The flap over Democratic strategist Hilary Rosens comments about Ann Romneyhaving “never worked a day in her life” is now well into Day 2.
It may have been a manufactured controversy (as we wrote Thursday, Ms. Rosen wasn’t really criticizing Ms. Romney’s choice to stay home, but arguing that her wealth and privilege – including the fact that she was financially free to stay home with her sons – is not the experience of most American women). But manufactured or not, it’s certainly received a lot of media attention.
So will this episode play to ‘s Mitt Romney advantage in any substantial way? And specifically, will it help him among women voters who, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, have recently swung even further toward President Obama, backing him by a 19-point margin?
The short answer: It may not do much, if anything, to erase the overall gender gap. But it may help Mr. Romney rally conservative women behind his candidacy.