “communications, media and political strategist” would have to be professionally destructive.
In case you don’t already know, here’s what she said:
“What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country, saying, ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that 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 actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of 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 why do we worry about their future.”
And here’s the video if you want to see the full quote in context:
One well-off woman calling another rich woman out of touch with most moms in the U.S. is ridiculous. They’re BOTH out of touch with “everymom,” actually.
Hilary Rosen does have supporters on Twitter as well, but there aren’t many – at least there aren’t many publicly supporting her at this point. Everyone can see the vultures circling. She has unwittingly done damage to “her side” while endearing women (from both sides) to Ann Romney. No wonder Michelle Obama sent out this tweet.
What Hilary didn’t realize for some reason is this: We’re ALL moms – and we’re very different from men, and that fact alone should transcend this artificial “difference” that you were trying to lay on us, Hilary. There is often guilt, resentment or misunderstanding from one side of the “Working” vs SAHM equation toward the other, and it goes both ways. Every woman knows it and the smart ones try to avoid the topic. Why? Because it does no good. And because underneath all that hutzpah, we all want what’s best for our kids.
So it would be great if future women given the microphone could use their insight and power to support common goals – like educating and caring for our nation’s children.
Let’s leave the pissing contests to the men, hmm?
(Women on opposite sides photo from Shutterstock)