In pandering to women voters across the nation, Mitt Romney has time and again extolled the wisdom of his wife Ann. Considering that Republican Presidential candidates rarely win a majority of female voters in this country, it makes perfect sense that Romney would promote the idea that he respects and values his wife’s opinion. On the subject of the economic challenges faced by American women, the former Massachusetts governor has suggested more than once that he turns to his wife Ann for guidance on such matters.
And while a majority of American wives and mothers are out working and contributing to the household income, it’s also true that we as a nation are still not comfortable discounting the role of women who choose to be full-time moms and housewives. In pointing out the obvious fact that a stay-at-home mom might not be the most qualified person to give Romney advice on the financial challenges of American women, political strategist Hilary Rosen stepped on a land mine. Rosen’s point was valid and accurate, but its the kind of observation that is probably best left to private conversation and not public discourse.
Rosen’s verbal slip gave Fox Noise, the Romney campaign and right-wing pundits the kind of red-meat issue they love to rehash and regurgitate ad-nauseam. At a time when Republican politicians on Capital Hill and in state legislators across the country are madly rushing before the 2012 elections to try and limit the reproduction rights and choices of women, Hilary Rosen’s disqualification of Ann Romney as a maven on women’s issues is being disingenuously touted as slap in the face against traditional women.
Callum Borchers, a writer for the Boston Globe made a very astute observation Sunday in a posting made to in Political Intelligence: This past January 4, when asked one of those red-herring questions about lazy people on welfare, the consistently socially conservative candidate who would never pander to any group for their votes by changing his views, responded that women receiving public assistance should be required to pursue employment.
BUT MITT, WHAT IF A WOMAN RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IS A CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN OR MORMON WHO BELIEVES THAT HER PROPER PLACE IS IN THE HOME?
We can only conjecture how the likely Republican nominee for President might respond to such a question. That said, the video below is yet another example of Romney’s multiple positions and double standards on countless issues.