What could possibly move Ann Romney to start using Twitter? How about an attack on her credentials as a "working" mom?
It all began last night on Anderson Cooper's night time CNN show when liberal strategist Hilary Rosen criticized Mitt Romney for leaning on his wife, Ann, when it comes to women's economic issues. Romney has previously said that he knows that the issue woman care most about is the economy, because his wife told him so. Rosen, who was formerly the head of the of the hated music lobby group the Recording Industry Association of America, criticized that approach by saying that "His wife has actually never worked a day in her life." That comment opened the door for the Romney camp, which leapt into a lightning fast counter-attack mode that included getting Ann Romney herself to fire off her first (and so far, only) tweet.
I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.— Ann Romney (@AnnDRomney) April 12, 2012
Others supporters quickly piled on Rosen accusing her — and by extension President Obama — of attacking stay-at-home moms. The President's advisers quickly tried to distance themselves from Rosen, even though she doesn't work for (and hasn't even given money to) the campaign. Ann Romney's son leapt to her defense. Rosen herself, quickly took to The Huffington Post ... not to apologize, but to clarify and then reiterate her complaints. And so on....
The entire episode is interesting not for the arguments it raises, but for the ones it obscures. First, it played out with remarkable speed. Rosen's rebuttal to the rebuttal was online barely an hour after Cooper's show went off the air. The Romney campaign's response was so quick and so overwhelming that this mini-news cycle was over before most people knew it happened.