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Obama Campaign to Take Advantage of the Republicans' Women Issue (Huh?)
New York Magazine ^ | March 11, 2012 | Caroline Bankoff

Posted on 03/11/2012 12:50:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

According to the New York Times, this Monday, the Obama re-election effort will take advantage of our National “Conversation” about women’s issues to launch a mailing campaign aimed at female voters in battleground states. Materials will be sent to independents, with “separate versions for mothers, young women and older women.” Additionally, organizers will reach out to via “phone banks, campus activities, house parties and media events featuring local residents helped by the [the administration’s new heath care] law,” all of which will be capped off by a “Women’s Week of Action” later in the month.

While women have long tended toward the Democrats, the Obama team has been presented with a unique opportunity to win over a large swath of undecided voters who, it has become clear, are increasingly put off by the Republican candidates’ apparent fixation on their sex lives. (Rick Santorum and his vociferous anti-birth control/prenatal testing/single motherhood views seem to draw particular ire.) Via the Times:

“Everybody is so busy telling us how we should act in the bedroom, they’re letting the country fall through the cracks,” said Fran Kelley, a retired public school worker in Seattle who voted for Senator John McCain over Mr. Obama in the 2008 election. Of the Republican candidates this year, she added, “They’re nothing but hatemongers trying to control everyone, saying, ‘Live as I live.’”

And then, of course (of course!), there’s Rush Limbaugh who, while not technically a Republican politician, added his signature brand of fuel to the issue with his “slut” outburst. Following that, the Right has attempted to drum up similar disgust for liberal commentators, with mixed results: Last week, comedian Louis C.K. backed out of his hosting gig at the Radio & Television Correspondents' Association, right after Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren announced she would boycott the event over his presence. Referring to his use of the word “c*nt” to describe Sarah Palin, she said, “He denigrates all women and looks to the crowd to laugh." Similarly, Republicans have called for a pro-Obama Super PAC to return $1 million donated by comedian Bill Maher, who has used the aforementioned slur in reference Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. This morning, during an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer shot down the idea:

"Rush Limbaugh's comments were just nasty and directed at a particular young woman who had a particular point of view and was expressing herself. Bill Maher's a comedian. It's much different...Rush Limbaugh has tremendous weight in the Republican Party and no one will rebut him. Bill Maher's a comedian who's on at 11 o'clock at night, but has very little influence on what's happening here."

Of course, it’s true that comedians like Maher and C.K. (and MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, who recently apologized for calling Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut”) do not have the kind of party influence that Limbaugh does. The fact that so many people consider Limbaugh to be the de facto leader of the Republican party is the Republican party’s (and Mitt Romeny’s!) problem. And, as mentioned, the Republicans’ apparent inability to produce a leader who can manage to re-frame this issue is good for the Democrats. However, it would be a good thing for everyone if all this shouting resulted in something besides votes for one side or another — like, perhaps, a bi-partisan commitment to coming up with words other than “slut” for women with whom you disagree. As Washington Post’s liberal Melinda Henneberger pointed out, “The problem is that somehow, a sexist rant is only a sexist rant when it’s an attack on a woman in our own party.”


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: democrats; limbaugh; obama; rush
The press and Democrats need to keep up: Miss Fluke has been shown to be an Obama pawn and feminist agitator, with not a speck of credibility. BTW, Wal-Mart charges $9 a month for birth control pills, without medical insurance and schools hand out free condoms like candy thrown from a Mardi Gras float!
1 posted on 03/11/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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It occurs to me that one of Obama's strongest support groups have always been women. The needy people who want someone big and powerful to take care of them love Obama. Feminists wouldn't admit it, but they fit into this picture. Big Government helps them so that they don't need a hateful man around messing up their lives.

If Obama is working hard to secure the support of women, then I think he is trying to just make up ground which he has lost since 2008.

2 posted on 03/11/2012 12:56:46 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("And the public gets what the public wants" -- The Jam)
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Go ahead president A**h**e, use another lie. All you have is lies and distortions. Karma will get you you little wuss.


3 posted on 03/11/2012 1:02:03 PM PDT by toddausauras (FUBO x 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)
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Obama Campaign to Take Advantage of the Republicans' Women Issue (Huh?)...Huh? indeed - it was Democrat Teddy Kennedy who let a woman drown to try to save his reputation - Democrat Bill Clinton who masturbated an intern with a cigar in the White House (in addition to groping and probably raping others) - Obama contributor Bill Maher who called Sarah Palin a cun* - leftwing supporters Schultz, Letterman, and many others who have demeaned conservatives like Malkin and Bachmann - and on and on - It's the 'rats, not the pubs, who have the "Woman Problem"......
4 posted on 03/11/2012 1:10:04 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To state that the dems are going to “take advantage” of a repub “women problem” .. seems to forget the real issue .. THIS WAS A MANUFACTURED PROBLEM BY THE DEMOCRATS.

ANYONE WHO DOES NOT GET THAT .. IS WATCHING THE WRONG TV STATIONS AND LISTENING TO THE WRONG RADIO STATIONS.

Since we know that a former communications person for the Obama admin is shopping Fluke around to the different liberal networks .. THE FIGHT IS OVER BEFORE IT BEGAN.

Only the dems are too stupid to figure it out.


5 posted on 03/11/2012 1:18:46 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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Nearly every one of these supposed ‘feminine outrage’ articles have been penned by woman that are Leftie harridans. Follow on with Allred, Fonda, Steinem, ad nauseum and the henhouse is in full cackle. Truth is, women have left the 0bama camp in droves..and they are desparate to gt them back. Screeching about these trumped up issues is the only way they know how. Broken record after broken record.


6 posted on 03/11/2012 1:28:40 PM PDT by SueRae (Tale of 2 Towers - First, Isengaard (GOP-e), then, the Tower of Sauron on 11.06.2012)
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and there’s little public response from the GOP- the bill in the senate last week was a good start- but until someone has the balls, preferably a female GOP senator/congresswoman, to get in front of the camera daily and say its ridiculous that health insurance and premium payers should foot a $3000/annual bill for birth control for a law student this crap will continue....

the GOP has effed up so many things which they had the ability to cut off the rats at the knees- this is just another example....


7 posted on 03/11/2012 1:44:36 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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Political activity has devolved to feminists competing with feminists (male and female) for control over government, business and academia at all levels. That’ll be all over with, though, on the other end of the default process, same as during the Great Depression but much more so.


8 posted on 03/11/2012 1:59:57 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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