Ann Romney And The Mommy Wars

This has been all over the place this week and I wondered what you all thought about it. First here’s a look. Here’s another.

Women on blogs all over the country are still fighting about this. The mommy wars have erupted. Now it’s a fight over “stay at home moms” to “not working” to “she’s rich so she doesn’t count” to the “working moms feeling smug.”

Wouldn’t you think if fair to say that no first lady has really had to worry about money or putting food on the table? If you don’t have money, you can’t run for president.

What do you think about this story? Do you think it hurt Obama? Do you think it hurt or helped Romney? Do you think this just hurt women?

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12 Responses to Ann Romney And The Mommy Wars

  1. mssc54 says:

    I think maybe going to work outside the home would have been easier than staying home and raising FIVE BOYS!

    The rest of it is just a bunch of jealous women. Show of hands; which of you females would rather be married to a multi-millionaire than have to go to a job outside the home every day? Anyone? Anyone at all?

  2. skl1 says:

    I’m not sure it will have much impact in the long run. They have blamed it all on Hilary Rosen as if the Obama campaign is of the opposite belief. But just days before Rosen’s comment, Obama made the comment that Michelle “didn’t have the luxury” of being a stay-at-home mom. Well, her husband was making 6 figures, and if that wasn’t enough, with her even more lucrative job* she could have saved for half a year and then quit if she wanted to. She certainly had the “luxury” of choosing one way or the other. But Obama set out to spin it so Ms. Romney looks relatively privileged, and Ms. Rosen was just following suit. Now nobody seems to remember Obama’s original “luxury” comment. Fact is, there are stay-at-home moms in all income brackets. What some call a “luxury” many would call a “sacrifice.” I prefer to call it a plain old “choice.”

    In a way, I was glad this happened because it proves that Obama is not as ironclad with women voters as the libs think he is. You wouldn’t know it to look at some mom sites we visit, but remember who’s in charge of those sites. They don’t speak for the majority of women.

    It seems the Obama campaign repeatedly misses the mark in its attempt to win over women voters. That is actually heartening. The SAHM fuss will probably blow over long before November, but will Obama really ever get the momentum with women he had last time around? Hopefully not.

    [*the lucrative “job” that Michelle had was, according to some, an arrangement that was worked out as a kickback to Barack Obama, Chicago politician. Who knows if it was really “work,” considering that they did not replace her when she left. But it spins good to say “we didn’t have the luxury . . . . “]

  3. Ellen says:

    “Wouldn’t you think if fair to say that no first lady has really had to worry about money or putting food on the table? If you don’t have money, you can’t run for president” I totally agree with you Joy.
    .I think Mr. Romney and his wife are very grateful for the comment. They used it liberally and constantly. I assume they are both smart enough to understand what this woman meant, but they play the victim for being “attacked”. It would had been so great, if Mrs. Romney had reacted on that comment that she was very priveledged being able to stay home and live in luxury. It still is a hard job to raise 5 boys, but it had been much harder for her if she had to work outside on top of it.

  4. skl1 says:

    What I don’t understand is why feminists insist that you have to be a “working” mom in order to have any credibility. Many SAHMs are professionals who have given up their paying careers, which means giving up social, intellectual, and financial opportunities that they have enjoyed. In doing this, they give up some luxuries. Do we really believe that they then sit around and eat bon-bons all day? Most women who have done both will say that being a SAHM is the harder job.

    I would also note that being the wife of a politician IS a job. The wife campaigns along with her husband and has engagements throughout the time he’s in office. Remember when Michelle Obama complained that First Lady was not a paid position?

    Rosen’s comment, as now re-spun to mean that Ms. Romney can’t relate, could easily be used against Rosen herself, or Michelle O, or any other female who has something to say about anything. Rosen is a homosexual adoptive mom (and probably rich herself), so how does she understand anything about feminist issues such as birth control and abortion? How come she isn’t shutting up? Should we also say that since the black experience is different from white America (as the libs constantly point out), and the high-income black experience is even more unique, Michelle O has no right to comment on anything except the high-income black experience? Does she have no right to comment on anything relating to SAHMs or welfare families since she hasn’t had the “luxury” of taking an employment break? And what male politician has a right to make decisions that affect women? This is just great logic, isn’t it?

    The feminists (who continue to insist that Rosen was right) are just alienating knowledgeable SAHMs at all income brackets. However, I’m not sure how many of these women would have been Obama fans in the first place.

    • Joy says:

      I agree SKL. Nobody has the same experiences and to say “so and so can’t relate” isn’t a fair thing to say. I feel you either have compassion or you don’t. I don’t feel you have to live a lifestyle to understand it.

      Frankly I’m tickled this happened. Romney is now almost caught up with the woman’s vote from what Santorum lost us. I really think this hurt the Obama campaign. One week ago Obama was ahead in the woman’s vote by double digits and last night they were almost tied. Coincidence or not, this was good enough last night for Paul and I to HIGH 5 each other.

  5. Laura says:

    I can’t believe I’m actually going to say this, but I’m so sick of politics. It has strayed so far from “let us choose the best candidate”, and so far into “let’s see how we can damage this candidate with the most collateral damage”.

    Of course what Rosen said was ridiculous. Had a female conservative talk show host (is there one?) said that, she’d be fired on the spot. The double-standard is staggering.

    And I agree with the compassion thing. By this measure, nobody can be an animal rights activist, because nobody has personally experienced being bludgeoned for their fur, or been driven to their death through a slaughterhouse. No one can be an activist for better lives and conditions in Africa because nobody has really lived and suffered as they have – facing starvation, abuse, and slavery at the hands of their own leaders. The list goes on.

    I truly believe that, if this campaign ever gets down to what *really* matters – the economy and Obama’s abysmal record across the board – that Romney will win in a landslide, and Obama won’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. Unfortunately, the press knows that, too, and there’s NO WAY they’re going to let the conversation take that kind of a turn. No way in hell.

    • Joy says:

      Sad to say the campaigning is just starting.

      • Laura says:

        Well, I hope that Romney turns the attention to Obama’s record, and keeps the spotlight firmly on that record. I’m sick of the petty crap… the dog on the car for heaven’s sake!!! It was like 15 years ago. And if they want to get all petty about that, Obama ATE dog when he was in Indonesia. So it’s a draw. Honestly, I’m so sick of this Kardashian Generation that cares more about the soap opera and the stupid crap than the real, hardcore problems.

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