Left-wing Lies about Mitt Romney

The broader subject of liberal departures from the truth is covered on another page.

At the time this page was created, Mitt Romney appeared to be the Republican presidential nominee, and the left-wing propaganda machine went into action, producing a demonstrably false political advertisement in which Mitt Romney was essentially blamed for the death of a woman to whom he had no connection at all.  If Mr. Romney becomes the next U.S. President, this page will likely grow quite large.

The Infamous 'Romney Killed My Wife!' Ad

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Bill Burton and Obama are Sick Human Beings.  Longtime Obama political honcho Bill Burton, now head of a main pro-Obama super-PAC, has the single sickest, vilest, most reprehensible ad since the NAACP blamed G.W. Bush for the truck-dragging deaths of a Texas black man.  The ad effectively blames Romney for the cancer death of the wife of a former worker at a Bain Capital-rescued steel mill that later closed down.

Obama campaign no stranger to steelworker in disputed ad.  The former Kansas City steelworker featured in a scathing ad tying his wife's death to Mitt Romney has appeared in Obama campaign videos before — despite claims by a top Obama adviser Wednesday [8/8/2012] that he doesn't know "the specifics of this man's case" amid revelations that the ad is inaccurate and misleading.

Obama campaign aide accused of lying over anti-Romney ad, ties to steelworker.  Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter appeared on CNN Wednesday morning [8/8/2012] to say, among other things, that "I don't know the facts" about the case of Joe Soptic, a steelworker who appeared in a controversial ad for the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA. [...] Yet in May of this year, Cutter herself hosted a conference call in which Soptic detailed his case to reporters.

Steel worker's wife had her OWN health insurance.  [Joe] Soptic says Romney doesn't know what his private equity firm did to workers, 'and further, I don't think he's concerned.'  However, it has come to light that Mrs Soptic had her own health insurance from her employer for years after her husband was laid off.  Furthermore, the plant closed in 2001 — when Romney was no longer involved in the daily operation of the company — and Mrs Soptic died five years later in 2006.

Star of Obama Super PAC ad Won't Comment on Ad's Premise.  Joe Soptic is the star of the controversial Obama super PAC ad that suggests Mitt Romney's actions at Bain Capital are responsible for his wife's death in 2006. [...] But, after the ad has been roundly rebuked by folks on the left and right, Soptic appears to be backing down.

Why Team Obama Ran with the Dishonest 'Mitt Killed My Wife!' Ad.  The Obama team ran four years ago selling a product that didn't exist.  They created a hologram dream candidate, multi-racial, capable of great oratorical performances as long as he stuck to the script, with not much of a legislative record that could be used against him, and with a career prior to politics that could be made to sound romantic rather than fringe.  He was a teacher!  He organized communities!  He cared.

Obama was a community organizer?  Big deal.

CNN: Wife of steelworker in new Obama Super PAC ad still had job and health insurance after he lost his.  They tried a straightforward offensive against Romney's complex private equity record a few months ago but the results were inconclusive.  Now they're trying again with a bolder, simpler narrative:  Romney's layoffs literally killed people.  If you're a low-information voter who pays attention to this stuff in bits and pieces, a story you're half-listening to about a rich guy and a steelworker and a plant closing and a young wife tragically dying from cancer sounds really bad, even if it's a gross smear.  In fact, the grosser the smear, the more compelling the half-listened-to story seems.

Obama SuperPac Releases One of the Most Ugly, Misleading Ads in Campaign History.  Today [8/7/2012] Priorities USA released a new ad that will surely rank among the ugliest and most dishonest in the history of political campaigns.  Titled "Understands" the ad features Joe Soptic describing how Mitt Romney is responsible for his wife's death from lung cancer.  It's Lyndon Johnson's Daisy ad made more personal and therefore even more vile.

Ad linking Romney to death of the wife of a laid off steelworker not accurate.  It's a very heart-wrenching story, but it's not accurate.  Here is the actual timeline.

Cancer Victim Had Health Insurance For Year or Two After Bain Closed Plant.  First it turned out that Soptic's wife, Ranae Soptic, died in 2006 — five years after the GST Steel plant closed.  And now, CNN reports that Soptic told them that Ranae Soptic had health insurance through 2002 or 2003, due to her job at a local thrift store.

