Until now, the Republican ‘war on women’ was mostly a meme wielded by Democrats. But Mitt’s mask has slipped on equality
Mitt Romney‘s real success in the first presidential debate was to not emerge from the wings wearing horns and carrying a pitchfork, demanding that all the women in the audience submit immediately to transvaginal ultrasounds and relieving them of 23 cents for every dollar they happened to have on them. That is what the Obama campaign – with the help of many elected Republican officials who have been championing policies that slip easily into such shocking scenarios – prepared swing voters to expect.
When, instead, he came off as genial and direct, a proclaimed lover of both Big Bird and green energy, a lot of Americans appeared to accept this version of Romney. Polling in the immediate aftermath of the first debate showed that the Obama-Romney gender gap, which had been as high as 20 points in some states, had shrunk to almost nothing. Democratic pollster Celinda Lake told USA Today:
“Women went into the debate actively disliking Romney, and they came out thinking he might understand their lives and might be able to get something done for them.”
In Tuesday night’s second presidential debate, however, Mitt Romney not only failed to further his case that he understood women’s lives, he made the mistake of revealing exactly what it is he might be able to do for them: commission a “binder full” of their resumes.
Right. I guess this is what makes him a “small-government conservative”. Forget creating a law that allows women to sue for equal pay (the Ledbetter Act, Obama’s first major piece of legislation); just personally hire a woman every once in a while.