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Juan Williams stuns Fox News panel: Ann Romney just a ‘corporate wife’

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams

Once in a blue moon, Juan Williams drinks a cup of courage and tells his co-workers at Fox News the TRUTH….

The Raw Story

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams shocked his fellow panelists during Tuesday night’s Republican National Convention when he went off script and said that Ann Romney was just a “corporate wife” whose husband takes care of her.

Following Ann Romney’s convention speech, the conservative panelists all offered praise for the presidential nominee’s wife, calling it a “triumph” and “utterly affecting.”

But Williams apparently wasn’t impressed, saying that she “looked to me like a corporate wife.”

“The stories she told about struggles, it’s hard for me to believe,” he explained. “I mean, she’s a very rich woman, and I know that, and America knows that.”

“Wow, OK,” panel host Brett Baier replied.

“What does that mean, corporate wife?” Megyn Kelly pressed.

“It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life,”  Williams observed. “She’s not speaking, I think, for the tremendous number of single women in this country or married women or separated — she did not convince me that, ‘You know what? I understand the struggles of American women in general.”

Baier asked Brit Hume if that was the same speech that he had heard.

“I think that was the single most effective political speech I’ve ever heard given by a political wife,” Hume insisted. “I think a lot of women would look at her — particularly mothers, married women — and find her utterly admirable and utterly credible.”

Earlier this year, similar comments made by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” were met with outrage at Fox News.

“The comments that Hillary Rosen made today certainly have awakened many mama grizzlies across the nation,” Fox News contributor Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity at the time. “And I know that because I got a lot of emails today — a lot of text messages from apolitical girlfriends, some who have chosen to stay home over the years.”

“The message seems to be that why is it that some on the left choose to divide, to incite with comments with comments like that instead of just respecting women’s choices and what they want to do with the gifts that God has given them, how they want to contribute,” she added.

Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast Aug. 29, 2012.

U.S. Politics

Ann Romney’s snobbish snub


Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks with ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer at Fenway Park baseball stadium in Boston, Monday, April 16, 2012. (Credit: AP/Steven Senne)

I think everyone I know had the same reaction to Ann Romney’s words…you people.  However, I’m ahead of myself so I’ll let the Salon article put it in context…


Ross Perot suffered for calling black voters “you people,” but 20 years on, we’re all “you people” to GOP elitists

Are we allowed to criticize Ann Romney yet? I have a call into Hilary Rosen, but she hasn’t gotten back to me.

I’m thinking that with Mitt Romney’s shot at Teresa Heinz Kerry the other day, for not releasing sufficient information from her personal tax returns, maybe we’re beyond the “wives are off-limits” phase of the campaign. Or maybe “wives are off-limits” always applies, but only to Republican wives.

Whatever. I find it impossible not to comment on Ann Romney Antoinette’s remark that her husband has provided enough tax information to “you people.” Or as she told ABC News: “We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life.” Like everyone else, I immediately thought of the trouble Ross Perot caused for himself when he referred to the NAACP audience as “you people” in 1992. It’s so disrespectful.

Now, it may be OK, in some circles, to call the media “you people,” which is what Romney would probably argue she was doing. But in fact, she’s talking to American voters, a majority of whom (including a third of Republicans) want the Romneys share more tax returns,according to a USAToday poll released Thursday. The poll didn’t ask whether voters would like more information generally about how the Romneys “live our life,” but that seems if anything an even more arrogant and elitist reaction from Romney.

Ann Romney’s comment about “you people” is particularly fascinating to me because I can’t get over the way the contemporary right has taken insults they once reserved for African-Americans and applied them to a much broader swath of the country, including white folks, who happen to make up 90 percent of their base. The obvious example I’ve written about before is Charles Murray’s “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010,” which blames the hard times suffered by the white working class on its own laziness, aversion to marriage, and fondness for the dole – the same personal traits he blamed for African-American poverty in the 1980s.

Ann Romney is too well-bred to call African-Americans “you people” in public, of course, especially after what happened to Ross Perot. But she obviously has no problem referring to other folks she holds in contempt that way. Of course Romney has displayed contempt for certain African-Americans – like when she and her husband told the Obamas to “start packing,” because in Ann’s words, “It’s Mitt’s time. It’s our turn now,” to live in the White House. As if the Obamas were troublesome tenants who’d overstayed their welcome in the home that rightly belongs to the Romneys.

She displayed her plutocratic sense of entitlement when she proclaimed Hilary Rosen’s remarks about her stay-at-home-mom status “a birthday present.” Romney’s sincere reaction wasn’t outrage but opportunism; she enjoyed the sight of Rosen being grilled on a spit over a bipartisan open flame. Good to know it’s all about you, Ann.

