My Mental War

Recently, Missy and I debated whether Obama spoke out of ignorance or calculation when he said that overturning his healthcare law would be “unprecedented.”

Today I find myself mentally debating this question again, this time about Hilary Rosen’s “never worked a day in her life” schtick.

Was it a gaffe, in which she let the mask slip?  Or was it calculated to distract us from The Real Issue?

I wrestle with this mental debate a lot, and I can never truly make up my mind.  Neither answer satisfies my rather unfortunate urge to understand these people because either way, the truth is unsettling.

Take Ms. Rosen’s case, for example.  Either she is disdainful of women who (if they are “rich enough” to have the “luxury” of the choice) decide not to work, or she is willing to say anything with a straight face if it will benefit her political party.

Which is it?  And did you notice how clever that little limitation is?  The disdain is reserved only for the rich stay-at-home moms, ‘natch.  Disparaging the opinions of all stay-at-home moms would be beyond the pale, even for the most leftist of the left.

Of course, this limitation only works if it’s true.  First, it must be true that rich persons cannot understand the difficulties of the poor.  In other words, there is no such thing as empathy in Ms. Rosen’s world.

Second, it must be true that staying home is a luxury reserved for the wealthy.  And oh, looky, right on cue, the President enters stage left with his ridiculous claim that they couldn’t afford the “luxury” of Michelle staying home.  (Never-you-mind about the First Lady’s opinion.  That was way back in 2007 when she said that staying home makes her ill.)

Do you know what?

I’m tired of wondering whether these people are actually thick enough to believe the ridiculous things they say.

Is it purely partisan political hackery?  Or do they really believe that only the rich can live comfortably on one income?  If so, then the Obamas and the Rosens may as well live on the moon, they are so far out of touch.  Come on over to my house, guys.  Meet me and all my stay-at-home mom buddies.  We exist.  None of us are even the teensiest bit rich.

Oh, no.  See what I’m doing?  Mentally debating the “ignorance v. calculation” question.  Again!  I may need professional help.

It’s just . . . I’m confused.  I can’t even keep up with the various lines of reasoning.  Does the left believe there is a real Republican War on Women?  (In which women are dying!  Dying!  Because evil conservatives are killing them during childbirth!)

Or not?  Because we have Ms. Rosen saying the Democrats had actually never used the phrase “War on Women,” and that it was a Republican invention.

Wait.  Is it really . . . Obama’s War on Women?

Okay.  I guess I’m done.  I thought I’d have something more meaningful to say about The Left and The Right and The Staying Home and The Mommy Wars, which is normally like crack to my little brain.

Yet, here I am too far into a post to just delete it, and with nothing more meaningful to add than this:  it doesn’t matter what we say anymore.  We’d probably be better off not responding at all.

Ann Kane at The American Thinker says it best:

“Wouldn’t it be cool if he next time the Left entices us with some manufactured crisis, we just ignore it and continue on with exposing what’s really going on?”

UPDATE:  John Malcolm takes a stance opposite from Ann Kane, and his argument (via Red State) is quite effective:

“Contrary to what a lot of folks on our side are saying these attacks are far more important to defend against than obsessing over Romney’s position on Afghanistan or the capital gains tax because this election is not going to be fought over issues and ideas. . . .  Obama . . . doesn’t have issues and he doesn’t have accomplishments so all that is left to him is to tear down Romney.

If he can convince you that Romney is a cross between Scrooge McDuck and Moe Howard who adheres to a very strange set of religious beliefs then he wins.”

Cross-posted at Disrupt The Narrative.  Hop on over there, too.  You know you want to!

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16 thoughts on “My Mental War

  1. Annie 15 April 2012 at 8:22 pm Reply

    IMHO, when liberals ‘let it slip’ it is often under the guise of “I didn’t know any better” or some such nonsense. When in actuality, these remarks are strategically placed. Not always, though. And I must point out that liberals don’t have a ‘corner on this market.’ Truth be told, I’m sure conservatives suffer from ‘open mouth insert foot’ disease, too.

    But, something tells me that in the two examples that you cite, a bit of malice-or maybe just stirring the pot!- was intended.

  2. thatmrgguy 15 April 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply

    It was one of those “Lets throw it on the wall and see if it sticks” moments. It just slid right off the wall onto the floor, really embarrassing the lefties.

  3. Bob 15 April 2012 at 9:23 pm Reply

    People who think only rich folks can survive on one income are hopelessly out of touch with the real world. I’ve been a full time mother for 33 years and we’re not rich — never have been, never will be. Neither are any of the other full-time mothers I know. We’re just very resourceful, and we know how to distinguish needs from wants.

  4. neenergyobserver 15 April 2012 at 10:28 pm Reply

    What everybody said and this: I think you know the answer to your question, It’s some of each. And I think Ms. Kane has an intriguing idea.

