Archive for April 13th, 2012

The ‘Stros visit Fish Field tonight in Little Havana.  Of course, the Fish have two World Serious Championships (1997 and 2003).  How many times have the Fish made it to the playoffs?

Commentary likes CNN talking head Hilary Rosen.  I generally enjoy her takes.  I’m wondering if she’s thinking she should have just called in sick instead of showing up at the CNN studios this past Wednesday.  She’s created a firestorm of sorts with her remarks about Ann Romney being a stay-at-home mom.  The fallout from the remarks made the front page of today’s hard copy of the Chron.

Of course all this started because Mitt Romney said he gets reports on the status of women and their issues from his wife and Hilary Rosen was asked about that.

In today’s Politico there is a piece called “The Draperizing of Mitt Romney” that touches on the Rosen take.  Here is some of it:

Even before the Rosen flap, some prominent activists argued that there are limits to Ann Romney’s ability to appeal to women — despite her acknowledged strengths as a surrogate — based on a potential lack of common experiences.

“I simply have not seen her in any way as an advocate for women’s empowerment in society,” said Kim Gandy, the former head of the National Organization for Women, of Ann Romney before Rosen’s comments. “And since Gov. Romney looks to her to find out what women care about, that does not bode well. I haven’t heard her speaking out about increasing women’s opportunity for higher paid employment, for women in non-traditional occupations, specifically for increasing pay equity for women, closing the pay gap, certainly not on women’s reproductive rights.”

Privately, senior Democrats are even more candid — predicting that the relitigating of the Mommy Wars against the backdrop of a larger Retro Mitt campaign is not a battle that any Republican, and especially not this one, can win.

“She doesn’t connect in any ways with the women that he has a problem with,” a Democratic strategist aligned with Obama said of Ann Romney, alluding to the GOP hopeful’s polling deficit with younger, college-educated women. “She’s as foreign to them as he is. That’s not to disparage anybody who stays home and raises kids. But she’s just not like them.”

A second Democratic strategist acknowledged that the Rosen flap was “messy today,” but added: “They’re not going to win on this issue.”

Here is the entire Politico piece.

I don’t know if Hilary Rosen wanted to be this week’s campaign topic but she is today and she will be on Sunday when she will appear on “Meet the Press.”

The Fish have been to the MLB playoffs twice of course, in 1997 and 2003 as Wild Card winners when they went on to win two rings.  They have never won the NL East if you can believe that.

If you are old school like Commentary and pick up your fish wrap on the driveway every morning then you probably saw Patricia Kilday Hart’s piece on the Keryl Douglas hate email that went out earlier this week.  If you ask me, I would have come down a lot harder on Douglas.

The ‘Stros will be the first visiting team to play a three game series at Fish Field and the first to play in Little Havana since Ozzie Guillen sang the praises of Fidel Castro.  Let’s play beisbol!


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