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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Not even Republican women get women voters

Steve Benen:

Ann Romney was in Ohio this morning, sounding a little desperate about the gender gap undermining her husband’s campaign.

Her husband, Mitt Romney, is attuned to women’s struggles, especially their economic struggles, and, Ann Romney said, “I know that Mitt will be there for you.”

“Women, you need to wake up,” she told the largely female audience at a “Women For Mitt” rally in Findlay, Ohio. “Women have to ask themselves who is going to … be there for you. I can promise you, I know that Mitt will be there for you, he will stand up for you, he will hear your voices, he knows how to fix an economy, he’s a can do kind of guy, he’s a turnaround guy.”


[W]hat Ann Romney may not fully appreciate is why her husband is struggling so badly with women voters. If her remarks today are any indication, Romney seems to think her husband will create jobs, women will get many of those jobs, ergo, women should vote for Romney. Never mind what Obama has done, or how progressive he is on gender equality; Romney’s economic plans should be enough to win women over, notwithstanding the failures of those plans during his one term as governor.

Benen goes on to say that “Romney’s platform is a disaster for women’s health; Romney doesn’t have the spine to endorse the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Romney won’t endorse the pending Violence Against Women Act; Romney took the coward’s way out when Limbaugh targeted Sandra Fluke; Romney has offered support for a ‘Personhood’ measure that’s so extreme it would ban some forms of birth control; Romney intends to destroy the Affordable Care Act, which would be a huge setback millions of women; and Romney’s running mate has one of the worst voting records on women’s issues in Congress.”

But maybe women can be bought off with the vague promise of better economic times. In fact, Ann’s stridency suggests that women should be bought off with this stuff — and that there’s something wrong with American women who aren’t taking the bribe. A few extra bucks for a return to second-class citizenship? The answer is “no thanks” — and that answer seems genuinely perplexing to the astonishingly out of touch Romneys.

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