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Activist Monday: What Will Women Do on Election Day?

Posted on: October 20, 2014

Good Monday, Widdershins. It’s getting close to Election Day for Senators, Representatives and Governors all over these United States. Now, I know it’s not National “I Told You So” Day yet, but it might as well be.

Female voters powered President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney in 2012, as Democrats leaned heavily on social issues to rally single women and suburban moms to the polls.

But with two weeks until Election Day, the president’s diminished standing with women is quickly becoming one of the biggest liabilities facing Democrats as they struggle to hang onto the Senate majority.

In battleground states across the country, Obama is underwater with female voters — especially women unaffiliated with a political party — and it’s making it harder for Democrats to take advantage of the gender gap, according to public polling and Democratic strategists.

The “gender gap” is what the media calls the tendency for women to vote Democratic, which, if female voter turnout is high, overcomes the tendency of men to vote Republican. By “social issues,” the article is referring to this:

Democrats in this trio of states [Iowa, New Hampshire and Colorado] have focused heavily on abortion rights, contraception access and other female-targeted wedge issues.

It’s not clear whether those efforts are translating. Rob Collins, the executive director of the Senate GOP campaign operation, said Thursday he believes the messaging efforts around female reproductive rights have turned off swing women voters in these states. “This isn’t the only thing that women care about,” he said. “This is why they have not been able to maximize their gains despite massive investments on this issue.”

Somehow, women don’t seem to be that enthusiastic about coming out to vote for “abortion rights.” Gee, I wonder why? Maybe these Democratic strategists should have asked women in their states what the top issues for them are right now instead of assuming it’s All About Abortion?

This is not to say that abortion isn’t an important topic. But, it’s what I would consider a secondary one when it comes to state and local races. Most likely, your Governor, Senator or Representative is not going to be able to change the culture or laws regarding abortion – that will be done by the Supreme Court. What they are going to be able to do is, voters hope, change the quality of life in the state. Maybe create jobs, clean up the environment, get more money for hospitals and veterans, promote equal pay for equal work? Nah, what would women care about things like that?

Although I am saying “I told you so,” I truly feel it is a horrible shame that Obama turned out just as poorly as we PUMAs thought he would. Just like the snotty Obamatrons used to do in 2008, Obama’s Democratic Party is condescendingly telling women, “Where else you gonna go? You don’t want these nasty Republicans taking away your ‘abortion rights,’ do you?” Fail, boyz. According to a poll sponsored by Women’s Voices Women Vote, the economy is the biggest topic on everyone’s minds. If Obama been the FDR we needed him to be in 2009, when he had an 80% favorability rating and a Democratic House and Senate, I believe the Tea Party wouldn’t have won 10 House seats, much less swept in 2010. Unfortunately, the only accomplishments I can think of in the Obama years have been Obamacare (a mixed blessing to say the least) and being the first African-American president. While that was an important milestone in our country’s history, as I said back in 2007 and 2008, this was not the time to break THAT barrier. We needed the right person for the job. We needed a strong, dynamic and brilliantly strategic Chief Executive, who would actually try to fix what Bush broke, and oh by the way, would have been the first woman President (not that the Democratic Party cared about women and what they wanted, then as now). After 5 years of a Hillary Clinton presidency, does anyone really think that women would be voting Republican because of the economy? Or that anyone would be, except die-hard party loyalists?

I know a lot of this is just speculation, but given Hillary’s many years in public service, I do believe that we can predict what she would do as President. And I also think that if the Democratic Party had not thrown her under the bus in 2008, we wouldn’t be in a position to have both the House and Senate potentially controlled by the right-wingiest, nut-jobbiest sh*tbags I’ve ever seen in office.

I hope that women turn out to prevent this on Election Day, but the way they have been taken for granted and underestimated by the Democratic Party for the past several years, I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t.

This is an open thread.

3 Responses to "Activist Monday: What Will Women Do on Election Day?"

he believes the messaging efforts around female reproductive rights have turned off swing women voters in these states.

I don’t think this is necessarily a turn off for women swing voters in this election, but certainly it’s not high on the list. In the La senate race, the Repubs are slamming Landrieu on the fact that she doesn’t own a house in the state (she stays at her parents’ huge house when she’s in the state) but owns a house in DC. And the Repubs are slamming her on her vote for Obamacare and the fact that a lot of those useless health plans that didn’t pass muster under the A.C.A. and were grandfathered for a year, are now going to be done away with and people will have to look for new plans.

Excellent points MB.

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