A long election season

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

April 12, 2012 1:01:42 PM PDT
It's been two days since Rick Santorum have dropped out of the Republican race for President, and if the time between then and now is any indicator and lawdie lawdie I suspect it is then this could become the loooooooonnnnnngggggest Presidential election in the history of the country.

And by loooooooonnnnnngggggest I mean most boring.

The hard truth is that the majority of people who will vote for either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama on Nov. 6 have likely already made up their minds. And given the radical difference between them or at least the radical difference between Romney's politics in the primary and Obama's current politics it's not like any one event will change most people's minds.

A total economic collapse notwithstanding.

So that means that a small sliver of the population the so-called undecided's will be getting all the attention for the next 7 months.

Which is why the current flap mostly over Twitter about working moms is both so frustrating and so fascinating.

I will leave it to you to get up to speed on it all and there is no shortage of coverage but the short version is that a "Democratic strategist" was opining in an interview that it seemed strange that Mitt Romney would rely on his wife's view that the economy is what matters most to American women, because she has a husband who made more than $40 million in the past two years. Then she added to the collective cringing of the Obama peeps something to the effect, "because she's never worked in her life."

Ann Romney raised five kids so any parents knows, and any human should know, that the woman has worked. Working in an office is a vacation compared to staying home raising kids. I say this as a father of three who works in an office.

So one stupid line, an ill-conceived aside to a main argument about Romney's wealth ? has become a campaign issue.

At least for one day.

Tomorrow, it will be something else. And then something else the day after and the day after and ?. All the way to November.

It's going to get old.

I'm just sayin'.

We'll have the latest on the flap and from the campaign trail, tonight at 11.

And as a postscript, the analyst who started it all, Hillary Rosen, issued this apology today: "Let's put the faux 'war against stay at home moms' to rest once and for all. As a mom, I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women's financial struggles. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance."

Also at 11, we're following the latest developments in the arrest of George Zimmerman for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman made his first appearance in court tonight to answer 2nd degree murder charges filed yesterday.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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