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REPUBLICANS' WAR ON WOMEN

Ed Ross | Monday, April 9, 2012

Look out American women; Republicans are going to confiscate your contraceptives, cut your pay, revoke your voting rights, and put your children in re-education camps.

President Barack Obama desperately needs as high or higher a percentage of women to vote for him in the 2012 election than did in the 2008 election to compensate for the loss of support among other voting blocks. Thus, President Obamaís election campaign has invented the ďRepublicansí-war-on-womenĒ strategy to help win the womenís vote. But will it work?

According to exit polls, in the 2008 election 56% of women voters voted for President Obama. According to the Gallup presidential weekly tracking poll, however, the Presidentís job approval ratings among women consistently have been below 50% for months. For the week of March 26-April 1, only 46% of women approved of the Presidentís job performance.

To staunch this downward trend, and because President Obama can hardly run on his record, Democrats are doing what they know how to do bestóplay rough and use scare tactics. Months before Republicans have even selected their nominee, President Obama and his surrogates have gone for the jugular on everything Republican.

Theyíre attacking Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, as elitist and out of touch; theyíre attacking Rep. Paul Ryanís (R-WI) budget proposal as cruel and inhumane; theyíre attacking Republican justices on the U.S. Supreme Court as partisan judicial activists; and theyíre attacking Republican policies as anti-women.

None of this should come as a surprise. As former Ronald Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan recently pointed out in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, on the left itís all politics all the time. Theyíre talking points and slogans 24/7.

The right doesnít think in those terms, which puts them at a disadvantage. To paraphrase conservative commentator Monica Crowley, Republicans want to play politics like it was a round of golf. Democrats force them to play ice hockey. So Republicans are doing what they do worstóplaying defense on the Democrats rink, trying unsuccessfully to avoid taking a hockey stick in the chops.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democrats in Congress conjured up Sandra Fluke on making Catholic universities pay for free contraception; Rush Limbaugh skated right into their trap and got slammed into the boards. The liberal-media referees asked Rick Santorum, a devout Catholic, about contraception. Santorum responded with statements consistent with his religious beliefs but not contemporary practice, and he ended up in the penalty box.

The idea that Republicans are waging a war on women, however, is patently absurd. Iím sure that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), Gov. Susana Martinez (R-MN), vice chair of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and all the other up-an-coming Republican women donít see it that way.

If any political party is waging a war on women, itís Democrats waging war on conservative women. Of course, President Obamaís election campaign isnít attacking Republican women directly. It leaves that to the attack dogs on MSNBC, Bill Maher, and the liberal blogosphere that also reinforces the Republicans'-war-on-women talking points.

Nevertheless, as Democrats know well, they can succeed at vilifying Republicans as anti-women if they can just convince a relatively small number of women. Fifty percent of women voters, more or less, will vote Democratic as they traditionally have for many different reasons. The Presidentís strategy is aimed at those persuadable, Independent women that voted for Republicans in the 2010 mid-term elections. President Obama must win them back or he will lose the 2012 election.

What then must Republicans do to hold the ground they gained with women in 2010 and expose Democrats for the hypocrites they are in dealing with women?

They need to put on their hockey pads and prepare for rough and tumble play. Instead of attempting to woo Democrats off the hockey rink and onto the golf course by trying to change the subject, they need to meet the accusations Democrats make head on.

The difference between Democrats and Republicans, when it comes to women, is that Democrats want to make women dependent on big government and the Democratic Party; Republicans want to protect women from big government and the Democratic Party.

The greatest threat facing women in America isnít that Republicans will turn back the clock on womenís rights; that too is absurd; itís that America will become another Greece. In a bankrupt America the standard of living for all will plummet along with the opportunities to pursue careers and own small businesses women have worked so hard to create for themselves.

Those Independent American women have a clear choice. They can emulate Sandra Fluke and vote for a Democratic president that will give them more entitlements, more free benefits, and more government involvement in their healthcare and everyday life. Or they can emulate women that make America stronger and vote for a Republican president that will establish priorities, put America on a course toward a balanced federal budget, and preserve the future for their children.

Will President Obamaís Republicans'-war-on-women strategy work? I doubt it. I donít believe a sufficient number of Independent women voters will fall for it.

Independent woman voters are independent precisely because they donít walk in lockstep with either party and they donít vote for a presidential candidate solely based on what the candidate promises to do for women. They care about the same issues men care about. Theyíll vote for the candidate that offers the best hope for a strong and prosperous America; and they certainly arenít gullible.

My advice to Democrats; never underestimate womenís instincts or intelligence.

  

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