Politico and other mainstream media Romney defenders think some of us are being unfair focusing on the Romneys’ wealth and “the way we live our lives,” in Ann’s snippy terms. They think it’s mean to talk about Romney’s dressage habit, which involves a really expensive horse now headed to the Olympics, whose care and feeding allowed the Romneys to take a $77,000 tax deduction. That’s almost twice the median wage in this country.

But in a time of unprecedented income inequality, the Romneys’ wealth, tax history, lifestyle and values are absolutely fair game. And so is Ann Romney’s barely repressed elitism.

We’re all “you people” to the Romneys. It’s good to know.



Fox News Lies

Fox News contributor blames Obama’s ‘disdain’ for women on ‘Marxist’ father

Fox News contributor Sandy Rios


The Raw Story

A conservative Fox News contributor insisted on Monday that President Barack Obama had a “disdain” for women that he learned from his “Marxist” father and “communist” mentor.

Fox News contributor Sandy Rios, who is vice president of the conservative political action committee Family-PAC Federal, told host Sean Hannity that Obama did not disagree with CNN contributor Hilary Rosen’s assertion that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.”

“His father was a Marxist, his mentor was Marxist,” Rios explained. “The Marxist theory on women is that they should work just like men. There’s a total dripping disdain for women who stay at home and take care of their children. … This is not an accident. This is what they believe. They hold people like Ann Romney and others of us that have stayed home with our children in complete disregard and disdain.”

“That is not what Barack Obama believes,” Democratic Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers disagreed. “You don’t know what you are talking about. You’re making up stuff.”

“Frank Marshall Davis was a communist, that was his mentor,” Rios replied. “His father was a Marxist.”

As Slate’s David Weigel noted last year, “Obama’s past and philosophy makes it very clear that he only read up seriously on socialism and Marxism when he got to Columbia.”

“There is no evidence that Obama ever read his father’s economic papers; if he did, it’s unclear how dense tracts about the problems of post-colonial Kenya would have influenced his thinking about American urban/class politics and economics.”

And contrary to Rios’ claims, Obama has spoken out against Rosen’s remarks, saying it was “the wrong thing to say.”

“It’s not something that I subscribe to,” the president told WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio last week.

 Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast April 16, 2012.

Women's Health · Women's Rights

916 Anti-Women Bills Introduced By The GOP Since March 2011

The record is clear.  While the GOP claims there is no “war on women”, “anti-women bills” continue to be circulated in almost every state in the union…

Addicting Info

The GOP would have you believe there’s no war on women after they started the war on women. The first opportunity they had to deflect attention away was when Hilary Rosen, off the top of her head, made the comment that Ann Romney never worked a day in her life. We all know what she meant but it gave the right ammunition to turn it into the war on moms. Just so we’re clear, there is no war on moms. That’s just plain malarkey and everyone, including Republicans know it.

The Guttmacher Group compiled fascinating research, proving without a doubt, the war on women in America is indeed real. Since taking over the House in 2010, Republicans have introduced 916 anti-women Bills related to reproductive rights.

Some of these Bills include:

Mandated  pre-abortion ultrasounds.

Revised sex education laws to require schools districts to provide abstinence-only sex education while permitting discussion of contraception only with prior approval from the state.

23 states introduced 57 measures that would restrict abortions in all insurance plans.

That’s only the tip of the iceberg. You can view all on their site.

The GOP refuses to understand women are simply NOT going to allow government to strip away the rights we’ve been living with for decades. Most astonishing is the fact that Republican women are so lost in their own delusions, fear and racism that they don’t get they are voting against their own best interests. Much like a battered woman defends a physically abusive relationship.

As a result of the war on women, many women have decided enough is enough. UniteWomen.Org, started in March by Karen Teegarden and Desiree Jordan last month, has organized a one day march in every state around the country. I will be representing Rock The Slut Vote as their Spokeswoman in Sacramento, California.

If you are a woman who is sick and tired of the GOP attempting to take away your rights, please come join us. This is not the time to be apathetic. It’s time to have your voice heard!!!


Ann Romney: Hilary Rosen Controversy Was ‘My Early Birthday Present’

Ann Romney Hilary RosenHmmmm….

The Huffington Post

During a closed-door fundraiser in Florida, Ann Romney described Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s recent criticism of her choosing to be a stay-at-home mother as an “early birthday present,” according to a report by NBC News.

While speaking at the fundraiser for her husband Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, Ann Romney told the audience that Rosen’s slam was a boon to her and her husband’s campaign.

“It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and that was really a defining moment, and I loved it,” Romney said.

