The Continuous Attacks on Conservative Women

by Sarah on April 13, 2012 · 3 comments

Yesterday, social media and all the news channels were abuzz. Hilary Rosen, a Democratic consultant, insinuated that Mitt Romney’s wife Ann could not advise her husband in anything economic related because she is a stay-at-home mother. This led to a flurry of condemnation against Ms. Rosen – by both Democratic and Republican leaders – several statements from the Romney campaign, and the slogan “War on Moms.”

Rosen v. Romney

It is not surprising that there was such an outrage for an insult against a high-profile woman. What is surprising is that it has been in support of a conservative woman.

This election season has already focused strongly on women. Be it health care, the economy or taxes, the focus of these issues has revolved around women’s support and opinion. It has also led to nasty accusations that the Republican Party is fighting a “war on women.” Last month, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called a student at Georgetown a derogative term. This led many pundits and analysts to lambaste both him and the Republican Party and continuously claim that the Republican Party is no place for women.

While this verbal assault by Mr. Limbaugh was unprofessional and unacceptable, it demonstrated the uneven support shown by the media and the government for liberal women. Conservative women are continuously attacked because they are conservative. As blogger and commentator Michelle Malkin points out, she has been called much much worse more times than she can count because of her political beliefs, yet has never received any support or public outcry. And today, S.E. Cupp notes that the outcry from yesterday’s event is far from normal, but the insult is unfortunately commonplace. Attacks like this are nothing new, especially against conservative women.

As the 2012 election continues towards November, I am sure we will see more insults, more outcry and more apologies. However, I hope that people will learn from these last few months that insults and snide remarks hinder discussion of the real issues, and keep their personal thoughts to themselves.

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Maggie April 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

Let’s focus on the real issue – the economy. Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot by making this election about anything else. Who cares what nobody-Hilary-Rosen says? The President has not passed a budget in 4 years. The national debt is 15 trillion dollars and the President continues to spend like there is no tomorrow. The Bush tax cuts expire Dec 2012 and no one in Congress is willing to vote on a budget until after the election. There are bigger problems at hand.

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Ben April 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Ah, new age class struggle over a much needed class collaboration.

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fran froelich April 20, 2012 at 6:52 am

There’s a difference between attacking a professional commentator who’s paid to state her/his viewpoint vs. a layperson The pros, whether Michelle Malkin on the right or, say, Rachel Maddow on the left, make plenty of attacks on opponent because THAT’S THEIR JOB. It’s a different game when they attack political spouses whose loyalty isn’t to an employer but to their mate.
Actually, I think Ann Romney handled Hillary Rosen’s remark perfectly. Thanking HIllary for handing her a birthday present was EXACTLY the right touch. The light touch is always more effective than all the preaching & pontificating in the world. Yay Ann!

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