Networks Continue Blackout on Romney-Killed-My-Wife Ad.  All three evening newscasts on Wednesday [8/8/2012] continued to ignore a super PAC ad by top Obama supporters that accuses Mitt Romney of, essentially, killing a woman.  At the same time, CBS and NBC amplified the Obama administration's "war on women" talking point, playing up attacks from Sandra Fluke, who previously tangled with Rush Limbaugh over contraception.

FNC's Peter Johnson Says Stephanie Cutter Could Face Charges From FEC.  Fox News Channel's legal analyst Peter Johnson told Fox & Friends host Alisyn Camerota on Thursday [8/9/2012] that he thinks President Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter could be liable for civil charges or more from the Federal Election Commission for making misleading statements saying that she was not familiar with Joe Soptic.  Soptic, the subject of a pro-Obama PAC ad in which he accuses Mitt Romney of being complicit in his wife's cancer death, also appeared in other pro-Obama ads and on a conference call with Cutter.

Playing dirty in the presidential campaign.  The President is trying to hide the "Fast and Furious" scandal and is using political assassins to put out ads like this one.

Obama camp acknowledges knowing man's story.  Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was no longer pleading ignorance about the story of a man who has appeared in both a super PAC ad and a campaign ad.  "No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads.  He was on a conference call telling his story," Psaki told reporters on Air Force One.

Top Democrat: Obama Must 'Repudiate' 'Disgusting' Ad.  Bill Burton runs Priorities USA and was Obama's deputy press secretary under Robert Gibbs.  You can also add in the fact that the man in the ad telling the undeniably tragic tale of his wife's passing, Joe Soptic, has also appeared in ads for the Obama campaign.  Finally, just yesterday [8/8/2012], senior Obama campaign advisor Stephanie Cutter was caught red-handed lying about her knowledge of the ad.

Strike Two for Bill Burton?  Bill Burton, former White House deputy press secretary and head of the pro-Obama Priorities USA super PAC, is struggling to defend his latest ad that suggests Mitt Romney is responsible for the death of a steelworker's wife.  You can hardly blame Burton; fact-checkers have found that the ad is dishonest, blatantly misleading, and sleazy, so it's no wonder he can't defend it.  But why would he run something that is indefensible in the first place?

President Obama condones accusing his opponent of giving people cancer.  So, Obama's big plan to distract from "You didn't build that" is "You killed that woman."  Good work, Stephanie Cutter and Bill Burton!  Oh, but the Obama campaign knew nothing about Soptic.  They had nothing to do with Priorities USA's disgusting ad.  There was no collusion. [...] Today [8/10/2012] their story has changed, though, because for once they have no recourse but to admit the truth.

Obama campaign finally tells truth on misleading super PAC ad.  President Barack Obama's campaign resorted to truth-telling Aug. 9 as it sought to calm the uproar caused by its support for a controversial attack ad that suggested Mitt Romney had caused a person's death by cancer.  Spokeswoman Jan Psaki admitted Thursday [8/9/2012] that Obama's campaign had used misleading comments from Joe Soptic, a former union organizer at GST Steel, after she had denied any connection to Soptic.

Obama's campaign featured Joe Soptic in May, now insists they never heard of him.  White House aides say they don't know anything about Joe Soptic, the former Missouri steelworker who appeared in a campaign ad this week suggesting Mitt Romney is to blame for his wife's death.  But Politico is now reporting that the Obama campaign should check its own archives.

Wait a Minute: Joe Soptic's Wife Wasn't Even Diagnosed With Cancer Until 2006?  Romney left Bain in 1999.  GST was shut down in 2001.  Soptic's wife had her own health insurance through 2003.  Now, in 2006, she was diagnosed — diagnosed! — with very late-stage cancer.  She died 22 days after diagnosis.  Is the argument made that Romney owed this guy another seven years worth of insurance coverage?

MSM ignores Soptic ad, the back story of which continues to change.  The ad, which attempts to link Mitt Romney to a woman's death by cancer, has now been discredited six ways from Sunday.  So has the ever-changing story of the man featured in it, a Kansas City plant worker named Joe Soptic, who in January told the syndicated liberal cable news show Democracy Now!  that after his company was bought by GST in 1993, his pension was reduced by $400 a month.  That figure mysteriously shrunk to $283 when he was interviewed by Reuters later the same month.

Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Cancels ABC "This Week" Appearance.  After getting caught red handed lying about what she knew about Joe Soptic's story, the man featured in the Obama Super PAC ad essentially accusing Mitt Romney of killing his wife, Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter has cancelled her ABC "This Week" appearance.

Obama Campaign Website Still Prominently Features Joe Soptic Lie.  Even as the Obama Campaign twists in the wind while the MS [sic] hammers them over the vicious and dishonest Soptic ad, everyone knows they were involved with, this image via Jim Geraghty on Twitter, remains on Barack Obama's campaign site still insinuating that Mitt Romney is culpable for a women's death of lung cancer.

The Editor says...
I'm not sure what the writer means by MS.  The MSM, perhaps.

Media Happily Accepts Team Obama Lying To Them.  When senior Obama campaign advisor Stephanie Cutter told the media she was unaware of the details of the false and misleading story retired steelworker Joe Soptic told in the now infamous Priorities USA super PAC ad — she lied.  Period.  End of story.  We have her on tape just a few months ago thanking Soptic for telling the exact same story on a Obama campaign conference call.  Moreover, when Obama campaign advisor Robert Gibbs and press spokesman Jen Psaki also claimed ignorance about the details of Soptic's story, that also stretched what we have since learned is the truth.

MSM ignores Soptic ad, the back story of which continues to change.  Credit where credit is due.  And right now credit is due to the normally unfair and imbalanced CNN, which Matt Hadro of Newsbusters reports has continued its frank coverage of "a nasty and misleading Obama super PAC ad that ABC, CBS, and NBC entirely ignored as of Wednesday night." [8/8/2012]

What else is being suppressed by the national news media?

Jay Carney On Obama Campaign's Links To 'Cancer Ad' Star Soptic: 'We Are Not In Control Of Third-Party Ads'.  On Friday [8/10/2012], White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answered questions from the press corps relating to the links between President Barack Obama's campaign and the subject of a controversial ad put out by a pro-Obama Super PAC featuring a steelwork that lost his wife to cancer.  Carney was asked why the Obama campaign initially denied knowing the ad's subject, Joe Soptic, but campaign officials have recently acknowledged that they used Soptic's story in official campaign communications.

Obama Ad: Romney is a Murderer.  Romney is forcing people to get cancer, and then when they get cancer, he's not allowing them to be treated.  So we have a campaign message here, basically:  "Republicans commit murder, poison the water, poison the air, and starve kids!"  The Democrats keep doing this stuff.  They've been doing it for as long as I'm alive because it must work.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz denies knowledge of 'Priorities USA' political affiliation.  In an appearance on this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday," Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz denied knowing the political party affiliation of Priorities USA, a pro-Obama super PAC behind a controversial ad that accuses Mitt Romney of being responsible for a cancer death by inference.  "First of that's a Priorities USA — it's not a Democratic ad," she said.  "It's a Priorities USA super PAC ad which we have nothing to do with it.  I have no idea the political affiliation of the folks associated with that super PAC."

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Walks Back Priorities USA Comment: 'Of Course' I Know It's 'Democratic-Affiliated'.  [Scroll down]  [Soledad] O'Brien eventually changed the topic to Wasserman Schultz's recent comments regarding a Super PAC ad involving a the suggestion that a woman's death from cancer was somehow linked to Romney's influence at Bain.  The DNC chair had said that she had "no idea" what political affiliation the folks at Priorities USA might have.  "Really?" O'Brien asked.  "Soledad," she responded, "of course I know the Priorities USA Super PAC is a Democratic-affiliated Super PAC. ..."

Our Dishonorable President.  The president has stood silently while his supporters, surrogates and staff have engaged in some of the most transparently desperate and disgusting campaign rhetoric of the modern age.  Without proof or even proof to the contrary, Democrats have accused Mitt Romney of being a felon, a tax cheat, a racist and a murderer.  With each charge, the president avoided leveling the charge himself.  But he said nothing ... did nothing to stop them.

Obama's Campaign One Of The Dirtiest In Modern Times.  First, Mr. Soptic had been offered a buyout; he wasn't simply told one day that he was fired.  That's not in the ad.  Second, his wife was working and had insurance with her job when her husband lost his.  That's not in the ad, either.  Third, Mitt Romney left Bain in 1999, the plant closed in 2001, the woman was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 -- when Romney was in his fourth year as governor of Massachusetts.  None of that is in the ad.  So how is Mitt Romney even vaguely responsible for this woman's death?

