Oops: Dems “War On Women” Meme Not Particularly Successful
Ever since the Democrats trotted student professional activist Sandra Fluke up to a fake Congressional hearing, in which she told us that law students needed to spend a whopping $1,000 a year on birth control, which they couldn’t afford, despite attending a fancy, expensive law school, the Democrats have been attempting to paint a picture of some kind of Republican war on women, especially after the comments Rush Limbaugh made. Then it was shown that liberals tend to make some pretty misogynistic comments, particularly about Conservative women.
And, what did we learn? Well, besides Limbaugh gaining viewers and new stations, well, the Politico grudgingly tells us that the war on women meme is failing, at least in a bluer than blue state
Brown’s continued strength in Massachusetts should alarm Democrats banking on demonizing those on the right as complicit in a “war on women.” Even many voters in the bluest-of-blue state of Massachusetts aren’t buying this line.
Independent Women’s Voice led an independent expenditure ahead of the special election in 2010 to redefine the Brown-Coakley contest as a consequential event deciding the fate of federal legislation on health care and “the critical 41st Senate vote.” And now, in a poll of 505 likely voters in Massachusetts, conducted by the polling companyâ„¢ and IWV finds Brown now leads 47 percent to 39 percent, while 12 percent of respondents remain undecided. Asked to recall their voting preferences from one month ago, 43 percent said they had supported Brown compared with 34 percent who had supported Warren.
This suggests that Brown’s lead narrowed by a statistically insignificant one point, during a month in which the media-narrative was a moderate Republican’s nightmare. Democrats turned public concern about the Obama administration’s mandate that employers (including those with religious affiliations) must provide health insurance covering abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization into a national discussion of Republican attitudes regarding contraception. GOP missteps – from failing to showcase women at prominent congressional hearings about religious liberty versus the mandate, recast by the left as being about women’s health, to conservative icon Rush Limbaugh, misled by an inaccurate report, insulting a Georgetown law student/contraceptive activist (for which he apologized, but by then the narrative was set) – allowed Democrats to twist opposition to the unprecedented government mandate into a “GOP War on Women.” Elizabeth Warren, the prominent, feminist Harvard professor, seems particularly well positioned to seize this narrative and find a sympathetic audience in the Bay State.
What they determine is that those who bought into the Democrat narrative were those who were predisposed to vote Democrat anyhow, and, as for others
More than half of those who have increased support for Brown in the past month say the health care, birth control mandate debate influenced their vote “a great deal” or “some” compared with only 39 percent of those who recently increased support for Elizabeth Warren.
I’d suggest the increase is because women aren’t stupid. Without attempting to be insulting, women can be very emotional in their beliefs, causing men consternation, because we tend to be practical and try and solve problems when we should be comforting (right now, every man is remembering that time when they got in trouble for this). But, they can also inherently tell when someone is trying to pull the wool over their eyes, when they are completely full of mule fritters. And women prefer to be treated as individuals, not as a group. Democrats expected women as a group to buy into their bat guano narrative regarding the mandate that Catholic religious organizations provide contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients with no copays to those one their insurance plans. They haven’t, because women can smell bullsh*t a mile away, and,also, women do not like to be patronized.
The article does suggest that Republicans need to frame this issue appropriately. Also, that voters want to hear about the real consequences of policy decisions, not overwrought emotional appeals, which, face it, is pretty much all Democrats have left. They sure do not want to talk about the results of their policies.