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Michelle Goldberg on the Ann Romney Hitler Tempest (...her very qualified apology)
The Daily Beast ^ | Monday, May 14, 2012 | Michelle Goldberg

Posted on 05/15/2012 9:23:17 AM PDT by kristinn

A stray cable comment triggers an Internet firestorm. Michelle Goldberg on the Ann Romney tempest—and her very qualified apology.

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Here’s what happened. On Sunday, I appeared on a Mother’s Day edition of Up With Chris Hayes, a weekend morning talk show, along with Katie Roiphe, Eve Ensler, and Jamila Bey.

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One of the show’s topics was the saccharine op-ed that Ann Romney published in USA Today, “Three seasons of motherhood.” The main point I wanted to make about it is that our society offers mothers a deal: what we don’t give them in tangible support, we make up for insipid paeans.

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I got into trouble, however, by saying that Romney’s closing lines, about how there is “no crown more glorious” than the “crown of motherhood,” reminded me of the pronatalist propaganda of World War II-era totalitarian regimes. That was a mistake. Not because I don’t think it’s true—when I read Romney’s words, I immediately thought of the “Motherhood Glory” medals that Stalin gave to women who had lots of children, and of the Nazi cult of motherhood, which Hitler called women’s “highest exaltation.”

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So my apologies aren’t for Ann Romney, but for everyone else. I’m truly sorry to have given the right a pretext for another tedious spasm of feigned outrage. I’m sorry to have stirred one of the teapot tempests that now dominate the increasingly dispiriting world of political journalism. I’m especially sorry if I’ve done anything to strengthen the conservative myth that liberals disdain motherhood. I certainly don’t. As it happens, I’m hoping to have a baby of my own very soon. When I do, like most mothers I know, I’d much prefer accessible day care, quality public schools, and affordable health care to a metaphorical crown, however glorious it may be.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: annromney; michellegoldberg; msnbc

1 posted on 05/15/2012 9:23:26 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
Ann Romney says, "Michelle Obama is a lovely woman."

The Democrat says, "Ann Romney is like Hitler."

This why compromise is impossible and is not to be desired. Comprise ends up with the Conservative dead in a ditch while the Fascist struts around with big boots.

2 posted on 05/15/2012 9:29:56 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: kristinn
When I do [have a baby], like most mothers I know, I’d much prefer accessible day care, quality public schools, and affordable health care to a metaphorical crown, however glorious it may be.

In other words, she's looking for free stuff.

3 posted on 05/15/2012 9:31:14 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: kristinn

Digging the hole deeper, Michele...


4 posted on 05/15/2012 9:31:55 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: ClearCase_guy

I violate Godwin’s law with impunity. But I know when to apply it. I’m a student of Nazi Germany, its rise to power, its inner workings, the culture in which it was allowed to thrive, and its ultimate downfall as well as the mistakes that led to it.

This woman just compares people that disagree with her to hitler. That is why Godwin’s law was created. for folks like her. It is why some bicycles have training wheels.


5 posted on 05/15/2012 9:33:15 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: kristinn

Apparently, only ANTI-natalist propaganda is tolerated in today’s more enlightened totalitarian regimes.


6 posted on 05/15/2012 9:33:27 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: kristinn

Some apology..I am sorry to give this hateful woman this much ink..


7 posted on 05/15/2012 9:36:38 AM PDT by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: kristinn

Wow! More leftist “tolerance” on display......


9 posted on 05/15/2012 9:40:15 AM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: kristinn

What a Class-A bitch.


10 posted on 05/15/2012 9:57:27 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“In other words, she’s looking for free stuff”

Exactly. She can’t understand why mother’s don’t have paid maternity leave. Apparently she never had to make a payroll and actually worry about making a profit. What do these stupid women think? Does their work get magically completed while they are home? We hire temp workers to cover women when they are off for maternity leave and everyone else has to work harder to cover their work load.

Add paid leave to that and watch the employment rate of child bearing age women drop even further.

If she’s concerned about paid leave, she can find a job with disability insurance or buy her own policy.


11 posted on 05/15/2012 10:03:27 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: kristinn

Where’s the apology to Ann Romney? All this b**ch is sorry for is stirring up a hornet’s nest.


12 posted on 05/15/2012 10:06:31 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I’d much prefer accessible day care, quality public schools, and affordable health care....

Just like barry's kids.

13 posted on 05/15/2012 10:29:23 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: kristinn

her husband...”Matt Ipcar is a New York based interactive designer ....
As Design Director for the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, Matt was in charge of developing visual design and information architecture for WhiteHouse.gov, Change.gov, and other Transition projects both online and off. Prior to the transition, Matt worked in the ‘08 Obama campaign’s Chicago headquarters as the new media team’s Rapid Response Design Director, a role in which he produced and launched high-profile, quick-turnaround projects like FightTheSmears.com, KeatingEconomics.com, the Obama-Biden Tax Calculator, and the Obama for America (OFA) Record.”


14 posted on 05/15/2012 11:01:52 AM PDT by motherof 3
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To: kristinn
"As it happens, I’m hoping to have a baby of my own very soon."

Great. She's going to reproduce.

15 posted on 05/15/2012 11:04:18 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: kristinn

Self promoting bitch!!!


16 posted on 05/15/2012 11:05:24 AM PDT by ontap
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To: ClearCase_guy
Ann Romney says, "Michelle Obama is a lovely woman."

The Democrat says, "Ann Romney is like Hitler."

And they're both wrong.

17 posted on 05/15/2012 11:05:44 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Obama vs. Romney: Zero x Zero = Zero.)
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To: kristinn

“when I read Romney’s words, I immediately thought of the ‘Motherhood Glory’ medals that Stalin gave to women who had lots of children, and of the Nazi cult of motherhood, which Hitler called women’s ‘highest exaltation.’”

That sort of thing only occurs to people looking for an excuse to compare people to nazis and commies. Which, according to the internet, is exceedingly common, especially for nazi comparisons.


18 posted on 05/15/2012 11:42:41 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

Unless she’s already over 7 months pregnant, “hoping to have a baby” probably means she and the husband can’t figure out how to do it the normal way.


19 posted on 05/15/2012 11:45:33 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Remember our veterans, today and every day!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“When I do [have a baby], like most mothers I know, I’d much prefer accessible day care, quality public schools, and affordable health care”

Yeah, just like the NAZIS!!!


20 posted on 05/15/2012 11:46:00 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: motherof 3

Wow. No conflict of interest there! /s


21 posted on 05/15/2012 11:57:04 AM PDT by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: kristinn
I’m hoping to have a baby of my own very soon. When I do, like most mothers I know, I’d much prefer accessible day care, quality public schools, and affordable health care to a metaphorical crown, however glorious it may be.

Let's calculate. Ten hours for sleep. Daycare/school for twelve hours including commute time. That leaves two hours for meals, getting dressed, necessary shopping and the other fun things of life.

Since you will not be seeing the baby may I ask why you are having one?

Just send money to one of those "save the children" charities. You will spend as much time with that child as you would one of your own and they will at least write you letters.

22 posted on 05/15/2012 11:57:39 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Migrating elephant herds react badly to flaming motor homes and dry ice doesn't repel killer bees)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
"As it happens, I’m hoping to have a baby of my own very soon."

Great. She's going to reproduce.

Turkey baster alert!

23 posted on 05/15/2012 12:21:39 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: kristinn
there is “no crown more glorious” than the “crown of motherhood,”

I know of a crown more glorious.

24 posted on 05/15/2012 12:23:09 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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