This swiftboating of Mitt Romney disgraces Barack Obama.  [Scroll down]  This is repulsive.  The Obama campaign at first claimed to know nothing about Joe Soptic; indeed, Super Pacs — awash in donations from labor unions, corporations, and the wealthy — are statutorily prohibited from coordinating with candidates.  But nobody believes that firewall exists.  And the campaign was caught in its transparent lie, when someone remembered a Obama 2012 conference call in which Soptic and his sad tale were trotted out by the campaign for the assembled press.

The Joe Soptic ad goes by the title, "Understands".  Or maybe that's just a news media codename.
Was 'Understands' Coordinated?  Conventional wisdom has it that the ad is both despicable and false.  The question to be answered is:  Was it coordinated with either the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee?  Federal law typically treats a super-PAC ad coordinated with an official campaign or political party committee as an illegal in-kind contribution to the candidate or party committee.  Civil penalties for making an in-kind contribution are warranted where there is "probable cause to believe" that coordination occurred.  Events surrounding the "Understands" ad should easily satisfy the probable-cause standard.  But it's not clear that the FEC will find a violation, or that conservatives would prefer an agency structured to do so.

Obama's betrayal.  If the conduct of the Obama campaign team were universalized, candidates would no longer require any evidence to accuse one another of complicity in a death.  To accept this as a new political norm would be to define defamation down.  Obama's defenders assure us that everyone does it.  But not everyone does this.  It is one thing to exploit a misstatement; another to exploit a tragedy.  It is one thing to mischaracterize a federal waiver; another to accuse an opponent of being the Angel of Death.  For the Obama campaign, this is not an aberration; it is a culmination.

Obama Campaign Lies (Again) About Knowledge Of Super PAC Ad.  Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter was not honest about her knowledge of the subject of the controversial "Cancer" ad from Obama's Super PAC.

Obama's mediocre outing before the press corps.  In an effort to soothe the increasingly peeved White House press corps, the president appeared in the White House Briefing Room today [8/20/2012] to take a few questions.  It was a remarkably ineffective performance, which the White House must hope that few people watched.  Among other untruths, the president insisted, "Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon."  Well, other than deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.

The IRS, the NSA, and Obama's Dirty Tricks.  [Scroll down]  Similarly, when Obama conducted his campaign against Mitt Romney his party operatives found steelworker Joe Soptic, whose wife contracted cancer five years after Soptic was let go by a company that Romney's firm, Bain Capital, had closed.  They ran national ads portraying Romney as an uncaring person who denied the woman cancer treatment.  The facts showed that she did not have cancer at the time Romney was involved.  Nevertheless the ads ran.

Other left-wing attacks on Mitt Romney

30 Reasons To Dislike Barack Obama.  [#6] His whole campaign in 2012 revolved around telling people Mitt Romney was an awful human being because he had money.  Meanwhile, Barack Obama is worth 10 million dollars.  What a hypocrite!

Alinsky and McCarthy: Brothers under the Skin.  It wasn't enough to assault the GOP's presidential nominee.  No, we learned that Romney's wife, Ann, had no credibility when speaking about women's issues, because she had "never worked a day in her life."  Mrs. Romney's use of dressage as a way to cope with her multiple sclerosis was derided.  Herbout with breast cancer was mostly ignored.

Atheist billboard attacks Romney's faith, but Mormons say it's misleading.  The billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists, attacks the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its treatment of African-Americans and gays, though the church says the attacks are inaccurate.

Universal Theme Park Show Toasts Obama, Roasts Romney.  It seems not even theme parks are immune from the Left's compulsion to use every entertainment outlet possible to get President Barack Obama reelected.  A production currently playing at Universal Orlando Resort, according to a mother of three who attended a recent showing, is like a stage show version of MSNBC.

Scary Harry.  Much like the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository he so opposes, Reid seems to be toxic.  Reid's tenure as majority leader in the upper house of Congress has been notable for his iron-fisted control, which has drawn indignation from Republicans.  However, in recent months, Reid has also been making headlines as a rabid, partisan attack dog for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign.  In July, Reid claimed — without any evidence — that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had paid no taxes for the past ten years.  That claim was proved false last month when Romney released his 2011 tax return along with a letter from his tax advisers detailing his tax liability from 1990 and 2009.

