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Hilary Rosen Was Right: Ann Romney Is Out of Touch with Most Women
Time ^ | 4-13-12 | Judith Warner

Posted on 04/13/2012 5:05:10 AM PDT by SJackson

What Republicans and Democrats alike don't understand is that the "mommy wars" are largely a thing of the past

A fierce Twitter firestorm erupted this week after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen pointedly questioned Ann Romney’s fitness to serve as her husband’s ambassador on women’s economic issues. Noting to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Romney — a daughter of privilege who became wealthier still while married to Mitt — had “never worked a day in her life,” Rosen voiced the suggestion that she was, perhaps, less than ideally suited for relaying the financial worries and stresses of most American women to her husband’s presidential campaign. “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future,” Rosen said.

Republicans counterattacked, as to be expected. Romney campaign strategist Eric Fehrnstrom denounced a “kill Ann” strategy that “in the process insults hardworking moms.” But what was surprising was that Democrats also engaged in Rosen-bashing:

Democratic strategist David Axelrod called Rosen’s words “inappropriate and offensive.”

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted: “She should apologize.”

Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter added on: “Families must be off-limits on campaigns,” she said, “and I personally believe stay-at-home moms work harder than most of us do.”

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To: muawiyah
"Calista, tart looking painted lady that she is"

What about Palin? She must spend $10 per day on make-up, not to mention how much she spends on human growth hormone.

51 posted on 04/13/2012 5:42:18 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Servant of the Cross

From Rosen’s apology:

“In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his lack of a record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. “

She even insulted Romney’s husband in her non apology apology. Right on message, with message reinforced.

That is how the game is played.

If the President’s poll numbers with women do not now drop, you will know that there was no downside for this remark, and Romney is tarred with being out of touch with women.


52 posted on 04/13/2012 5:44:40 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Ben Ficklin
I'm sure you're an expert in such things. Frankly I have no need for human growth hormone. Today is nice and sunny. I will probably go out to exercise stripped down to my speedo. First, to oil up, then warm up the major muscle groups.

People stop and stare for hours as I do my routine.

53 posted on 04/13/2012 5:45:20 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Lady Lucky; Rider on the Rain

Only 1/2 of the primaries have happened.


54 posted on 04/13/2012 5:46:59 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SJackson

55 posted on 04/13/2012 5:47:26 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
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To: Westbrook
Mooshelle, and Judith Warner, the author of this trashy hit piece, are “in touch” with “most women”.

Including Greta. She said on her show last night that Rosen is her "good friend". Greta showed her true rat colors last night as she was spinning in defense of her friend.

56 posted on 04/13/2012 5:48:57 AM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: DTogo

Just like to note the Kennedys have managed to breed their way back into the class of dopers and criminals. That’s in the old American “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations’ tradition.


57 posted on 04/13/2012 5:50:08 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
I much prefer Calista, tart looking painted lady that she is!

Those synthetic persons are becoming more realistic looking with every new model!

58 posted on 04/13/2012 5:51:10 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: SJackson

The Left is welcome to just keep on talking about this. Romney and others only need to make sure that Rosen equals Obama. Of course I’m talking about the Stupid Party actually pressing an advantage, so I’m dreaming. This should be two weeks worth of gaffe for the Obama reelection team to deal with.


59 posted on 04/13/2012 5:51:29 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: SJackson

So now we have a liberal Democrat in the news media telling us Rosen is right. So what else is new?

Rosen’s statement was part of the Democrat’s campaign to paint the Romney’s as out-of-touch. That’s ironic, since nobody can be more out-of-touch with the country than Barack Obama.


60 posted on 04/13/2012 5:51:38 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: SJackson

I think it was more like ‘let’s tell our operatives to attack Ann Romney and see how that flies’

Rosen (all 3 of her, according to Jay Carnival CLown Carney) will find herself comfortable under Obama’s bus, with the rest of the leftists he uses for batting practice.


61 posted on 04/13/2012 5:54:14 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: cdcdawg
Of course I’m talking about the Stupid Party actually pressing an advantage, so I’m dreaming

Well said.

62 posted on 04/13/2012 5:57:13 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: SJackson

You assume more competence to those twenty something whitebreads who are the core of Obama’s campaign machine when you assume a strategy for this blunder. My theory is that this was a big friggin surprise to them because they have never been tested substantially. McCain was a goof and his staff was goofier.

OTOH, this was an opening skirmish and the democrats will adapt. I think Romney will too. Fasten your seatbelts.


