Punditry is a dangerous game.
On one hand, saying provocative things is the coin of the realm; dullness is the enemy of good television. On the other, drifting from interesting to offensive is almost too easy.
Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist and CNN commentator, grasped just how permeable that barrier is after appearing on Anderson Cooper’s show Wednesday night. (In the words of David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel of “This Is Spinal Tap”: “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”)
Talking about how former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney presents his wife as an adviser on how women are dealing with the struggling economy, Rosen said: “His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing.”
Crank up the outrage machine!
The Romney campaign quickly set up a Twitter account for Ann Romney, where she tweeted: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”