Does Fight Sparked by Rosen Reflect Moms' Lives?

Both sides might be partly right. Linda Juergens, the executive director of the National Association of Mothers' Centers, said Rosen's insult certainly reached beyond the Beltway, prompting moms to tune in.

But Juergens added that the resulting discussion was such a shallow reprisal of the "mommy wars" that it did little to address actual issues that moms face -- like seeking more choices in the home and at work.

"People will eventually say, you know, 'Well, that's Washington baloney, and it's the way they do things, and it really doesn't have to do much with most of our lives,' " she said. "Just because talking is happening doesn't mean that it's intelligent or productive. It could be a catfight. And we have enough of that."

Juergens added: "I think people certainly are talking about it, and the reactions are all over the place. Some people are really getting into a discussion of: What are the choices that we're making, and are they validated by society? Other people are saying, 'This is just more political hype, and I'm tired of it.' "

Jo Ashline, a mom who takes care of a special-needs child and blogs from home for the Orange County Register about parenting, said hearing Rosen's comments felt like a betrayal from a fellow parent, and that they struck chords that have long been talked about among mothers, family and girlfriends.

"Moms judge other moms. I hate to say that. It's kind of a crappy thing to say, especially because we should be united as parents, as mothers. We all know how hard it is to raise a kid," she said. "There is a fence, a very tall fence."

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