Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected. “” mo via Twitter


On Rosengate, point goes to Mitt Romney.

The First Lady tweeted so.

We have the first unforced error of 2012 presidential season by a Democratic operative that weighs in Mitt Romney’s favor and it came just a couple of days after Santorum exited. That it’s on the subject of women makes it rougher.

Before Mitt Romney’s gafferiffic primary performances, women tilted his way. Now that number has swung 19 points, giving Obama a huge lead with femmes.

That First Lady Michelle Obama weighed in on Twitter reveals just how badly Obama reelect feels Rosen’s comments hurt their message, not only with women, but with coveted independents.

It also gives people like Jennifer Rubin a way to exploit more Republican talking points like “faux ‘war on women.'”

Rubin ignores policies that actually do hurt women, with Rosen’s comments setting it up.

Republicans being more concerned about trial lawyers than equal pay for women, which caused them to vote against the Lily Ledbetter Act en masse, is a real issue, as is the Ryan budget that would obliterate Medicare’s primary role as an assured safety net, which older women rely on significantly.

Mitt Romney’s campaign was tripped up yesterday by a simple question by Sam Stein on the candidate’s position on Ledbetter. But as much as Rachel Maddow wants her audience to think that matters, to the wider public it’s minutia.

Partisan shows make loyal party members feel warm and comfy, but they aren’t reality.

The comment of disrespect by Rosen is ripe for Republicans to use again and again to not only categorize Democrats, but allows Republicans to slither out of their policy decisions that do hurt women by pointing to the comment to reveal disrespect by Democrats for women who make different choices.

This is the type of thing that can wash over a slick candidate like Mitt Romney and inoculate him on policy, because Democratic arrogance on women’s vote ignores that women in November will vote on economics, not birth control.