Oh, sweet Jesus, another apology.
It offends me.
Who’s going to apologize for that?
I’ll probably be asked to apologize for taking Jesus’s name in vain. Don’t bother me, because I won’t.
Rosen felt compelled to “apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended.” Now we have to apologize for saying what we mean if it pisses people off? More likely, it got her into hot water with her Democratic colleagues so she needed to make peace for business sake. Good luck with that.
President Obama strongly disagreed with Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s controversial comment about Ann Romney, saying today that “there’s no tougher job than being a mom. Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement,” the president told Bruce Aune of ABC’s Cedar Rapids affiliate KCRG. – Obama Rejects Rosen’s Comments on Ann Romney
…and the Obama reelection bus just keeps on rolling… ..right over Hilary Rosen.
When you’re a Democratic insider who’s inadvertently reinforced a decades-old favorite Republican talking point about what liberals and feminists supposedly think about stay at home mothers, the real faux war, there’s nothing left to do but stand and fight, except Democrats don’t do that anymore.
Politico is already up with the headline “Dems on defense in war over women.” It wrote itself.
I can’t abide Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter’s politics, but I’ll give them this, they aren’t bothered by the disapproval of others. It’s the only thing we have in common.
It would have been far more interesting, not to mention useful, especially for her, to hear Hilary Rosen take on the notion that Republicans were starting a “faux war on stay at home moms,” which is what she offered in her apology, taking it to the logical conclusion that they were doing so to cover for the real war on women they’ve waged from state to state. The problem is Rosen doesn’t think there’s a war on women. I have no idea how she missed it. So she can’t launch an offense rather than offering an apology, which is worthless to everyone.
You can retract your statement, but people can’t un-hear it, and if you apologize it should be unqualified.
Telling the truth, being honest, means never having to say your sorry, though you may have to clarify your choice of words. No crime in doing that, people misspeak all the time without anything nefarious meant. But you stand by the substance behind what you said, because you meant it.
Oh, except in politics, of course, because these days nobody ever does.
Hilary Rosen’s full statement, from CNN:
“Let’s put the faux “war against stay at home moms” to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his lack of a record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”