In February of this year Hilary Rosen of the Obama-associated PR firm SKDKnickerbocker, was brought in to advise DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on public relations. The following month, the DNC Chair was warning of "Romney and the Republicans war on women." I'm not sure how Rosen can claim that the GOP made up a Democratic buzzword when it was her client who made it most famous.
Rosen's close proximity to the Obama team is why David Axelrod and Jim Messina were so quick to toss her under the bus; their surrogates are working overtime to push as much distance between the President and Rosen as possible.
Rosen herself set the bar for how such attacks as hers are to be judged: In 2008 she condemned such attacks on Michelle Obama.
In 2008, Rosen derided Republican attacks against Michelle Obama as an example of "stupid strategy."
"You know essentially, you've taken on sort of the most sympathetic person in the candidate's realm, the wife, who is taking care of the children, supporting the husband, doing everything she can because she loves him," Rosen said on Anderson Cooper 360 according to a CNN transcript from May 19, 2008.
So what's changed? Well, the political affiliation of the wife being discussed, obviously -- that, and Rosen doesn't appear to work for Ann Romney. She's part of the PR firm headed up by Obama's former Communications Director -- the same firm, as we told you last night, that represented the anti-Palin "Game Change" movie and Sandra Fluke. Rosen also appears to be a frequent White House visitor, according to a quick check of the WH visitor logs.
Axelrod and Messina's quick move to minimize the damage essentially proves just how close Rosen was to the campaign. She wasn't speaking for herself-- she's too connected to it-- thus the need for Obama's right hand men to squelch the fire.
Democrats have been throwing up every deflection they can to keep voters' eyes off the record-high, worse-than-Carter gas prices, the sluggish economy, and scandals like Fast and Furious and Solyndra. With so many narratives in the air, they were bound to mess up the storyline.