MSM, Obama Campaign Collaborate on False Abortion Attack on Romney.  The Obama campaign beclowned itself this morning on a conference call attacking Mitt Romney's "dishonesty on abortion," in an attempt to stop Romney's effort "to close the deal" (in the words of Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter).  Not content to point out possible contradictions in Romney's statements, the campaign flat-out lied about his position, using attacks that have been discredited even by Obama-friendly fact-checkers.

It's Time to Stop Celebrating Harry Reid.  Here is Harry Reid on Mitt Romney's taxes:  "I was told by an extremely credible source that Romney has not paid taxes for 10 years."  PolitiFact rates this a Pants on Fire lie.  An awful lot of liberals disagree.

Reid hits below the belt from safety of Ritz-Carlton.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told the Huffington Post last week, "[Mitt Romney] didn't pay taxes for 10 years."  He claimed that he had been told this by an investor in Bain Capital, Romney's old private equity firm.  "Now, do I know that that's true?  Well, I'm not certain," Reid added.  Reid is thus condemned out of his own mouth.

Questions Harry Reid won't answer, part I.  All of these baseless, evidence-free accusations from Harry Reid against Mitt Romney over his income reminded me of something — Reid has a lot of unanswered questions about his own income, questions that the LA Times and others have been asking for years.  In 2006 and 2007, a number of questions arose about Reid's wealth in real estate, his ties to contributors, and his involvement in legislation that benefited all of the above.

Democrats and the non-accusation accusation.  This summer, Democrats have been increasingly willing to float unfounded accusations against Mitt Romney in order to promote them.  We've seen this, for instance, with Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs suggesting that "nobody knows" whether Romney is a tax cheat.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has taken the non-accusation accusation to a new level today [7/31/2012].

Democrats demand Romney's tax returns, keep theirs secret.  Congressional Democrats haven't given the federal government a budget in three years, but they've got plenty of time for political theater.  Their latest effort is a bill introduced in the House by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) to require presidential candidates (cough Mitt cough Romney cough cough) to release ten years' worth of tax returns. [...] The Constitution disagrees, having included no such legal requirement for presidential office.  Changing the requirements in the middle of a presidential race would be even more dubious, to the extent anyone cares about the letter or intent of the Constitution any more.

Wasserman Schultz: Republicans Are "Rooting For Economic Failure".  "We have got a ways to go, we need to keep pushing.  But what's really bothersome to me, Candy, is that it almost seems like my Republican colleagues in Congress and Mitt Romney are rooting for economic failure," DNC Chairwomen Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said on CNN's "State of the Union" this morning [4/8/2012].

Wasserman Schultz: Romney is "Extreme Right" and Obama is "Moderate".  Local Congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz is President Obama's biggest cheerleader, and that was apparent in her interview with Jack, Tedd and Corey on AM Tampa Bay.

Unions offer reward for Romney's Olympic whereabouts.  Two of the U.K. and U.S.'s largest unions say they are determined to locate the exact location of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the London Olympics.  And they're willing to pay for that information.

Unions Offer Reward For Romney Event Locations.  Why the manhunt?  So they can organize 'grassroots' demonstrations. So their goons can beat up any Romney supporters they can get their clutches on.  So they can intimidate people for expressing any opinions they don't like.  Why else?  Students of history should recognize this kid of behavior.  We saw it from Hitler's 'Brown Shirts' in Weimar Germany.  We have seen it from the 'Red Guards' in the Soviet Union and China.  It has a long tradition.

Obama Lies, Claims Romney-Ryan Will Raise Your Taxes.  Suddenly the greatest tax-hiker in American presidential history, Barack Obama, is posing as a tax-cutter, and trying to position tax-cutters Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as tax-hikers.

Obama's Campaign One Of The Dirtiest In Modern Times.  It's one thing if a drunk in a bar makes some crazy, unsubstantiated accusation.  But this was the leader of the U.S. Senate telling the American people "The word's out he (Mitt Romney) hasn't paid any taxes in 10 years.  Let him prove he has paid taxes.  Because he hasn't."  When asked how he knows this, Reid said he got the tip from a confidential source who had worked at Bain Capital. [...] Decent people protested Reid's low blow.  But the president of the United States wasn't among the decent people.

