The uproar against Hilary Rosen’s comments by a storm of twitics indicates to me that they may not have carefully considered what Ms. Rosen did NOT say. She said nothing about Ann Romney being lazy or non-productive. What she DID say is that Ms. Romney never had to worry that the house needed cleaning, or there wasn’t time to do the grocery shopping for dinner because she had to do a big load of laundry. She never had to worry that there wasn’t enough money to get the boys new clothes at the beginning of the school year, or that the old car might break down on the way to a school event.
Considering the fact that Ann Romney never had budget problems or lack of funds to provide for the family, and always had capable help with most of the menial jobs around the house — and Mitt never had to be concerned about her work overload with five boys to raise — should make it a bit easier for the dissenters to understand what Hilary Rosen meant. She was making the point that both Ann and Mitt Romney were likely unable to understand, on a gut-level, the problems that most Americans have to contend with daily.
Ms. Rosen made that point clearly, and it should have been obvious to any careful reader what she meant.