63 posted on 04/13/2012 5:57:28 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Remember, Obama said he's only 60% done with his agenda.)
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To: SJackson

I agree that it was intentional, scripted and pure political theater from beginning to end.

But the way to fight back is to listen to what Rush Limbaugh is saying on the issue and repeat his words, which emphasize something that even the Romney camp seems too timid to emphasize:

Ann Romney was not just talking from her own experience (which is limited, let’s face it, by the fact that she’s a rich woman). She was talking from the experience of thousands of women she has talked to on the campaign trail in the past year.

Rush Limbaugh strongly emphasized that point and I’m very surprised and disappointed that the Romney camp is not also strongly emphasizing it.

As we all feared, we most likely have a McCain 2.0, who will never stand up to the lies of the media, the lies of the DNC and the lies of the Obama campaign. (Pardon the repetition at the end of that sentence.)


64 posted on 04/13/2012 5:58:26 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Lady Lucky
I am “out of touch” with Ann Romney. I know almost nothing about her and don’t want to.

I don't know any woman who has two Cadilacs of her own to choose from. Nothing against wealthy people but most have the class not to brag about their and their spouse's wealth. Especially a campaigning politician.

65 posted on 04/13/2012 5:58:43 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Haggai 1, V6.. and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. (My plight))
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To: SJackson

in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future

Ann didn’t feed her children?

Ann didn’t send them to school?

Ann doesn’t worry about her childrens future?

poppycock!


66 posted on 04/13/2012 6:00:14 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: SouthTexas

I’m with you. Obama and his machine are vastly over rated.
Troopergate-The police acted stupidly.
Trayvon-Son would look like this.
Corpse -man
The guys an idiot. He’s a fabrication.


67 posted on 04/13/2012 6:02:49 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Rider on the Rain
In case you haven’t noticed, the primary is essentially over. Are you going to support the Republican nominee or not?

If it Romney? Not no but hell no!

Now it's your turn to tell me that "not voting for Romney, is the same as voting for Obama", gee whiz, I've never heard that one before!

68 posted on 04/13/2012 6:04:07 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Haggai 1, V6.. and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. (My plight))
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To: SJackson

They were still able to vilify her which was the goal. She is now damaged goods as opposed to the brilliant graft taking Michelle. Will anybody question her years at Chicago U hospital with the fake job?

Pray for America


69 posted on 04/13/2012 6:04:25 AM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: SJackson

I don’t think they are that clever. One thing about Obama is how ham-handed he and his ops are.

I think they perceived (correctly) that Ann Romney is the greatest asset Mitt possesses and they were looking to destroy her early on.

But, they have no subtlety these people. They are all a bunch a screaming maniacs, right out of some 1970s “consciousness raising” or primal scream session.

They can never hide their contempt.

This blew up in their faces, deservedly so.


70 posted on 04/13/2012 6:05:52 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Graybeard58

That’s ridiculous. How many families in America are two and even three car families? He was trying to point out while in the car making capital, that he is buying their product. If people who can afford cars don’t buy them, who will? This is a petty point IMO.


71 posted on 04/13/2012 6:06:32 AM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: SJackson

Possibly, but since CNNCBSNBCABC ARE the mouthpieces of the Obama Lie Machine and they (CNN) are the authors of this particular lie, then that puts them into the ironic situation of putting forth the lie on the one and and condemning it with the other, so to speak...

They’d better be careful. They’re gonna confuse their poor little sheep victim moron voters....


72 posted on 04/13/2012 6:08:42 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: saywhatagain
Did anyone notice the apology was ONLY to Ann Romney? Many many women across the land was highly offended,

Yup, my wife quit her job when our daughter was six months old and she was making more money than I did. She was highly offended by the remarks. Believe me, raising one kid while being healthy was a JOB.

73 posted on 04/13/2012 6:15:46 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: SJackson

This article is absurd - the so called Mommy wars are not over. Most mothers would prefer to raise their own children and be with them during their early formation. The bad economy has forced them to work. Men (Fathers) are having a hard time finding jobs. Pressuring mothers to work and breaking up the traditional family is a socialist construct so children will end up with more loyalty to the state than their own families. Just look at Sweden.


74 posted on 04/13/2012 6:21:11 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: saywhatagain
Many many women across the land was highly offended

I was not particularly offended.....I have just as much disdain for Hilary and her ilk as she has for me and mine. Probably more.

I don't want her favorable opinion, her apology or anything from her except to have her keep her opinions to herself.

