NOW: Stay at Home Mom Ann Romney “Lacks Life Experience”

Opinion   |   Andrew Bair   |   Apr 13, 2012   |   3:20PM   |   Washington, DC

As Democratic leaders seek to quickly bury the comments made by DNC adviser Hilary Rosen attacking Ann Romney for being a stay-at-home mother, pro-abortion groups are not retreating but rather fanning the fire.

Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), went on MSNBC to further attack Ann Romney, saying she lacks “life experience” and “imagination” to relate to most Americans.  Ann Romney may not fit the mold for the radical feminist movement, but her full-time work to raise five boys and her battles against both breast cancer and multiple sclerosis are nothing less than admirable.

O’Neill is sorely mistaken if she believes Ann Romney’s struggles do not resonate with mothers across the country from all socio-economic backgrounds.



The controversy over Rosen’s comments led her to apologize to Ann Romney yesterday. Yet, O’Neill continued to hammer home Rosen’s point, which had insulted stay-at-home mothers nationwide.

“What would we be saying if Hillary Clinton had said this: that Ann Romney has never, has not worked for pay outside the home a day in her life?  That’s my understanding that’s an accurate statement, and that raises the exact issue that Hilary Rosen was trying to get to, which is do Mr. & Mrs. Romney have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now? I think that that was what Hilary was getting out, and so she left out the words “for pay outside the home,” O’Neill said.

(It’s fascinating O’Neill would attack Mitt and Ann Romney for their experience to take on the job of the presidency after her organization supported Barack Obama in 2008, a senator from Illinois with no executive or business experience who had served just a year in the US Senate before deciding to run for president.)

Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who has experienced firsthand attacks from the Left on her family and her career choices, told Sean Hannity last night on Fox News that Rosen’s comments “have awakened many Mama Grizzlies across the nation.”

Palin said she had experienced a wave of texts and emails from friends and mothers across the country enraged by Rosen’s attack on Ann Romney’s motherhood. In the interview, Palin read a text from her sister who noted the same people attacking Ann Romney for working full-time in the home were the ones who claimed Palin was ineligible for the vice presidential job because she had young children. “Here’s the hypocrisy. They are not for women’s choices and equality and respecting a woman’s personal values or the choices she wants to make unless it has to do with that woman embracing their radical Left agenda,” Palin said.