I live in a household with someone who claims to be slightly right of Attila the Hun. But even he can admit when the Republicans have hit a speed bump in the inevitable nomination of Mitt Romney. It seems that everyone is having a difficult time rallying around him and finding a cause to believe in and reason to back him.
Introducing: Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen. She has given the Republicans as well as the strong group of stay-at-home moms someone and something to support. Wednesday night on CNN Rosen attempted to put down Mitt Romney's wife Ann by stating she "never worked a day in her life."
While I understand Rosen was trying to make a point that Ann Romney didn't have any credibility when commenting on the economic concerns of women around the country, she did more damage with that short statement than anything Santorum or Gingrich could have come up with.
Before this whole controversy, Ann Romney has been really a non-entity. Society didn't seem to have a whole lot in common with her and she always appeared less than warm. Now she's someone to feel empathetic for - someone to fight for. All because of one little sentence. It's amazing how media can change the image of someone in a heartbeat.
Mitt Romney jumping to the defense of his wife even makes him look like the ever supportive husband and a champion for female rights. Instead of appearing like he's out of touch, this provides him with an image that allows him to say, "See? I'm just like you - my wife struggles to stay home and raise our kids too."
Obama recognizes that this is an issue that can get out of control quickly. Obviously that's why he's making a public statement that, "There's no tougher job than being a mom" Here's his video saying Rosen needs to rethink her statement. Although I'm not a huge fan of Obama, I believe he handled his rebuttal flawlessly.
The Republicans love you Hilary Rosen. You got people to back Romney in a way they never would have before. Don't underestimate the power of stay-at-home moms.