Maureen Dowd's 'Phony' Attack on Ann Romney
1:30 PM, Apr 18, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Maureen Dowd weighs in today to decry the "Phony Mommy Wars" over Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's attack on Ann Romney. I know what you're thinking: If anyone is qualified to call a cancer-survivor "phony" for her decision to stay at home and raise five boys—it's the author of Are Men Necessary? Aside from being nearly a week late weighing in on this controversy, the column seems to miss the mark about as badly as you might imagine:
Aside from the errant and unreliable characterization of a political reporter on the scene, what about what Ann Romney actually said suggests she was 'feigning aggrievement'? Is it not possible to stand up for yourself when your beliefs and life decisions are unjustly attacked and relish the opportunity to defend them? Or is it simply more likely that Maureen Dowd wishes that she hadn't been so effective in standing up for herself against a politically motivated attack?
It also takes a unique brand of chutzpah to complain about the fake outrage over Ann Romney and then gratuitously bring up the fact the Romneys put their dog on the roof of their car for the eleventy-thousandth time. As if that weren't discrediting enough, this is yet another embarrassing example of MoDo missing the zeitgeist—I'd say Obama should eat some crow for making an issue of the Romney family dog, but I hear he prefers terriers.