Monday, April 16, 2012

Women At Work

So after last week’s flap about working women and the Romneys getting all worked up about how hard Ann Romney worked by staying home and raising the kids, along comes a clip of Mitt Romney telling those lazy women who stayed home to get out there into the workforce.

Two videos unearthed in the wake of the back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats over the “war on women” provide more background on presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s past views on working women.

The search for the footage was sparked by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s appearance Wednesday on CNN, in which she claimed that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.” Her opinion drew a sharp rebuke from Democrats and Republicans alike.

“Even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work,” Mitt Romney said in a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., in January. “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 day care, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.’ “

The clip, aired Sunday morning on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes,” shows a candidate with less leniency toward mothers than one would think, given the outpouring of praise given to mothers of all kinds after Rosen’s comments.

The second video, unearthed by Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, is from 1994, when Romney was running for the Senate in Massachusetts.

“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. “Now Mom and Dad both have to work whether they want to or not, and usually one of them has two jobs.”

I think that we’re all pretty much agreed here that what it comes down to is that in the eyes of the GOP and Mr. Romney, it’s okay to be a stay-at-home mom if you have the choice to do that. Nice work if you can get it. But most women who both work and raise kids don’t have that choice, and as much as we’d all like moms to be Ann Romney — or at least in her situation — it ain’t gonna happen.

Oh, by the way; does no one at the Romney campaign know how to work the Google thing so that they can check up on what their candidate might have said less than three months ago that completely contradicts something he said last week? Or do they just take it for granted that he’s going to change his position 180 degrees and don’t care?

HT to Anne Laurie.