The Republican Party knows very well that they are in trouble with women voters. So on Wednesday when CNN’s Democratic analyst Hilary Rosen questioned whether Mitt Romney should point to his wife Ann, as his expert on women’s issues because she “never worked a day in her life” it was as if the right had just hit the lotto. They immediately jumped at the opportunity to condemn Rosen’s poorly chosen words and concoct a “War on Moms” being waged by the left suggesting President Obama and all Democrats represent a comment made by a pundit on a cable news show.
Hillary Rosen, who is herself a mom and who also works outside the home, has now apologized for her poorly chosen words. Rosen, who by the way does not work for the Obama campaign, was merely pointing out that Anne Romney does not exactly represent the poor at home mom on food stamps and hand me downs or the working woman who can’t afford NOT to work, and who is out there every day fighting for issues like pay discrimination or employer healthcare plans covering contraception.
Moreover, most stay-at-home moms do not have a Swiss bank account in a blind trust that reportedly held $3 million. Ann Romney is a woman of great privilege and there is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is that her husband supports Paul Ryan’s budget that cuts nutrition programs for pregnant women, Medicaid for poor women and children, food stamps for the poor (and by the way most food stamp recipients are women and children), and Planned Parenthood that provides breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women.
Everyone knows what Hillary Rosen, who is a mother himself, really meant. So it’s highly unlikely that women voters have been fooled into changing their votes. This “war on moms” put forth by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and the Republicans is completely feigned outrage. On the other hand, the GOP’s war on women is grounded in a series of substantive policy positions taken by Republican members of Congress.
Republicans actually did oppose the Affordable Care Act provision that would have provided free contraceptive care to women. Republicans did actually vote for the Blunt amendment that would have given unprecedented license to any employer or insurance plan, religious or not, to exclude any health based on “moral convictions” because it included contraception coverage. Republican statehouses throughout the country have, or are attempting to, pass draconian laws restricting abortions and cutting funding for basic healthcare services to women whether it’s through Planned Parenthood or associated organizations.
So Republicans can continue spinning Rosen’s comment for all it’s worth but the women of America will not be fooled. The “War on Women” is real and Mitt Romney and the GOP will appropriately have to answer for it.