Hilary Rosen, a frequent CNN talking head, went on Anderson Cooper 360 last night to talk about Mitt Romney's pathetic attempts to connect to women on economic matters—which, at the point, basically involves him invoking the name of his wife, Ann Romney, and repeating what she's told him that women care about. Rosen has a problem with this approach—as a lot of us do—but the way she chose to phrase her beef has ignited a fight fierce enough that it drove Ann Romney to finally join Twitter for the sole purpose of defending herself. Egads.
Here's what Rosen said, exactly, about Mitt's reliance on Ann's "expertise":
Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing.
She's referring, of course, to the fact that Ann was a stay-at-home mom, raising five sons (six, if you count Mitt), instead of pursuing a career outside the home. Rosen's choice of words was particularly unfortunate, because it's raised from the dead the age-old argument about whether being a stay-at-home mom is the same things as having a job—instead of allowing us to focus on the real problem which is Mitt doesn't know jack shit about real women's economic lives.