Mitt Romney, speaking after his wife, also said that the media’s nonstop coverage of Rosen’s criticism, along with the ensuing “war on moms,” was a “gift” in the early stages of his general election push.

Rosen, who is unaffiliated with President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, caused a political firestorm last week when she criticized Romney for turning to his wife, who has “never worked a day in her life,” for advice on women’s economic concerns. While the Obama camp was quick to distance itself from the controversial remarks, the Romney camp seized on the remarks and turned it into a  fundraising push and rallying cry.

“My career choice was to be a mother, and I think all of us need to know that we need to respect the choices women make,” Ann Romney told Fox News last week.

Mitt Romney


There he goes again…

The Huffington Post

Poor women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child care so that they can enter the job market and “have the dignity of work,” Mitt Romney said in January, undercutting the sense of extreme umbrage he showed when Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen quipped last week that Ann Romney had not “worked a day in her life.”

The remark, made to a Manchester, N.H., audience, was unearthed by MSNBC’s “Up w/Chris Hayes,” and aired during the 8 a.m. hour of his show Sunday.

Ann Romney and her husband’s campaign fired back hard at Rosen following her remark. “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Romney said on Twitter.

Mitt Romney, however, judging by his January remark, views stay-at-home moms who are supported by federal assistance much differently than those backed by hundreds of millions in private equity income. Poor women, he said, shouldn’t be given a choice, but instead should be required to work outside the home to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. “[E]ven if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work,” Romney said of moms on TANF.

Recalling his effort as governor to increase the amount of time women on welfare in Massachusetts were required to work, Romney noted that some had considered his proposal “heartless,” but he argued that the women would be better off having “the dignity of work” — a suggestion Ann Romney would likely take issue with.

“I wanted to increase the work requirement,” said Romney. “I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.'”

Regardless of its level of dignity, for Ann Romney, her work raising her children would not have fulfilled her work requirement had she been on TANF benefits. As HuffPost reported Thursday:

As far as Uncle Sam is concerned, if you’re poor, deciding to stay at home and rear your children is not an option. Thanks to welfare reform, recipients of federal benefits must prove to a caseworker that they have performed, over the course of a week, a certain number of hours of “work activity.” That number changes from state to state, and each state has discretion as to how narrowly work is defined, but federal law lists 12 broad categories that are covered.Raising children is not among them.

According to a 2006 Congressional Research Service report, the dozen activities that fulfill the work requirement are:

(1) unsubsidized employment
(2) subsidized private sector employment
(3) subsidized public sector employment
(4) work experience
(5) on-the-job training
(6) job search and job readiness assistance
(7) community services programs
(8) vocational educational training
(9) job skills training directly related to employment
(10) education directly related to employment (for those without a high school degree or equivalent)
(11) satisfactory attendance at a secondary school
(12) provision of child care to a participant of a community service program

The only child-care related activity on the list is the last one, which would allow someone to care for someone else’s child if that person were off volunteering. But it does not apply to married couples in some states. Connecticut, for instance, specifically prevents counting as “work” an instance in which one parent watches a child while the other parent volunteers.

The federal government does at least implicitly acknowledge the value of child care, though not for married couples. According to a 2012 Urban Institute study, a single mother is required to work 30 hours a week, but the requirement drops to 20 hours if she has a child under 6. A married woman, such as Romney, would not be entitled to such a reduction in the requirement. If a married couple receives federally funded child care, the work requirement increases by 20 hours, from 35 hours to 55 hours between the two of them, another implicit acknowledgment of the value of stay-at-home work.

Romney’s January view echoes a remark he made in 1994 during his failed Senate campaign. “This is a different world than it was in the 1960s when I was growing up, when you used to have Mom at home and Dad at work,” Romney said, as shown in a video posted by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski. “Now Mom and Dad both have to work whether they want to or not, and usually one of them has two jobs.”

Politico top quotes of the week

The week in one-liners: Rosen, Frank, Bush


The top quotes in politics …

“Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law.” — Sen. Chuck Grassley dissing President Obama on Twitter.

“It’s the most godawful human activity that doesn’t involve physical pain.” — Rep. Barney Frank talking about campaigning.

“His wife has actually never worked a day in her life.” — Democratic operative Hilary Rosen going after Ann Romney.

“Raising George Walker was not easy.” — Former first lady Barbara Bush weighing in.

“I really don’t.” — Former President George W. Bush on whether or not he misses the job.

“If there’s one thing we can give John Boehner credit for, it’s that he made it OK to cry in public.” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi knocking her successor.

“Yeah, from this angle, your hair’s getting kind of thin.”  — First lady Michelle Obama joking with Stephen Colbert.