Fake Controversy Of The Day

Apr 12 2012 @ 5:15pm

by Patrick Appel

Yesterday, Hilary Rosen said that Ann Romney, a stay-at-home mother,"never worked a day in her life." The Romney campaign, and conservative media outlets, pounced. Ann Romney's direct response:

Rosen has since apologized. Liz Marlantes labels this a "fake fight":

It's clear from the context that Rosen wasn't criticizing Ann Romney for staying home. She was criticizing the Romney campaign for presenting Ann Romney as an expert on the economic concerns of women, when Romney's own economic circumstances (including the fact that she was able to stay home with all five of her sons) are not those that most women have. 

Scott Galupo, a stay-at-home father, differs:

Rosen's insinuation that you must have a job outside of the home to truly understand what's happening in the economy is patent nonsense. In a material sense, families have always been economic units. 

Paul Waldman rolls his eyes at the spin war:

I suppose this counts as the first inane manufactured controversy over somebody's extemporaneous comments of the general election, if we date the general to when Rick Santorum pulled out of the race. And there will only be about 80 or 90 more before we get to November. But it's going to be tough to match this one for sheer absurdity.

Josh Marshall's quick take:

I think the Romney camp’s response is more a sign of desperation to find some way to peal back terrible numbers with female voters.

Weigel calls out Republicans for falsely claiming that Rosen is an Obama and/or DNC advisor.