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BLOG: This week in phony outrage -- Hilary Rosen!

Tom Jackson • Apr 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

THIS WEEK'S VILLAIN: Democratic Party spokeswoman Hilary Rosen.

HER HORRIBLE STATEMENT: "Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life." (Referring to Ann Romney, Mitt's wife and mother of five.)

I recently proposed in this blog that the politics industry in this country should be renamed the Phony Outrage Industry, as politics these days deals more with fake indignation than real issues.

It's been a good week for those of us who are amused by phony outrage, and its fallout.

The latest supposed outrage to common decency was delivered by Hilary Rosen, a Democratic operative who probably wishes she could return to the obscurity she enjoyed just last week. She was trying to attack Mitt Romney during a TV appearance but managed to attack the candidate's wife instead (see the quote, above.)

A rational response would be, "Who gives a rat's butt what Hilary Rosen thinks? When are the Indians going to start hitting?"

But politics isn't about being rational, and Republicans have been busily "proving" all week that Rosen is part of the Democratic Party's all-out assault on stay at home moms. My favorite example is the press release from the Republican Party entitled, "Sherrod Brown Should Donate Hilary Rosen Campaign Funds to Charity."

Sample graph: "National Republicans and Democrats have stood united in condemning Hilary Rosen's public comments against Ann Romney as inappropriate and offensive, it's time for Sherrod Brown to do the same," Ohio Republican Party Vice Chair Kay Ayres said.

Don't you feel better informed, now that you know what Kay Ayres thinks?

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