Are conservatives trying to lose their death grip on the hearts and minds of women and the men who love them?
They had a good talking point in Hilary Rosen’s statement that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.”
But then the purportedly Jesus-loving Catholic League decided to take the opportunity to attack Rosen’s family rather than her misstep, tweeting,
@CatholicLeague: Lesbian Dem Hilary Rosen tells Ann Romney she never worked a day in her life. Unlike Rosen, who had to adopt kids, Ann raised 5 of her own.
As Think Progress reported,
Somehow, Rosen’s family is less valid, less worthy of respect because she adopted her children. This insults not just lesbian couples, but all non-birth mothers. In fact, it seems like few even recognize that Rosen is a mother at all, perhaps an inherent cultural consequence of her choice (or lack of choice) to not be a stay-at-home mom. Consider this Twitter quip from Alice Stewart, who until this week was Rick Santorum’s National Press Secretary:
@alicetweet: Being a mother is the most valuable work a woman can do, my heart goes out to @hilaryr children if she doesn’t believe that
RNC Spokesman: Catholic League ‘Should Be Encouraging Adoption, Not Demeaning The Parents’
Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, is quickly creating some distance from a comment by the conservative group the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
In the media furor over Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen’s controversial comments about Ann Romney having never worked, the Catholic League posted this message Thursday morning on Twitter — deriding Rosen, who is gay, for having “had to” adopt children:
Catholic League @CatholicLeague
Lesbian Dem Hilary Rosen tells Ann Romney she never worked a day in her life. Unlike Rosen, who had to adopt kids, Ann raised 5 of her own.
Later in the afternoon, after the message had received some circulation, Spicer posted this response:
Sean Spicer @seanspicer
The @CatholicLeague should be encouraging adoption, not demeaning the parents who are blessed to raise these children