But It’s Still Okay for a Senate Leader to Call the President 'Stupid'
The lead story on NBC News Thursday night and the lead story in much of the rest of the news media was a story about Hilary Rosen. How many Americans have heard of Hilary Rosen? Well outside of her immediate family and the few people who still watch CNN, probably no one. What is her connection to the President and Democrats? Well she is regarded as a Democratic party operative.
So when Ms. Rosen made one of the stupider statements spoken thus far in the Presidential campaign, castigating Anne Romney for not working and staying home and raising a family the reaction from the media should have been to note the ignorance behind the statement and move on. But the media doesn’t operate that way, it sorely wants to make an issue out of something that is not an issue, and so the comments made by Ms. Rosen have immediately been attributed to the President and Democrats.
Thus the President and Democrats had to go on the defensive and defend their record on women’s rights against a party and a candidate that wants to deny women many basic rights.
“There is no tougher job than being a mom,” President Obama told a Cedar Rapids television station, mentioning his own wife and mother. He added, “I don’t have a lot of patience for commentary about the spouses of political candidates. My general view is those of us who are in the public life, we’re fair game. Our families are civilians.”
“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” campaign manager Jim Messina said in a tweet.
Top strategist David Axelrod chimed in: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
Michelle Obama added, saying “every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected.”
NBC Anchor Brian Williams said on the nightly news that this is a story that will not go away soon. Of course not, he and his cohorts will not let it go away. After all if they can make Mr. Romney more competitive they have more stories and news to report.
The story here is not really the stupid and offensive comments by a non-entity, it is about generating negative news about the Obama campaign and the President’s position in order to promote an election year story. And hopefully the Obama campaign will get the message, they are not just running against Republicans, they are running against a national media that desperately wants stories whether they are important or not.
Oh yes, as far as making offensive statements there is the point that Sen. Grassley a Republican leader called the President ‘Stupid’. But that’s okay, see it’s alright if Republicans say ugly and offensive things, everybody expects it of them so it’s not really news.