Which is “when you’re in one, stop digging.”
Actually, it’s only Hilary Rosen and Terry O’Neill who have the experience and imagination to understand. I’m certain of it. They just don’t have the experience and imagination to change the subject at this point.
I think there are a couple of things going on here. One is that people on the left tend to move in a bubble where their views seem quite mainstream and uncontroversial. For example, to say “Ann Romney never worked a day in her life” would be the sort of thing that would tend to get sage nods of agreement all around if you said it in most liberal circles. And “everybody knows” that the Romneys are out-of-touch rich people who look like the cast of “Mad Men,” just as “everybody knows” that stay-at-home moms are wealthy (which doesn’t appear to be true; see this). So why not say it? It would appear to be a winner.
Not so much, it turns out—as the more-savvy Michelle and Barack Obama, as well as David Axelrod, seem to know, since they all quickly distanced themselves from Rosen’s remarks.
Another thing both Rosen and O’Neill did not seem to be aware of is that attacking Ann Romney in any way can only serve to help the Romney campaign. When I saw the Romneys in person back in January, it didn’t take but a moment to note that Ann Romney is probably the biggest asset of the Romney campaign. She’s a natural, a person I would think it almost impossible for anyone to dislike (although they’ll try, they’ll try). Smart, relaxed, confident, attractive, articulate, funny, warm…well, I could go on and on, but you get the idea. And now that the spotlight has been shone on her by her would-be detractors, she gets to shine a lot more than she had so far.