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  •  The problem with the "debate" (16+ / 0-)

    The problem starts with Mitt (or Willard, if you will). He set Ann up as his chief advisor on women's issues, and made that statement many times. So when Rosen said (in less than eloquent words, but nonetheless) that Ann may not be the best source of information for Mitt on the concerns of the single waitress with two children, she wasn't criticizing Ann Romney's choices.

    This is NOT an attack on a candidate's wife by any means. It was NOT a statement questioning her life choices.

    It was a situation in which someone questioned the experience and credentials of the person whom the candidate named as his chief source of information about the needs of AVERAGE women.

    That doesn't mean Ann Romney might not be such a person. She may occasionally get out of her two Cadillacs to visit with that waitress. But so far I haven't seen evidence of that.

    •  Hillary Rosen's choice of words were (2+ / 0-)
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      devastating, in a way, since I agree with you that she clearly meant it the way you're perceiving it.  However, there was a lot of resentment and anger in her phrasing, which is magnificently unhelpful.  Why she choose to be so petulant is a complete mystery.

      From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

      by satrap on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 06:31:11 AM PDT

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      •  She doesn't really represent anyone (6+ / 0-)

        And I do agree with you that petulance is never helpful. I'm often stymied as to why someone is considered a "pundit" on an issue, and why the administration has to respond to her rather than simply say "She does not represent anyone but herself."

        •  I think, technically, you're (0+ / 0-)

          right, but she said this on some news show, right?, and she's in some way or form in opposition to Romney which by default makes her an Obama surrogate.    I mean, that's sort of how I taker her, much less a rabid Repube.

          From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

          by satrap on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 06:41:40 AM PDT

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          •  I always wonder about "pundits" (5+ / 0-)
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            The various cable shows, in their effort to keep someone talking all day, hire whomever is handy. I'm not criticising Rosen, just saying that the campaign would have no say on whom the cable channel hired.

            Look at the folks that Faux calls "Democrats" and hires to create the effect of "fair and balanced" on their talk shows.

            "Enemy of my enemy" doesn't make her a rep of the administration. That said, I think that her awkward statement wasn't totally wrong, as per my other comments above.

          •  Oh stop (2+ / 0-)
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            Rosen is a Villager who trades on creating sharp, clever barbs designed to "win the news cycle." It's how she gets to "pundit" another day.

            The reason she has been given a "yellow card" in this kerfuffle is that the Right Wing Noise Machine owns the referees, too.

            Rosen made the pundit class equivalent of spilling her glass of Merlot at a cocktail party, and you want her arrested for wanton destruction of private property.

            When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

            by Egalitare on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 07:43:21 AM PDT

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          •  That doesn't make her surrogate (1+ / 0-)
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            I learned a long time ago that to be considered a surrogate for a candidate requires strong integration into the campaign.  Very few people are official campaign surrogates.  Hillary Rosen most certainly is NOT a surrogate.

            She was on Faux news.  The usual Faux bullshit of bringing in a "token Democrat" to beat on.  For all I know, she was a ringer used to setup this Faux outrage.

            "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

            by noofsh on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 08:12:17 AM PDT

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    •  EXACTLY (10+ / 0-)

      You said exactly what I was going to say (and probably better than I would have).  Mittens was the one who made  his wife his adviser on women's affairs.  It's hardly unreasonable to point out that the choice was absurd.  Her life is not remotely close to the lives of 99% of Americans.  It doesn't mean she isn't nice, it means Mitt's judgement is poor.

      explain how letting gays marry will directly affect your own heterosexual relationship?

      by bluestatesam on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 07:05:51 AM PDT

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