Unless Mitt Romney finds a plausible way to convince women that he really isn’t the dick he’s portrayed himself to be, the difference in November might come down to this.
President Obama has opened the first significant lead of the 2012 campaign in the nation’s dozen top battleground states, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, boosted by a huge shift of women to his side.
In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters just a month after the president had trailed him by two percentage points.
The biggest change came among women under 50. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Obama. Now more than six in 10 do while Romney’s support among them has dropped by 14 points, to 30%. The president leads him 2-1 in this group.
Romney stating that he’d end federal funding of Planned Parenthood and that he supported the Blunt Amendment which would have given employers the right to prevent women from obtaining insurance coverage for contraception (or any other service) based on the employer’s religious or moral beliefs, is no way to make friends among women or any other fair-minded, sensible part of the electorate. In fact the entire focus on social issues (thank you Mr. Limbaugh and Santorum) has damaged Republican’s standing with women to an extent which goes far beyond the presidential race.
The fall election campaign will see Republicans spending millions in advertising trying to convince women that they really have their best interests at heart and that their supposed war on women was one big lie brought to you compliments of lying libs in the lamestream media. Yawn.
Dems, of course, will spend an equally obscene amount of money reminding women voters of exactly where Republicans stand on women’s rights. All of this
begs raises the question: why are social issues in play in this election year? It’s a losing proposition for conservatives – especially when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. Wasn’t this election supposed to be about ‘it’s the economy, stupid’?
A Republican strategist noted, “The focus on contraception has not been a good one for us … and Republicans have unfairly taken on water on this issue.” Unfairly? How delusional can these people be? They refuse to take responsibility for any of the shit they find themselves in. Republicans are the ones who brought up the social issues. It is their doing and it’s their candidates, their members in Congress and their conservative media who haven’t been able to restrain themselves from coming off as a bunch of white guys in suits hoping to take their country back to a time before women’s suffrage gave women the right to vote.
As for contraception not being a good issue for Republicans, here’s a little zinger from a TPM reader.
…because the previous focus on republicans as xenophobic, racist a-hole who oppose science, support the rich and oppose health care is such a winner for them.