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After being attacked by liberal commentator Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney joined Twitter Wednesday night to dispute the idea that she hadn’t “worked a day in her life.”
Rosen’s criticism, broadcast as part of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, came on the heels of campaign stops in which Ann’s husband, assumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney, had appealed directly to women. Romney -- or “The #Rominee” as he’s come to be known on Twitter since rival Rick Santorum dropped out of the GOP race earlier this week -- has struggled to gain support among women voters who are expected to play a key role in November’s general election and many pundits believe Ann may be his golden ticket to the Oval Office.
Mrs. Romney, whose resume may not boast the corporate positions that pepper her husband’s work history, countered Rosen’s charge with a simple statement, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” she tweeted, leaving more drawn out rebuttals to other Twitter users who were happy to come to her defense. Despite being the wife of an oft-criticized millionaire presidential candidate who can’t seem to refrain from mentioning how many friends he has in high places, Ann Romney has enjoyed a mostly positive reception from the American public thus far.
Aside from being a homemaker and mother of five, Ann is a multiple sclerosis sufferer and former first lady of Massachusetts who has worked extensively, both as a liaison for the governor’s office while her husband was in office and with several children’s charities. While those positions were unpaid, she’s certainly “worked a day in her life.” As America watches yet another budget fiasco unfold in Washington however, I have to wonder if the prospective first lady’s economic wherewithal will really matter.
Ann’s fellow American women -- working and homemaking alike -- may be trying to spend carefully, save wisely and buy life insurance so as not to leave their children deeply in debt, facing a personal deficit that would ruin their lives, but their politicians seem to be failing at it on even the most basic level.
Women may or may not be able to identify with Ann’s homemaking and unpaid work history, but they can almost certainly identify with her desire to see her family inherit a better America and the hard work it’s going to take to get there. The question is do they believe her husband and his party have what it takes to get there?
Come to think of it, if Ann has offered her husband such an invaluable look into the economic concerns of American women maybe we should put her to work on the budget now. She knows hard work, after all; she’s raised five boys. Six, if you count “Mittens.”
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