Here's what Rosen said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees": "What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that's what I'm hearing. Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing."
Here is what Peggy Noonan said about Rosen's mega faux pas:
What is the biggest gift Romney has been given this year by the Democratic party? Hilary Rosen's ill thought, ill-spoken, snotty remark that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life."
Ann Romney raised five children with a husband who sometimes traveled. A mother of five will be suffering from exhaustion, not laziness, and certainly not a lack of engagement in the realities and stresses of life. Where do the Democrats get these spokesmen who are so unsympathetic, so narrow in their vision and understanding of women's lives? What are they launching, a war on women?
As reported by the Washington Examiner, "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.
The nasty and downright stupid attack on Ann Romney prompted her to turn to the Twitterverse. Ann Romney is now on Twitter and winning the argument. Her handle: @AnnDRomney and I suggest you follow her. She is not one to remain silent and she is no wallflower. The Democrats are afraid of her, in case you didn't already understand that fact.
Mrs. Romney tweeted, as her first tweet: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”
What woman in America doesn't understand that?
The irony is that the buzz was that Rosen was sent out to soften up the shrill and nasty rhetoric coming out of the mouth of the DNC Chairwoman, Rep Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, (D-FL). Talk about a miserable failure in messaging. Not only did Rosen hit at the standard class warfare message from the Democrats - Ann Romney is the wife of a wealthy, successful business man - but also that Ann Romney made the choice to stay at home and raise a family and run a household instead of working outside the home. Wow. Talk about tone deaf.
What about the liberal women who are stay at home moms or just working from home? Are they lesser citizens, too? Are their voices not to be heard? It is a mistake to think that the only women choosing to stay at home with children and family obligations are conservative women.
Ann Romney is an educated and opinionated woman. She is an adviser to her husband. There is no breaking news here. As a former First Lady of the State of Massachusetts, she is no stranger to the world of politics. If the Democrats were counting on Ann Romney being a shrinking wallflower, not standing up for her life choices and for her husband's run for President, the Democrats are mistaken.
Ann Romney is a breast cancer survivor and battles MS while leading a life of public service to her country and holding dear her position of matriarch within her own family. She is a strong, conservative woman. Most of all, she is a fighter.