Skip to comments.Hilary Rosen flap a "win in every regard" for GOP, says Nicolle Wallace
Posted on 04/13/2012 3:40:47 AM PDT by tobyhill
Until Thursday, it had been a pretty good week for the Obama campaign.
In the newly-declared battle to frame the general election, the president seemed to be winning. His "Buffett Rule" proposal - designed in part to define presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as seeking to protect low tax rates for the one percent - was dominating the political news cycle. Meanwhile, the Romney camp was scrambling to find some way to win over women amid polls that showed Romney trailing the president by double-digits among female voters.
Then, on Wednesday, a gift from Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen: A criticism of Ann Romney, a stay-at-home mom, as someone who "has actually never worked a day in her life" and thus isn't qualified to advise her husband on women's issues.
It was the perfect opening for the Romney campaign - a chance not only to appeal to women but to shift the focus from the Buffett Rule. And the campaign pounced. Ann Romney joined Twitter to state that raising five sons was "hard work." Romney senior adviser quickly Eric Fehrnstrom pushed the issue on his Twitter account.
The Obama campaign tried to contain the damage, with Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod deeming Rosen's comments "inappropriate and offensive" and campaign manager Jim Messina calling them "wrong." By the following day, the president and first lady, along with the vice president, were all criticizing the comments. But it was too late: The story was dominating the headlines by Thursday -- helped by the Romney campaign, which sought to tie Rosen's comments to "Obama's Women Problem" -- and prompting an embattled Rosen to apologize in order to try to keep the controversy from dominating another 24-hour news cycle.
(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...
Not sure why it’s good to beat Rosen and have Nicolle Wallace on the team. Sounds like a zero sum game ~ two losers!
The comical side of this....the only person you won’t hear any comment from....is President Obama. It would not be in his best interest to even say a word....I’d just fly off on Friday to some golf club in Arizona and hope it all goes away by Monday.
The sad thing for all of us....is that you have to watch the Sunday political chatter shows with this as the number one topic. By Sunday night....the Democrats will have lost ownership of the women vote....all because of the words of one strategy expert. You could even say that around three million votes nation-wide....switched over this week. You can’t really afford to have anymore of these type episodes if you were on the Obama team.
The McCain/Palin ticket was up ++4 to 10 pts
in some polls, days prior to Election 2008.
So rather than helping the GOP, Romney and
TeamROMNEY and the RNME (Republican National Media Establishment)
decided to attack Gov. Palin to throw Election2008.
Romney, and the Van der Sloot RNME RINOs for Obama in 2008
Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."
The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"Im told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palins people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romneys former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.
"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off .hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."
"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the Diva leak was Nicolle Wallaces husband."
Will Rosen's gaffe ultimately help Romney improve his standing with women? Not necessarily, says Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and former communications director for John McCain. But they do provide an opening.I hate to agree with a McCain guy (and I really hate that Nicole Wallace is putting her name on this in any way), but he's right.
"In the long run, one comment by an unaffiliated political consultant probably doesn't make much difference, but Rosen's comments have given the Romney campaign an opportunity to engage in the debate over women's support in a way that hadn't been available to them before," he said. "If Mitt Romney had stood up in a vacuum and said he valued the work that stay at home moms do, nobody would have cared."
What the R people have to do now, to capitalize on this, is repeat loud and often what Rush Limbaugh is saying: That the birth control pill financing issue is a phony issue. That no women care about that. $9. Walmart. Let's talk about the economy and the extreme wrecking that Obama has been doing and will continue to do, at an accelerated rate, in his next 4 years.
Another thing that Rush repeats several times, and makes very clear, is that Ann's comments aren't just her own but come from a year on the campaign trail where she's talking to women every day. The R people should be repeating that often.
Listen to Rush Limbaugh with their ears open and their minds engaged. That's really all they have to do to win this thing.
Never trust a woman who snitches "He doesn't pick up his socks".
Michelle doesn't do the wash, clean, cook or watch her kids (and never did)..that's what grandma "slaves" are for....at least in her little world.
I'm betting Rosen got the derogatory remark directly from Michelle.
I disagree that it was a win for the GOP. I submit the Obama
faction got exactly what they wanted. The response by the
Romney camp has kept him from addressing the real issues.The
broadcast of the comment—and any response from the “already captured” media —and eliciting made news from both sides of the divided house. has kept the media and the silly women of America focused on the entertainment. All in all the enemy has gotten their diversion -any apologies by team Obam is as meaningless as anything else he has done -except the harm done by the change he has been allowed.
Yeah, serious Hussein Heads are still going to be serious Hussein Heads, no matter what.
This is a cBS article, consider it an internal Obama campaign memo. “We were having such a good week with the media using our Buffet Rule crap to dominate all news ....” I won’t say all media coverage for Obama helps the GOP, but seems to me Obama has gone hard left. Race, womens’ sexual revolution, socialism,etc.
I think the majority is alarmed by Obama, which is why he fell in the latest poll.
Democrates are the party of wife beaters, rapists, woman perverting, woamn patronizing, woman “voice making” and insane characterization, woman self-defiling and islamofascist culture of torture of women.
Where is the GOP defending women from these monsters????
Cricket cricket cricket...
The Romney Camp has already come out with bumper stickers that depict a mom with two children, that say “Moms Drive the Economy”. The pic of the bumper sticker is followed up with this:
Donate $6 to get your Moms Drive the Economy bumper sticker and send a message to President Obama today.
Who was it who said: “Never pass up a good crisis.”
The nice thing about this bunch, they’re all full of themselves. If Bammy does poorly in the polls, toward November I expect a storm of gaffes from them. They won’t be able to watch their mouths, their contempt for the little people will flow forth.
the only person you wont hear any comment from....is President Obama. It would not be in his best interest to even say a word
He renounced the comment by Hilary Rosen yesterday saying: “It was a poor choice of words”. Wow!!! Tough rebuke there Mr. President.
Re: your Post #8: Sorry, but you are wrong on this one.
If he had an older white daughter she would look like Hilary Rosen.
Both because those issues are so depressing but also because they haven't got anything to say about them anyone wants to hear.
“Our side” needs to realize that we really don’t have to “fight” their evil, let God take care of that.
We have to EXPOSE them. And this flap did just that.
But now we need people on our side explaining and expanding on exactly WHAT was exposed by her statement -
a general anti-traditional family agenda.
Democrats hate “breeders”, they are worse than satan to them.
And I suspect the Libs will go right on doing this sort of stuff because its who they are and they can’t help themselves.
I don't like Mitt but are women in general really so foolish as to want the $4 gas, no jobs, and ever increasing food prices that Obama has generously given them? If they could name one thing that is better since Obama took over other than Osama Bin Laden being dead, I'd like to hear what it is.