Paul Jacob

Appearing on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Rosen added, after denouncing Ann Romney’s work habits, that “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and, and, and how do we worry — and, why do we worry about their future.”

See, the damage-control folks argue that Rosen wasn’t attacking Mrs. Romney’s decision to stay home and rear her kids at all, merely her commission of that heinous crime of BWIA (Being Wealthy in America). Get it straight folks, Mrs. Romney’s views are not to be ignored because she’s a homemaker, but because she’s rich.

That bias is supposed to be okay; it’s nearly official national policy. Rich people, unless they’re clamoring for their arms to be twisted so they must fork over more in taxes, are to be shunned, barely tolerated — not arrested, mind you, but certainly watched, shaken down and held in public disrepute.

Thus, though a devoted and hardworking mother, Ann Romney, as a member of this un-trusted class, has nothing to teach anyone.

It’s true that Romney doesn’t worry about budgeting her kids’ meals; she probably never has. She has that in common with the overwhelming majority of Americans — the hyperbolic rhetoric of well-paid political hacks (and Jane Fonda) notwithstanding.

Yet, surely, Mrs. Romney once worried about her sons’ educations. All five do appear to have been well schooled.

Contra the trends of class warfare, I bet we can rest assured that no matter how wealthy a person is, that person will worry about his or her children. Oh, and the future.

And if you prick Mrs. Romney’s finger, she does bleed. Eh?

Funny, though, Rosen’s main assault wasn’t on Ann Romney at all. It was on Mitt Romney. After condescendingly criticizing Mrs. Romney as a non-person, Rosen declared that “there’s something much more fundamental about Mitt, because he seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women. . . . He just doesn’t really see us as equal.”

Tough charge. Yet, Rosen didn’t cite one issue or a single stance taken by Romney to back up her contention that Mitt Romney hates women and wants to make women second-class citizens . . . as Rosen had just attempted to do to his wife.

For the record, Mitt Romney is not my preferred candidate. Yet I respect the wealth he has earned. He may be old-fashioned, but if remaining married to his wife and helping their raise five kids is old-fashioned, let’s place an order for more.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.