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Dem strategist attacks Ann Romney, defends Michelle Obama


Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen is under fire today after insisting that Ann Romney, a cancer-surviving stay-at-home mom of five battling MS, has no insight when it comes to identifying the economic concerns of women in America because -- as Rosen put it -- Romney's "never worked a day in her life."  Rosen later wrote about how she admires Ann Romney's "grit" on the Huffington Post in a twisted rebuttal:

Spare me the faux anger from the right who view the issue of women's rights and advancement as a way to score political points. When it comes to supporting policies that would actually help women, their silence has been deafening. I don't need lectures from the RNC on supporting women and fighting to increase opportunities for women; I've been doing it my whole career. If they want to attack me and distract the public's attention away from their nominee's woeful record, it just demonstrates how much they just don't get it.

Yeah, it's conservatives who don't get it.  We should all trust Rosen to know what issues are most important to women -- after all, it's her "job" to poll them and adjust Democrats' policy positions accordingly.  And obviously it's wrong for conservatives to challenge the job qualifications of a community organizer when it comes to leading an entire country, but how dare the GOP nominee get input from his "unemployed" wife on what economic issues matter most to women?

I was also startled by Rosen's comments given her past views on a candidate's wife being made part of the political dialogue...

In 2008, Rosen derided Republican attacks against Michelle Obama as an example as "stupid strategy."

"You know essentially, you've taken on sort of the most sympathetic person in the candidate's realm, the wife, who is taking care of the children, supporting the husband, doing everything she can because she loves him," Rosen said on Anderson Cooper 360 according to a CNN transcript from May 19, 2008.

"Michelle Obama is a pretty terrific woman I have to say, and I think that attacking her is a dumb strategy on the Republican's part," Rosen added.

And while the Obama campaign is trying to put distance between the president and Rosen, the Democratic strategist has been a very frequent visitor to the Obama White House.  NRO's Jim Geraghty offers a little perspective:

White House visitor logs indicate that “Hilary Rosen” visited the White House thirty-five times.

Gen. David Petraeus, head of our efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the current CIA director, nine times.

Update: A loyal Blaze reader emails:

Rosen ironically is a managing director with Anita Dunn at SKDKnickerbocker, the same firm that brought lovely Ms. [Sandra] Fluke to the forefront.
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