Rosen's Calculated Attack On Romney Backfires, Dems Throw Messenger Under The Bus

Posted on April 13, 2012 by


The Democrats are circling the wagons after their tasteless attack on Ann Romney backfired with a tidal wave of outrage.

The tactic was originally intended to go after Romney’s conservative Mormon family values, but it blew up in their faces. They were trying to continue the “Republican war on women” meme by suggesting that Mitt wants his wife at home and doesn’t view her as an equal, but they ended up slamming stay-at-home mothers and revealing their own bigotry instead.

Now they’re pretending to be offended and horrified by Rosen’s comments, throwing her under the bus and claiming she has nothing to do with the White House or DNC.

But don’t think for a minute that her attack wasn’t White House approved.  Rosen has visited with top officials at the White House – including the President himself – at least 35 times (and those are just the ones they included in the White House log).   Even Obama’s top generals haven’t had that many visits.

Michelle Malkin has broken down the list of her visits at the White House, and with whom:

White House visitor logs show that Hilary Rosen, the DC lobbyist/Anita Dunn colleague who attacked Ann Romney’s stay-at-home-mom status on CNN last night, visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. at least 35 times.

(Remember: White House logs are an inaccurate measure of ACTUAL White House visits, as liberal media outlets/watchdogs themselves have reported and as I’ve reminded you many times.)

More illuminating than the number of visits is the info about who Hilary Rosen visited. (Note: The vast majority of entries list “Hilary B. Rosen” as the visitor; Rosen’s middle name is Beth. White House press secretary Jay Carney lamely obfuscated earlier this morning about whether the Rosen in question was indeed the visitor listed in logs or another of the “three” Hilary Rosens he knows.)

The records are a mess, so let me break it down for you:

3/11/09 Meeting with White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett.

3/13/09 Meeting with David Axelrod.

3/30/09 Meeting with top Big Labor operative and political director Patrick Gaspard.

9/21/09 Meeting w/Natalie Bookey, East Wing aide, and unidentified visitee.

10/8/09 Meeting with WH senior press lead, Jesse Lewin.

10/13/09 Meeting with POTUS — President Barack Obama.

10/22/09 Meeting with Anita Dunn, former WH communications director.

10/28/09 Meeting with POTUS in the East Room.

Read more at Michelle Malkin

Ed Morrissey opines at Hot Air:

The Romney campaign blasted Rosen as an “Obama adviser” (she’s tied to the DNC, not the Obama campaign) and called this “their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy and in the process insul[t] hard-working moms.”  And that had Team Obama worried enough for a couple of heavy hitters to take to Twitter late last night to do damage control.  David Axelrod, Obama’s closest adviser, tweeted: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”  Jim Messina, who runs the Obama 2012 campaign, demanded an apology from Rosen: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.”

It’s too late for that; the mask has already slipped.  Rosen has delivered the Left’s honest opinion about women who choose to stay home to raise their children, and unless the DNC distances themselves from her, we can assume that’s the official Democratic Party position.  If Democrats wanted to see Republicans unite behind Mitt Romney, they picked the best possible strategy to make it happen by declaring war on Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms.

Read more at Hot Air

Rosen was an adviser to DNC spokeswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  She was given the green light to deliver this talking point, but was mercilessly jettisoned as soon as the campaign realized it was backfiring.

John Hayward laughs:

David Corn of Mother Jones just tried dismissing Rosen as “an obscure Democratic strategist” on MSNBC.  Photos of Rosen next to various Democrat luminaries, including David Axelrod, are being yanked off the Internet.  God help me, this just gets funnier and funnier.  Yesterday Hilary Rosen was a top-level Obama political advisor with 35 White House visits under her belt.  Today she’s an obscure CNN correspondent.  By Monday, she’ll be a Republican.

Of course, Democrats are trying to claim that the overwhelming outrage expressed by women and mothers is “manufactured” and “fake.”  But if they truly believe it’s fake, why are they so desperate to backpedal and kill their own messenger?

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