November 1 2012

The Real War on Women: Insulting Our Intelligence

Charlotte Hays

Just how dumb does the Obama campaign think women are? If President Obama fails to get elected to a second term, the reason could turn out to be that women saw through his campaign’s fake and tasteless “War on Women” strategy.

Debra Saunders writes this morning that NARAL Pro-Choice America leader Nancy Keenan is heading to Ohio this week to “target” what the group is calling “defectors,” women who voted for President Obama in 2008 but are thinking about voting for Mitt Romney this year.

We won’t know until Tuesday if this works—and it could, because, as Saunders notes, playing to the base often does—but it could also backfire. The underlying assumption in the use of the word “defectors” shows a sense of ownership, and, moreover, it is “a term usually reserved for Syrian troops who go AWOL or adults who escaped the yoke of authoritarian regimes.”

One of the reasons the Obama campaign appears to be floundering with women is that it misrepresented the “issue” of contraception:

Thus, the Obama White House set up a false dichotomy: Obama, for access to contraception, versus Romney, who opposes Obamacare and its "access" to contraception. Repeat endlessly, and people might start to think Romney wants to prevent women's ability to obtain birth control.

But it appears not to have worked:

"Do I really think we're going back to the point where women won't be able to have abortions or birth control is going to be rationed?" Cincinnati voter Dana Hogan asked during an interview with The New York Times. She added, "I think it's just a scare tactic. Really, you think women are that dumb?"

In a column on the emptiness of the campaign President Obama has waged to hold onto his job, George Will has this to say about the “War on Women:”

Much of the Democratic Party’s vast reservoir of condescension is currently focused on women, who are urged not to trouble their pretty little heads about actual problems but instead to worry that, 52 years after birth control pills went on the market and 47 years after access to contraception became a constitutional right, reproductive freedom is at risk. This insult may explain the shift of women toward Romney.

The Obama campaign obviously thought we were morons.

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