Okay, Talk of the Nation (NPR) today had Abe laser, Richard Hornsby, Geoffrey Corn, Will Doig, Kathleen Hughes, Dorian Mintzer and Mary Elizabeth Williams. I thought Mary Elizabeth Williams was an important guest and the best one the program had all week. I wish they'd do a follow up with her. Although the segment's around 16 minutes long, it really seemed like it had just started and then BOOM it was over. That's how it is with good radio.
Ann Romney. C.I., Gina, Krista and I wrote a humorous piece for the round-robin.
Backing up. Democrat strategist Hilary Rosen (not affiliated with Barack's re-election campaign) went on CNN Wednesday night to attack Mitt Romney and decided, what the hell, I'll go for Ann too.
So she very snidely declared that Ann Romney wasn't qualified to advise her husband on anything to do with economics because Ann's never worked "a day in her life."
Ann Romney is a stay-at-home mother. She and Mitt have five sons. That is so insulting to her and to all women, it really is.
And as C.I. notes in the roundtable we all did for the round-robin, 'Let's carry this out. Hilary Rosen says this week that a woman can't talk about economics because she's 'just' a stay-at-home mom. Next week, when Rush Limbaugh or Bill Mahr is saying that women who have children -- whether they work outside the home or not -- can't talk abotu economics because they're mothers, how do we fight back on that, how do we push back after we've already allowed Rosen to take us half-way down that road?'
It's a good point.
(And if you're saying, "Damn it, Ann! You've spoiled the roundtable for me." That's the opening. Gina does her brief set up as usual, then tosses straight to C.I. who says what I semi-quoted her saying above. So I've not spoiled the roundtable for you, trust me.)
I feel sorry for Ann Romney. She didn't deserve that. I think she handled herself very well today when she responded (I streamed it online). I also think Michelle Obama did a really important thing today and I applaud her. And I'm not big on Michelle Obama. But by Tweeting what she Tweeted, she really helped re-set the conversation.
If she never does anything else as First Lady, she should be noted for that in the history books. Because she could have been silent or she could have offered, "I wish people would get along." Instead, she chose to Tweet something that basically says, "I'm a woman too and I'm not going to be silent while another woman gets trashed for something she doesn't need to be slammed for."
My opinion of Michelle Obama really increased today.
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