75 posted on 04/13/2012 6:27:14 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom ("Your money or your life" has been the Dems unwritten motto for a long time)
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To: No Surrender No Retreat
"the personality of a rabid cat."

My cat says she resents that remark and is going to kill you - soon!

76 posted on 04/13/2012 6:31:44 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: I am Richard Brandon

“Every Mom, a Working Mom” - Liberal bumper sticker


77 posted on 04/13/2012 6:33:22 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SJackson

The next time I’m in a doctor’s (or any other) waiting room and “Time” magazine is there, I’m going to put it under my shirt and remove it from the premisis...then, burn it. No Americans work at Time any longer.


78 posted on 04/13/2012 6:34:56 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: SJackson

Using the same logic:

Obama has never been poor in his life, so he’s out of touch with the poor.

Obama has never been a woman in his life, so he’s out of touch with women.

Obama has never been homosexual in his life, so he’s out of touch with homosexuals.


79 posted on 04/13/2012 6:35:20 AM PDT by zencycler
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To: relictele

Forgot the tattoos. She’s in the “classy” sector of democrat white trash.


80 posted on 04/13/2012 6:35:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: jocon307
I think they perceived (correctly) that Ann Romney is the greatest asset Mitt possesses and they were looking to destroy her early on.

I completely agree. I saw the first hand reaction in January of four conservative, but different, women (my wife included, and not Mitt fans) see Ann Romney speak on TV for the first time - the reaction was immediate and uniform - 'I really like her' - they each identified with her. Perhaps, the Libs have been searching for how to 'destroy' Ann Romney and this may have been a trial balloon. Whether it was or not ... you are absolutely correct that it ....

... blew up in their faces, deservedly so.

81 posted on 04/13/2012 6:38:29 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SJackson

Ann Romney’s economic knowledge

Consider the thousands of economists, financial analysts, governmental departments, prestigous economics departments at universities and so forth that we have relied on to guide America’s economics. They have guided us into our big mess.

We ordinary Americans allowed ourselves to be led into economic territory that can be understood only by the experts, and the experts assured that the right things were being done.

The expertes obviously didn’t understand what they were doing (or are collectively corrupt). Why not be guided by the Ann Romneys and numerous other ordinary people to whom good economics is horse sense and discipline rather than elaborate mechanisms for taking additional risk?


82 posted on 04/13/2012 6:39:07 AM PDT by cymbeline
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To: Lady Lucky
So, you are voting for Obama, eh?

How does it feel to be a tool for the RAT Party? Does it salve your conservative principles?

83 posted on 04/13/2012 6:39:10 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Lady Lucky

I’ll take Ann Romney as first lady over the racist, anti-American Michelle.


84 posted on 04/13/2012 6:39:41 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: SJackson

Double-down and dig in when you’re getting your head kicked in.

Feminists have learned nothing in forty years.


85 posted on 04/13/2012 6:40:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SJackson

Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

People who underestimate the deviousness of this villain and his ability to rely on the mainstream media, Hollywwod and the Marxist-dominated universities and colleges to rally support for him do so at their own peril.

His response to this was so masterful that your supposition appears to me to be quite probable.


86 posted on 04/13/2012 6:44:24 AM PDT by ZULU (Barack Hussein Obama - the most dangerous villain in American political history)
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To: SJackson

Michelle’s comments about not having the luxury of staying home struck me like Latrell Sprewell’s “I got my family to feed.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1266269/posts


87 posted on 04/13/2012 6:47:46 AM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Redleg Duke; Jim Robinson
So, you are voting for Obama, eh? How does it feel to be a tool for the RAT Party? Does it salve your conservative principles?

You might want to ask the owner of this site about that. Let me save everybody the trouble and quote Jim Rob from a selection of his recent posts:

I’m not going to vote for an abortionist/socialist come hell or high water, so KMA!! Now get the hell off of FR if you’re going to try to push that lying bastard!! Get it through your thick skull: NO ROMNEY!! Sheesh!!

Guess you can’t read then RINO. I’ve posted my answer a hundred times in the last few days. Now take your RINO pushing ass off FR!!

Can’t you read?!! No effing ROMNEY!! Take your surrender monkey ass elsewhere!!

B/S!! Romney has no where close to a majority of the Republican voters!! Go to hell RINO pusher!!

Get the idea?

88 posted on 04/13/2012 6:49:52 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Retro Sark...because you just never know when you'll have needed a sark tag.)
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To: SJackson
NOTHIN is said without approvals, and a scheme in place.