Harry's Source Lied, Media Complied.  A letter from auditors at Price Waterhouse Cooper states unequivocally that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid taxes every year between 1990 and 2009.  This puts an end, once and for all, to irresponsible left-wing media speculation started by Sen. Harry Reid and the Huffington Post back in July.

Romney the giver.  We learned yesterday that last year Mitt Romney paid $1.9 million in taxes on an income of $14 million — and gave $4 million to charity.  The year before, he made $21.6 million, paid $3 million in taxes and gave $3 million to charity.  So, to recap:  Mitt Romney has, in the past two years, paid almost $5 million in taxes while giving away $7 million.

Where's the Apology, Harry?  Harry Reid owes Mitt Romney an apology.  The Romney campaign on Friday [9/21/2012] released details of the Republican nominee's 2011 federal tax return, along with a signed letter from his tax advisers attesting to the fact that Romney paid taxes from 1990 to 2009.  Their statement flatly contradicts Senate Majority Leader Reid's unfounded and baseless assertions, made repeatedly over the last several months, that Romney paid no taxes at all for 10 years.

Harry Reid Needs To Apologize To Mitt Romney And America.  Now that Mitt Romney has released his taxes with proof that he's paid taxes over the past ten years, it's time for United States Senator Harry Reid of Nevada to "man up!"

Liberal Radio Hosts Shameless.  As easy as it might be to forget them in the cobwebs of the AM radio dial, the liberal pretenders to the Rush Limbaugh throne are still broadcasting, and they're often utterly, shamelessly ridiculous.  Case in point:  Even Al Sharpton lamely used his radio show to defend Joe Biden's anti-Republican "they want to put y'all in chains" race baiting in front of a black audience.  Another case in point:  Liberal radio hosts adore Harry Reid for making utterly unsubstantiated ugly charges that Mitt Romney evaded taxes for a decade.

Democrats Campaign On Fear, Not Ideas.  Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Ryan wants to "shred the safety net for seniors."  Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry said Ryan has a "no-holds-barred record of attacking seniors, children and working men and women."  And Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says with Ryan, Romney "has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security and end Medicare as we know it."  Never mind that last year, the left-leaning Politifact chose the Democrats' "end Medicare as we know it" line as "lie of the year."

Hilary Rosen and the feminist Democrats' disdain for "Stay at Home Moms"
    ...in particular, Ann Romney.

In a failed attempt to take a cheap shot at the woman who is (at the time of this writing) probably the next FLOTUS, Democrat activist and frequent White House visitor Hilary Rosen slammed Mrs. Ann Romney, mother of five, as someone who "never worked a day in her life".  The remark didn't go over well, and certainly didn't do any harm to Mrs. Romney, and somehow the issue hasn't disappeared from the news media as quickly as the White House would like.  The widespread backlash shows how many "Stay at Home Moms" are Democrats or at least independent voters, and it reinforces what I've been saying for years:  Left-wing Democrats are completely out of step with America.

Eventually President Obama made a public statement denouncing attacks on presidential candidates' wives, but that was merely a transparent preemption of any criticism of Mrs. Obama, even though the current FLOTUS has been keeping herself in the news constantly by squandering taxpayers' money on lavish vacations and by going around the country telling people what they should or should not eat.

The left's war on moms.  Sometimes a rare flash of honesty makes all the difference in politics.  Democratic operative Hilary Rosen single-handedly changed the course of the 2012 election with her dig at Ann Romney, wife of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.  "Guess what, [she] has actually never worked a day in her life," Ms. Rosen said.  Mrs. Romney shot back, "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys.  Believe me, it was hard work."  In that instant, the political narrative shifted from the phony war on women to the liberal war on moms.

Hill of a ticket.  We speak of the attack on Ann Romney by Hilary (one L) Rosen.  The fallout raises the odds that Hillary (two L's) Clinton will end up as Barack Obama's running mate.  Rosen went way over the line carrying out the White House message that Mitt Romney is waging a "war on women."  Rosen's accusation that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life" is the biggest unforced error by Team Obama so far.

Was Hilary Rosen the Obama Spin Doctor Behind Sandra Fluke?  With the new reports today [4/12/2012] that DNC consultant Hilary Rosen has been an incredibly frequent visitor to the White House — at least 35 times, including five times directly with the president of the United States — questions are arising about her role in the furor surrounding the Sandra Fluke incident.

