If Sexism and Misogyny had a son – it would look just like Barack Obama.
For sure we thought today would be Jorge Zimmerman day – especially after Trayvon’s mom said “it was an accident”. But Bazinga! It’s Ann Romney Day.
And what a day it is. We’re going to grab from our comments section these past few days as we summarize the latest battle field developments in the War On Women. What are those latest developments? Well, Republican/Conservative HotAir strikes up the band and headlines: Democrats Declare War On Women:
“Rosen has delivered the Left’s honest opinion about women who choose to stay home to raise their children, and unless the DNC distances themselves from her, we can assume that’s the official Democratic Party position. If Democrats wanted to see Republicans unite behind Mitt Romney, they picked the best possible strategy to make it happen by declaring war on Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms.“
“Rosen” is Hilary Rosen a frequent White House visitor:
“A Democratic consultant with ties to the Obama administration sneering that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life” is an opportunity for the Romney campaign, but a small problem in the big picture. In the big picture, women who are unable to find work in Obama’s economy are a bigger one.
Having said that, White House visitor logs indicate that “Hilary Rosen” visited the White House 35 times.
Kudos to Hilary Rosen for unwittingly providing everyone a platform to discuss the rights of women. Lola, currently at large, pipes in with her solid gold two cents:
“Obama’s history is riddled with the political bones of women who got in the way. He always looks for the weakest link, and it’s usually a woman or, more rarely, another minority. He targets them and destroys them through well-timed leaks of sensitive information, or by stoking the inherent sexism of a male-dominated press, or the ginned-up ire of partisan women, and then he leaves their political carcass in his wake. If you want the truth, or specific names, you’ll have to go back through the archives because this has been well-documented by various bloggers and a few journalists, and I’m not about to rehash the whole thing, especially when I’ve got two prime examples of which most people are aware just sitting on the shelf: Hillary Clinton & Sarah Palin.”
“The book written by Ani, available for purchase right now, is called Dirty Words On Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter’s Rude Awakening. Anita Finlay is not restricting her analysis to Hillary Clinton and Clinton supporters. Ani understands that 2008 is also the year of Sarah Palin hate. Ani writes “2008 is the year misogyny was made cool.“:
Sexism and misogyny hit a peak in 2008 and it was our party engaged in the full ugliness. We saw it with our own eyes. Now we are no longer on the fast track to the veal pen. We saw it with our own eyes and we continue to see the sexism and misogyny of Barack Obama and his band of boys:
For many years it was Republicans and conservatives that engaged in open sexism and misogyny. But in 2008 it was our ugly baby. If Sexism and Misogyny had a son – it would look just like Barack Obama.
From our comments:
HoldThemAccountable, Ann Romney on Fox News made a smart expansion of her argument. Ann Romney gave a “shout out” to all the “dads” taking care of children.
The Obama campaign must be furious with Rosen, not happy as some not-in-depth “analysts” claim (check out this insanity: “The White House would be nuts to back Rosen’s play, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate her lighting herself on fire to make the point, because it will resonate with many in Obama’s base.”)
Rosen has brought Ann Romney to the forefront of the Romney campaign. The married women versus single women divide is also now in the forefront and that helps Romney. Those that are cheering Rosen’s comments are likely in Obama’s camp already so the Obama campaign does not gain from this episode. Romney does gain because it helps him make the great pivot from the nomination fight to the general election fight.
and Obama digs the hole deeper……
Obama on Why Michelle Was a Working Mom (at $316K Per Year): ‘We Didn’t Have the Luxury for Her Not to Work’
and they call the Romneys out of touch.
April is Romney’s lucky month. The myth of the economic recovery has been upended. Santorum quit in the face of a pending defeat in Pennsylvania. Now Ann Romney has been brought to the forefront of the debate after getting attacked.
Jim Messina and David Axelrod have both condemned Rosen’s comments because they don’t want a victimized Ann Romney to be made the face of the Romney campaign. In addition this too foolish attack by Rosen brings to the fore the divide between young single women and married women (shorthand for Democratic voting women and Republican voting women).
The timing of the Rosen attack is also perfect for Romney as it comes precisely at the moment Romney is shifting his campaign to capture the political center. No doubt the Romney campaign will profit the longer Rosen persists in not issuing an abject apology. This is the stuff good ads are made from.
The part of Rosen’s PR firm’s website that last night proclaimed that they had a “far-reaching role in this election!” has been scrubbed. They are trying the old “This insane person is in no way connected to Obama AT ALL” gambit.
