I went to the Twins game tonight and saw the home team win their first of the year against the Angels, 6-5. It was a lot of fun, and I tweeted updates and photos periodically. (You can follow me @jhinderaker.) I was on Twitter most of the evening, and a single story was burning up the Twitter feed: a Democratic lobbyist and strategist and one of Washington’s most powerful lesbians, Hilary Rosen–perhaps the ultimate Democratic Party insider–said on CNN that Ann Romney “has never worked a day in her life.”
Thousands upon thousands of tweets denounced Rosen, some of them cleverly. Ann Romney herself took to Twitter for the first time and wrote:
I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.
Ms. Rosen, perhaps unaware of how thoroughly she was being clobbered, responded rudely with a message to Mrs. Romney:
I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don’t u?
The Obama administration, sensing a Waterloo in its silly “war on women” theme, quickly sent David Axelrod to disavow Rosen’s comments. And all of this happened before the Twitter tempest was three hours old. We will be hearing more about Rosen’s insults in the days to come, but for the moment, this story raises–like so many others–the question, why are so many liberals so mean-spirited?
UPDATE: Well, that was quick. The Democrats’ war on mothers lasted less than 36 hours. After first doubling down by insulting Mrs. Romney for a second time in a Twitter message to her, and then authoring a CNN column on the controversy that was another partisan hit job, Hilary Rosen evidently was prevailed upon to issue a sort-of-apology, which Scott quotes in full in a post done just a few minutes ago.
In the meantime, the Obama administration is trying to distance itself from Ms. Rosen, notwithstanding the fact that she has visited the White House at least 35 times–far more often than the Secretary of Defense–including five meetings with the president. Today Jay Carney, back-pedaling furiously, told the White House press corps that he knows three different women named Hilary Rosen, apparently trying to suggest that it could have been one of the other Hilary Rosens who is one of the Obamas’ most frequent visitors. It is entertaining to see the Democrats’ “war on women” hoax blow up in their faces like a trick cigar.
FURTHER UPDATE: On Twitter, Democrats are now attacking Ann Romney as a “c***,” a “bitch” and a “whore.” That probably offers a clue as to how sincere Ms. Rosen’s apology was.