The Left's War on Women is Actually a War on Families.  According to the logic of the left, if you choose to raise a child instead of aborting one, you are less of a woman.  We have seen countless, vicious and character attacks on women of conservative ideology.  Sarah Palin, for example, was criticized and scorned by the liberal left for raising a child with Down syndrome while pursuing her career.  Black conservative women are CONSTANTLY being targeted for their belief in the pro-life movement, small government and for their opposition to President Obama's policies.

WH: Visitor logs can't be used to verify visitors.  President Obama offered the White House visitor logs as a historic milestone in transparency, but his spokesman now says the logs cannot be used for "verifying" the identity of White House visitors.  The Ann Romney-Hilary Rosen controversy has led to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney casting doubt on the reliability and use of the visitor logs in revealing who visits the White House.

Eight Times! Chuck Todd Repeatedly Writes Off Rosen Remarks As 'Manufactured Controversy'.  Rally round the Rosen!  On his MSNBC show this morning Chuck Todd used variations on the phrase "manufactured controversy" no fewer than eight times in dismissing the controversy around Rosen's "Ann Romney never worked a day in her life" remarks.  By the end of a subsequent segment, Todd had former Obama and Clinton adviser [and Dee Dee sister] Betsy Myers taking up the "manufactured" meme.

Thank You, Ms. Rosen.  Though everyone is talking about Democratic strategist and Obama confidant Hilary Rosen's insolent remarks about Ann Romney, I want to discuss them, too, because they reveal her leftist mindset.  Rosen didn't misspeak; she spoke deliberately and with passion.

It is that she is Missus Romney.  Let me explain why Hilary Rosen attacked Ann Romney.  This was not about Ann Romney or even her husband's presidential candidacy.  This is about their marriage.  Hilary Rosen — a major player in the Democratic National Committee — attacked Ann Romney because Ann Romney is Missus Romney.  Liberals want to transform marriage into something that is not marriage.  Liberals want to transform American society and they have done so by replacing every American institution.

Hilary Rosen Fails to Execute Obama's Mission.  Aaron rightly makes note of Hilary Rosen's phony (and belated) apology for attacking Ann Romney and other work-at-home moms.  However, there is, I think, nothing phony about Rosen's attack.  It is, in fact, part and parcel of a longstanding effort by many on the Left to denigrate and demean women who choose not to work outside of the home and to devote themselves instead to their families and children.

The Real War On Women Is The Constant Attacks On Motherhood.  Every Mother's Day, Salary.com releases a survey about the "market value" of motherhood.  According to this year's results, stay-at-home moms' salaries topped $112,940.45 in 2012.  Salary.com's 8,000-mom survey reveals that "stay-at-home moms work a total of 94.7 hours a week, with a 40-hour base and 54.7 hours of overtime on their mom duties."  That's a lot of work, right?  Apparently not everyone sees it that way.

10 things about Hilary Rosen.  By saying on that Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life," Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen created a firestorm on Twitter and, once again in her career, found herself in the middle of controversy.  POLITICO has compiled 10 things you might not have known about Rosen:  [#1] Resigned as head of the Recording Industry Association of America in 2003, to spend more time with her family — her then-partner, Elizabeth Birch, and their adopted twins, Jacob and Anna.  (Rosen and Birch separated in 2006.)

In Defense of Stay-at-Home Moms.  Every woman on this planet should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Ann Romney for the attack on her for having never worked a day in her life.  It is an assault against all working moms and stay-at-home moms — their lives may be very different, but they all work.

Embattled Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen has ties to BP.  BP, the British oil and gas company, is among the companies with ties to Democratic operative Hilary Rosen, who came under fire this week for comments about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife.  As head of the Brunswick Group, Rosen served in 2010 as a crisis management consultant to BP in the aftermath of the Gulf Oil spill.

Obama Circle 'Shaking with Laughter' Over Hilary Rosen Distraction.  Republicans wonder why Obama's buddies keep getting to set the narrative.  The answer's obvious — the Republicans keep taking the bait.  Throwing out chum to the chattering classes is right out of the Democrat consultant and Mao admirer Anita Dunn's strategy to sidetrack us from the destructive transformative policies this administration has put in place.  Dunn's name keeps popping up.  She visits the White House regularly, and her PR firm SKDKnickerbocker was behind Sandra Fluke's media firestorm; now we find Hilary Rosen works at SKDK.