  5. heathermc 15 April 2012 at 10:38 pm Reply

    Don’t underestimate the thickness of the bubble in which Hilary Rosen lives. Almost the entire culture has been Left leaning for the past 3 generations. The only difference now, is that there is the Internet and etc, and so there are other voices in the public square. Obama has never really left the green lawns of Chicago’s Hyde Park area, he has never had to work for his living, and he believes he is a very intelligent well educated cosmopolitan person… which he is NOT.

    Remember when Katie Couric was so pleased to get that job as an evening news anchor? She thought she had hit the apex of the communications pyramid… but the pyramid she worshipped was crumbling and just plain old.

    You are home schooling your 2 boys, and there are all sorts of institutions that cater to your needs in that job, institutions/information sources/ that did not exist a few years ago. The education system you are leaving is in as great shape as CBS, NBC and ABC, ie, quietly, inevitably, failing.

    The wonderful result of Hilary Rosen’s opinion about women and work; and “Critical Race Theory” is that these are ASSUMED by the so many in the media, and also the universities and the old line newspapers. So it is worth our discussing all of this, and by doing so, wiping away the fog of rotten ideas from our own minds, and hopefully, from the minds of others. And it is about time, too.

  6. edge of the sandbox 16 April 2012 at 12:31 am Reply

    I wish I had something insightful to say, but I think I have a horrible case of mommy brain today.
    Hilary Rosen and all of them got what was coming to them… I don’t think that was time wasted.

    • KingShamus 18 April 2012 at 12:34 pm Reply

      Bingo.

      The Left lives in it’s bubble. It’s always good when they expose themselves as the sheltered weirdos that they truly are.

  7. flyoverhere 16 April 2012 at 10:47 am Reply

    I can totally relate to writing something that winds up being not what you intended. Happens to me all the time. As for expecting to discern ‘truth from fiction’ coming out of a politicians mouth I think it is futile, IMHO. The Bible tells us that we can know a tree by its fruit. That means instead of relying on the actual words spoken we need to look and see if their fruit matches the tree it claims to be growing on…..

  8. AFVET 17 April 2012 at 11:28 am Reply

    In reference to your first paragraph, I surmise that the most intelligent president to ever grace the White House did not misspeak out of ignorance, rather, he was speaking TO the ignorant.
    The emporer has no clothes.
    Great post Linda.

  9. AHLondon (@AHLondon_Tex) 17 April 2012 at 11:30 am Reply

    There is something about this that is trying to get out of my head, especially the bit, Althouse link, about the merger of a class war and gender war. The left isn’t about choice, never has been. They use language of choice when they think they are safe because there isn’t a choice, in this instance, moms who have to work either for food and shelter or sanity reasons. Ann is under attack because she is the mom who can truly choose: work with full time care or home with as much care as she wants. So for the women without practical constraints, choosing housewifery is a bad choice. This is what women intuitively understand about the Ann attack. Something like that. Like you, this is bouncing around in my head, trying to come together for some major point.

  10. nooneofanyimport 18 April 2012 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Hi Annie! Yeah, definitely some level of “stirring the pot” going on, but the question of how much of it is sincere and how much pure fakery sure drives me crazy, LOL.

    Mr. G! Thanks for bringing up the good part, which is it did indeed seem to cause the dems embarrassment. I’ve heard the idea that even this was purposeful, as a way to provide future cover if Michelle becomes a campaign target, but to me that is a stretch. Being as unfamiliar with the concept of “unintended consequences” as they are, it seems more likely that embarrassment wasn’t intended.

    Bob, amen! I mean, talk about insulting a swathe of the population. They have to actually pretend that people like you and me don’t even exist!

    Nebraska, you baby splitter, you, LOL. And you are right of course, because in the group that is “the left,” there will always be some true believers, some pure opportunists and some in between.

    Heather, the bigger picture is helpful, thx for it. I have a hard time imagining what life is like for these folks, in the media, in the beltway, in the liberal academia. I’m always underestimating the thickness of the bubble.

    Missy, I’m glad you think the time spent responding to Rosen wasn’t wasted. Now that a few days have passed, I guess I don’t either. And anway, the left wasted every bit as much strategy and effort; maybe even more. Because this ended up embarrassing them.

    FlyOverHere, you are very wise to remind us of that. I suppose that’s why I get so frustrated trying to decide what they really believe–because it’s futile, and I should just be focusing on their fruit, the results of their efforts.

    AHLondon: “So for the women without practical constraints, choosing housewifery is a bad choice.” Ahh! Thank you AH! You have distilled my post’s point into a much more effective statement. That is exactly the kind of sentiment that I was trying to express: yeah, their focus was to attack the Romneys as rich and to attack the rich as out of touch, BUT. When they try to do so in the context of Ann choosing to stay home, then by de facto they are relying on the idea that staying home is not as valid a choice (when the “luxurious” choice exists).

    This was the unintended part, I think. Folks like Rosen are so ingrained with the idea that staying home is less desirable, that she didn’t even notice that “demeaning all SAHMs” angle to her “Ann is so rich” argument. That is the part that ended up embarrassing them.

    as always, I sure appreciate all the added thoughts in the comments section. Thanks.
    Lin

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