This was to re-inforce the "Fluke-type" women's votes, relying on free baby-killing to cover for their "fun nights".

Inner-city tribal parasites continue to proliferate from tramps who don't know the fathers' names, live off the gubmint, and vote OBAMA. Likewise, the stay-at-home Mom and Nuclear Family is disgusting to the Progressive Agenda. We indoctrinate our Yewts in the Liberal Agenda at Public Skoolz, teach Sensitivity, "If it feels good, do it", and we have kids murdered over Air Jordan tennis shoes.

Yeah; the Homemaker is not a "career" to Liberals, it's "Neandrthal".

Raising kids to have values, knowing right from wrong, being clothed, fed, and accountable is missing in the Liberal "family", and it's ALWAYS someone else's fault.

Pandering to the women who wanna go out and party, but can kill the babies legally, will re-inforce why they need to vote "Democrat", and that's what this is all about.

Taxes up the ass have caused Mothers to be FORCED into the workforce in most cases; and this, too, is needed in the Socialist Utopia....the State will raise you good little socialist girls and boys in their Progressive-Agena-Based daycares....just move along.

89 posted on 04/13/2012 6:52:02 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: popdonnelly

“So now we have a liberal Democrat in the news media telling us Rosen is right.”

We expect it from the media. I worry more about the number of Freepers I see posting comments that Rosen was right. Not much different than post over on the DU, and it’s being done with complete impunity.


90 posted on 04/13/2012 6:52:31 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: SJackson

I’ve heard (not sure if true) that Ann and Mitt started married life in a basement apartment. If true, I think a lot of us can identify with a similar situation, eventually working hard to achieve a measure of success over the years.


91 posted on 04/13/2012 7:00:56 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future,” Rosen said.

That is such a leftist statement. How shallow they are. Just because a person has never experienced economic hardship they can't understand people who do? My father was raised in privilege. His father was a wealthy businessman and a philanthropist. Both were kind, generous men who understood the problems of their employees. My father was a Republican (although he never said what side he was on). I loved and respected my father as did our whole community. Only the narrow minded, leftists see a problem with understanding hardship of any kind. They just want to throw our money at the problem - it eases their consciouses and doesn’t cost them a dime.

92 posted on 04/13/2012 7:05:11 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Lady Lucky
Well, I guess I am more concerned with getting Obama out of the White Hut and getting a Republican Senate and House.

I expect that you will turn me in to Jim for purging from the roles of FR. Go for it.

93 posted on 04/13/2012 7:13:11 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: zencycler
Obama has never been homosexual in his life, so he’s out of touch with homosexuals.

Uh oh...can of worms opened there!
94 posted on 04/13/2012 7:14:29 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Ben Ficklin

Calista is not in Palin’s league. Palin is a one percenter, in the looks department. As for HGH, I did not know that Sarah Palin’s bat speed is up there with Ryan Braun and Albert Pujols.


95 posted on 04/13/2012 7:14:38 AM PDT by gusty
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To: zencycler

Judith Warner has never existed outside the NYC-DC liberal bubble, so she is out of touch with just about everybody.


96 posted on 04/13/2012 7:17:46 AM PDT by gusty
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To: mmichaels1970
Uh oh...can of worms opened there!

More than you know...worms are bisexual.

According to Larry Sinclair, so is Zero!

97 posted on 04/13/2012 7:18:06 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: SJackson

I wonder if Hilary Rosen-Hack had similar opinions of Terezzzza Heinz? Or is she just a brazen, parasitic, hardcore leftwing hack.


98 posted on 04/13/2012 7:22:06 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Christie at the beach
Since when is it eeeevil to be wealthy? What Rosen said is that Ann, and by extension, all stay at home moms, of which I am one, don't have a right to an opinion on the economy, because we, 'never worked a day in our life'.

Don't you get it? This was a disaster for the Dems. Most of the moms I know are madder than a wet hen over this. There are commenters at DU and Kos that didn't like it.

Not only did they lose half the chick vote right there, they energized the meh voters like me, who were frankly unmotivated to vote for Romney before this.

99 posted on 04/13/2012 7:25:22 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Graybeard58

I’m not going to tell you anything. Your answer speaks for itself. Romney was not my first choice, not my second choice, not my third choice, not my fourth choice. I do think zero must be defeated or it’s goodbye America as we know it.


100 posted on 04/13/2012 7:27:21 AM PDT by Rider on the Rain
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