White House Allowed Hilary Rosen Back-Door Lobbying Privileges.  Hilary Rosen, the Democratic National Committee consultant who told CNN last week that Ann Romney had "never worked a day in her life," has used her power with the White House to swing special lobbying privileges for her friends — all without meeting reporting requirements.

The Real Hilary Rosen Scandal.  Predictably, Republicans have noticed that Rosen is a frequent visitor to the White House.  While Democrats are arguing that Rosen is not an advisor to the Democratic Party or President Obama's reelection campaign, then what are the meetings about?

Dem Rep Attacks Ann Romney for Being Stay-at-Home Mom.  Democrats continued their War on Moms today [4/14/2012] with Florida State Representative Scott Randolph attacking Ann Romney for being a stay-at-home mom.

Jay Carney & the 3 Hillary Rosens.  In the midst of last week's furor over Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's verbal attacks on Ann Romney, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dragged out an old but increasingly familiar deflection technique:  mistaken identity.  In response to questions about Rosen's alleged 35 visits to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Carney protested that he knows 3 different women with that name, so he can't say for sure whether the one in the current spotlight actually visited that many times, if at all.  An obvious attempt to distance the president from Rosen, this is more than pathetically weak — it borders on black comedy.

Ann Romney, Everywoman.  [Democratic consultant Hilary] Rosen caused a media storm when she suggested that Mrs. Romney "has never actually worked a day in her life."  But something else she said deserves more sunlight:  Rosen asked, "Can we just get rid of this word, 'war on women'?"  She claimed that "the Obama campaign does not use it, President Obama does not use it — this is something that the Republicans are accusing people of using, but they're actually the ones spreading it."  This is the height of audacity.  Claiming that there is a "war on women" is a favorite fallback strategy of the Left.  Democrats bring up such things to scare women into voting for them.

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Maher Slams Ann Romney.  [Bill] Maher, the host of HBO's weekly political chatfest "Real Time with Bill Maher," routinely says things that, had a conservative uttered them, he or she would be standing in the unemployment line.

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Rules the World.  Working moms, single moms, stay-at-home moms — they have a day named after them for a reason.  They are the backbone of the world, and in these United States, they are the universal grounding wire and the ultimate lynchpin to life and love American-style.

Obama's Real Hilary Rosen Problem:  [Scroll down]  The issue was not so much what Hilary Rosen said, but who said it.  More than Rosen's words, her persona itself is an assault on working class, traditional thinking Americans of both sexes.  Rosen, who works closely with the White House, is a high dollar lesbian "inside-the-beltway" Washington power broker.  She and her now estranged partner, the former director the Human Rights Campaign — an organization championing rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders — adopted two black children in 1999.  Her current lesbian partner is president of the American Federation of Teachers — the nation's second largest teachers' union.

Victimhood and 'Choice'.  The latest brouhaha began when Hilary Rosen, a Democratic Party advisor, claimed that Mitt Romney's wife, mother of five, grandmother to 16, "never worked a day in her life."  What Rosen meant was that stay-at-home moms don't contribute to the world of commerce as a plumber or a lobbyist might.  Put aside for a moment things like tact or facts and consider why an advisor or strategist would sneer at the rigors of motherhood on national television, in an election year — just a few weeks before Mother's Day!  The controversy echoes Hillary Clinton's wild shot at women who bake at home.  As is often the case in these matters, the follow-on apologetics made a poor choice worse.

Hilary Rosen: Straight People Ruining Marriage.  Heterosexuality isn't the problem with marriage.  People who get involved with the wrong people, make bad decisions, and act badly toward one another are the problem.  Second, the implication here is that we need men to marry men and women to marry women to "fix" marriage.  This, again, is idiocy.  You don't fix a car by dumping a garbage disposal mechanism into the engine.  You fix it by using replacement parts.  Institutions aren't "fixed" by changing the definitions of the institutions.  They're fixed by people making better decisions.

Washington Post Hires Lobbyist Hilary Rosen.  The Washington Post has announced that it is adding Hilary Rosen, a long-time Democrat operative, attorney, and lobbyist, to its editorial pages.  Rosen will join a parade of liberals and Democrat operatives, one Republican operative, and others as one of the "Insiders" writing daily political commentary.

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