"Blitz" attempted to arm-twist a mea culpa from Hilary Rosen this evening but Rosen wasn't going to give it up easily. I admit to chuckling when he quipped "That doesn't sound like an apology."
This is a distraction that his campaign is forcing on the American people to avoid his record on the issues.
Let's be frank: the Democrats's "war on women" was the canard deflecting from the President's abysmal failures and tanking approval rating. Rosen took it a step too far when she inarticulately targeted mothers.
This is not about stay-at-home moms verses working moms ...
I agree. It's about Democrats's disrespect of choices other women make that don't match their own. It's why conservative women have been so persecuted, especially these past several years. It's pro-choice until it's not their choice. Many women appreciate that the remark was later changed to more closely reflect an opinion rather than an attack, but that wasn't the original sentiment.
Democrats are upset, as reflected in Rosen's remarks, because Ann Romney accurately conveyed what women voters are feeling. The President is tanking in the polls and the issues that women cite as the most important to them are where he is most vulnerable. Consider this from Marc Thiessen:
● The No. 1 issue women said was a priority for them is health care. Obamacare remains deeply unpopular with the American people, and women are even more opposed to it than men. Polls show 52 percent of women want the Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare, compared to 48 percent of men. If Obamacare is front and center in the fall campaign, the president will be fighting an uphill battle with women voters on the issue.
● The No. 2 issue women identified on their list of priorities: Gas prices. Not a winning issue for the president. Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling the the rise in prices by wide margins.
● The No. 3 issue for women? Unemployment. As Team Romney is quick to point out, women account for more than 92 percent of the job losses since Obama took office, and a recent Pew study found that “women are the only group for whom employment growth lagged behind population growth from 2009 to 2011.” Absent a sudden economic turnaround, unemployment — particularly women’s unemployment — will be a major challenge for the president this November.
●The No. 4 issue for women? The national debt. With his miasma of spending, Obama has presided over the most rapid increase in the debt under any president in American history. Obama has little chance of winning the debate over the debt.
Rosen tries to frame Romney's hiring at Bain (I've said before how blaming men for the choices women make -- the illogic behind the debunked "pay gap" argument -- is ludicrous) yet is questionably silent on Obama's own pay inequalities in his own White House -- as well as on the reports of the anti-female atmosphere within his inner circle.
Unfortunately, Rosen did not apologize for alleging that Republicans created the phrase and baselessly blamed Democrats for its use. We were the first to tell you that Debbie Wasserman Schultz used the phrase back in March (after Rosen was brought on to advise the DNC Chair), Nancy Pelosi has used it, and the DSCC has been fundraising off the phrase:
Rosen did backpedal some and said that the war was "phony," which promoted me to wonder whether or not she was throwing her fellow Democrats under the bus as return fire?
One thing is for sure: the Democrats's "war on women" failed by their own hand. They took it too far, and one of the members of their team blew whatever veneer they had left. Is it any wonder that so many women would feel offended? So many of us have been attacked as being "anti-woman" simply because of our conservative ideology -- by the very party which preaches equality yet seemingly holds at-home mothers in low esteem.
Democrats need to learn that they don't have to manipulate and emotionally abuse women for votes; instead, create appealing policies that will attract them.