Ann Romney Can Lose the Victim Card

We’re probably almost done with the life cycle of the Ann Romney vs. Hilary Rosen episode of Mommy Wars 2012. Most major news outlets have pulled in just about as many experts as possible to parse how the presidential campaign was temporarily rocked by Rosen, a Democratic adviser, who said, in the context of Mitt Romney using his wife as an economic adviser, that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.”

Never mind that those few words had nothing to do with the larger point Rosen was trying to make about who was advising her husband on the concerns of women voters. That one little sentence set off a firestorm, especially with conservative media outlets, about whether this was a new, left wing attack on the sanctity of motherhood, or, more precisely, “traditional,” conservative motherhood.

But now it looks like Ann Romney wasn’t feeling all that victimized at all. In fact, she’s open celebrating her pretend victimhood as the best thing that could have happened to her husband’s campaign.

Is it time to tell Ann to move on to the next discussion? Read more about my take on Ann Romney’s fake “woe is me” campaign tactic at iVillage iVote, where I’m 2012 Election Editor this campaign season.

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