Aaaand Rosen just cannot put down that shovel and stop digging to save her life. She’s whining now about Ann Romney’s ungraciousness:
Incredibly, Rosen later complained that Ann Romney “didn’t answer my follow up tweet to her! Which I thought was respectful and sincere.” What was Rosen’s idea of “respectful and sincere”? How about this: “I am raising children too. But u do know that most young american women have to earn a living AND raise their kids don’t u?”
I mean, geez, Ann, come ON! You DO know this, right? I mean, how stoopid are u? You’re a clueless rich bon-bon eater, right? Am I RIGHT?
Here is the video of Hilary Rosen on CNN.. She says Mitt is so old fashioned when it comes to women’s issues and he does not really see us as equals. LOL. Please trot out Lenore Romney’s video (I linked to it in the last thread). I hope somebody makes a commercial using all that footage to show the woman who brought up Romney — she was no shrinking violet and Romney’s dad was no misogynist.
Video here, and it’s BAD. Dripping with condescension. Women like Ann Romney (a cancer and MS survivor who raised 5 boys) are practically clueless about economic concerns. Why the hell is she telling Mitt her concerns? She doesn’t HAVE any, silly twit! Why, I’m betting the woman doesn’t even HAVE any dry-cleaning!
More, more, more War on Women:
Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.
According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).
Calculating the median salary for each gender required some assumptions to be made based on the employee names. When unclear, every effort was taken to determine the appropriate gender.
The Obama campaign on Wednesday lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for his failure to immediately endorse the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a controversial law enacted in 2009 that made it easier to file discrimination lawsuits.
President Obama has frequently criticized the gender pay gap, such as the one that exists in White House.
“Paycheck discrimination hurts families who lose out on badly needed income,” he said in a July 2010 statement. “And with so many families depending on women’s wages, it hurts the American economy as a whole.”
It is not known whether any female employees at the White House have filed lawsuits under the Ledbetter Act.
The president and his Democratic allies have accused Republicans of waging a “war on women,” and have touted themselves as champions of female equality. Obama’s rhetoric, however, has not always been supported by his actions.
White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters last week that Obama believes it is “long past the time” for women to be admitted to the traditionally all-male Augusta National Golf Club, site of the Masters golf tournament.
But the president has demonstrated a strong preference for all-male foursomes in his frequent golf outings, a bias that extends well beyond the putting green and into the Oval Office.
“Women are Obama’s base, and they don’t seem to have enough people who look like the base inside of their own inner circle,” former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers told the New York Times.
In a 2011 article titled “The White House Boys’ Club: President Obama Has a Woman Problem,” TIME magazine’s Amy Sullivan detailed the president’s fondness for male-dominated environments.
“There’s a looseness to Obama when he’s hanging out with the boys club that doesn’t appear in co-ed gatherings,” she wrote. “The president blows off steam on the golf course with male colleagues and friends. He takes to the White House basketball court with NBA stars, men’s college players, and male cabinet members and members of Congress.”
“More War on Women:
Follow the link for Beacon reporter Andrew Stiles having fun revisiting The One’s various other slights to women over the years, from his all-male golf outings to former communications director Anita Dunn describing attitudes in the White House as fitting “all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.” Some of the things O’s taken heat for in this vein are overblown — this one pops to mind — but I’m keen to hear them explain why there’s an income disparity among their own staff. In some industries there may be a nondiscriminatory reason for a gender gap in pay, e.g., men may be overrepresented in jobs that require lots of strength or dangerous duties, which in turn may pay better because of the risk. But that’s surely not the case in the cubicle utopia of the West Wing. The most obvious explanation in an office setting is that men tend to earn more because there are more of them in senior positions. Is that true, champ? If so, how come?
“Romney’s answer on War on Women:
In his first public event after Rick Santorum withdrew from the GOP race, Mitt Romney made a strong pitch for women voters who have turned sharply in favor of President Obama in recent weeks.
Speaking at a town hall in Wilmington, Del., Romney worked to flip the script on Democrats, who say Republicans have been waging a “war on women.”
“There’s been some talk about a war on women,” Romney said. “The real war on women has been waged by the Obama administration’s failure on the economy.” [snip]
“Do you know what percent of job losses in the Obama years have been casualties of women losing jobs as opposed to men?,” Romney said. “92.3 percent of the job losses during the Obama years have been women who lost those jobs. The real war on women has been the job losses as a result of the Obama economy.”
The figure comes from a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that says there are 740,000 few non-farm payroll jobs since Obama took office in 2009, and that 683,000 women lost jobs in that same time frame.
If Sexism and Misogyny had a son – he would look just like Barack Obama. If Sexism and Misogyny had a self-hating mom – she would look just like Hillary Rosen.