Perhaps Adam and Stacy closed down Texts to Hillary a day too soon. While many would agree that, indeed, they closed it at its absolutely unforeseeable pinnacle, events over the past two days resulted in a situation that simply cries out for one of their meme texts.
Unless you live under a rock, you know that for many weeks Republicans in a variety of positions: Congress, presidential campaigns, state governments, have waged a brutal war on women, specifically our right to have access to and make decisions about our own health care. One presidential candidate has maintained that according to his wife, who regularly meets with women on the campaign trail, the economy is of concern to women and birth control … not so much.
This position ignores the elephant in the room that women’s health care is in the context of the economy, but let’s not worry about that little wrinkle. Mitt Romney believes that this is not an issue because his wife, Ann, has told him so.
Yesterday, CNN consultant Hilary Rosen remarked on the air that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life igniting the age-old (it seems) battle between working moms and stay-at-home moms. So now we have a war within a war. Now we have a war among women – again.
The meme I was thinking of had Ann texting HRC for advice on how to answer the other Hilary based on this National Journal article.
April 12, 2012 | 8:59 AM
You’ve come a long way, baby? Somehow the 2012 campaign has regressed back to 1992 (some would say even decades earlier) when Hillary Clinton kicked up a storm for saying “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.”
The perceived knock on homemakers by the Yale-trained lawyer who went on to become First Lady came to mind when Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen scoffed on CNN Wednesday that the wife of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney “has never actually worked a day in her life.” It was an insulting comment that revealed a lesson still unlearned from 1992. Work is work, whether it’s a paid office job or unpaid and generally thankless child-rearing. In a move clearly aimed at ginning up outrage among stay-at-home moms, Ann Romney joined Twitter to shoot back: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”
Reinhard makes excellent points. In the course of the war on women, many have cited our preponderance in the population and pointed out that this majority is under the control of the minority faction, that this 52% of the populace should pull together and grab the controls. Why should we not have a larger voice? Well, my sisters, that is never going to happen while there is division in the ranks. She may not have meant to, but Hilary Rosen opened an old wound. She has countered that her remark was not about Ann Romney but about single, working moms.
So, on second thought, perhaps it is fortunate that the meme site closed. The last thing we need is gasoline poured on this fire. Women need to get past this false division and focus on what unites us and is in our best interests. We will never prevail and have control over our own destinies if we do not.