April 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM ET
Happy Freaky Friday! It’s been one heck of a political week. Let’s see: Mommies Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney duked it out on TV and Twitter in a media-hyped mom culture war. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., was busy outing Democratic commies in Congress. The much-hyped North Korean missile couldn’t get it up (in the air, that is). And the Warren Buffett bonanza continued with the president pushing a rule named for the billionaire Sage of Omaha.
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, a mother of twins, stepped into a deep pile of dirty diapers when she suggested that Ann Romney, the wife of presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and mom of five, “never worked a day in her life.” That comment had a legion of moms — including first lady Michelle Obama — going “oh no she di’in’t” and reignited a mommy-culture war that Republicans saw as an opening to shore up their lagging support among women. The Republican National Committee even started hawking a “Moms Do Work” travel mug — just in time for Mother’s Day.
In an oddly McCarthyesque throwback, Florida congressman Allen West declared that “I believe there is about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.” His reasoning? There are about that many members in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of liberal Democratic lawmakers. West's staff doubled down on the comments, adding that some of those members have traveled to (communist) Cuba. Actually, so have Republicans.... Nonetheless, West has released a video of his assertions.
Failure to launch
The highly anticipated North Korean missile launch fizzled when the long-range rocket failed to perform. American military experts said the launch was a veiled attempt by the totalitarian nation to show its muscle, but the Koreans claimed their rocket was essentially a giant firecracker to celebrate the 100th anniversary of regime founder Kim II Sung’s birth.
The infatuation with all things Warren Buffett continued this week as the president continued to push the so-called Buffett rule aimed at forcing the super rich to pay at least as much as the middle class in taxes. The administration even launched a calculator so that people can see exactly how many wealthy people paid less in taxes. The proposed rule also thumbs its nose at Mitt Romney, a millionaire whose tax rate is about 14 percent. And — just in case you’re hungry for more Warren Buffett buffet — you can pay about $6,000 to eat dinner at the billionaire’s childhood home. Of course, he won’t actually be there, but he will send along a personalized video and an autographed photo. The money will benefit Girls Inc., a charity that includes Buffett's daughter Susie as a board member.
TODAY.com political contributor Halimah Abdullah is the site’s woman in Washington, a mom, and most certainly not a billionaire.