Skip to comments.President Obama, the ladies’ man
Posted on 05/01/2012 3:02:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Hes tall and handsome. It doesnt hurt that he croons rhythm and blues and can shake it up on the dance floor. President Barack Obama is the ultimate ladies man, but not because of his swagger or looks. His popularity among women boils down to politics.
Part of his appeal to women is simply inherited. For decades women have preferred Democratic candidates. The other part of his female magnetism comes from his aggressively courting women this past year by highlighting womens policy issues.
Women are predisposed toward Democratic candidates. In the 2008 presidential election women preferred Obama by 7 percent over John McCain. This preference by the part of women voters in 2008 was only part of a larger trend known as the gender gap.
Since 1980 there has been a significant difference between the percentage of women and men voting for a presidential candidates, with larger proportions of women preferring the Democratic candidate. Perhaps not surprisingly, the largest gender gap in history occurred in 1996 with President Bill Clinton capturing 11 percent more of the female vote.
While Obama knows hes got the gender gap on his side, hes not relying on this alone going into the 2012 general election. Over the last six months the president together with his partys congressional delegation has sought out policy positions that center on women and more specifically that highlight differences between Republicans and Democrats on such issues. The Democrats have done a good job racking up the policy points and painting the GOP as not very attractive.
In early February the Susan G. Komen Foundation stated it would cut off funding of preventive breast-cancer screening services to Planned Parenthood. This proposal unleashed a maelstrom of criticism that eventually led the Komen Foundation to reverse its decision. Pro-choice advocates together with the larger Democratic Party chalked up a big public relations win. Anti-abortion groups and the Republican Party were framed as callous for disregarding the preventive health needs of women, especially low-income women, who use Planned Parenthood services for breast cancer screenings.
Soon after the dust settled from the Komen Foundation controversy, the Obama administration brought women back into the spotlight announcing mandatory birth control coverage. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation Poll the majority of Americans supported the mandate, and not surprisingly the higher level of support came from those most directly affected by the policy proposal, women. More important, two-thirds of Independent women, those women whose vote is the holy grail of any candidate, support the mandate.
Not a month had passed when women were back in the mix of political controversy. In late April the Democratic-led Senate passed a re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act that provides funding for social and health programs to curb violence and help victims. Further measures were added to broaden the protections of the act prompting the Republican-led House of Representatives to signal their lack of support for the re-authorization. While House Republicans state they are working on their own alternative version of the bill, the lack of outright support for a bill that seeks to protect women from violence is not the best move in courting female voters.
This summer Democrats will continue to court women, this time through a reintroduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act. This act would allow employees to address wage discrimination through the disclosure of salary information. The act passed the House in 2009, however stalled in the Senate. This summer, Senate Democrats have indicated their intentions to revive the bill. While the bill does not have a good chance of getting past the Republican-led House, it provides an excellent opportunity for the Democrats to further court women.
The presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is neck in neck with Obama in the polls. However, among women, he continues to lag behind the president. Republican presidential contenders are short on women from the get-go. However, in 2012, the GOP is at a particular disadvantage as a result of the vigorous policy offensive line the Democrats are taking with the female electorate. The fact that Mitt Romney doesnt have the smooth voice of Obama also doesnt help the case for the GOPs presidential candidate.
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto is a Fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, a visiting scholar in the Department of Government and director of communications for Latino Decisions.
You forgot the barf alert.
Oh, yeah...."a smooth voice"....sweet talkin' the ladies to get their vote...there's smart women, and dumb women....the dummies vote for the "smooth voice"
PLUS...some of us women think he sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard X 100!!!
http://drvmds.com/about/ About the “doctor”
Good thing she’s not a lawyer....take a look at HER take on Arizona’s SB1070
In today’s world, absolutely. For the majority of women under 40, it’s all about “reproductive rights” — their code word for promiscuity. Anything that interferes with it, they’re against. Anything that supports it, they’re for. Hence, Obama has them in the palm of his hand.
Reminds me of a Billy Dee Williams Colt 45 commercial. I think I'm gonna be sick.
Dan Savage loves him too.
My Fearlessly Ineligible Maximum Lader is not, NOT I say, gay. This here article proves it. The guy is a Babe Magnet!
Michelle is consumed with jealousy over his roving eye. Why it wouldn't surprise me at all if the National Enquirer breaks the story of Obama, a young mistress ... and gasp ... a baby!
What a STUD! Gay? No way Hosay!
The same women are predisposed toward Communism...
I’ve never been so happy to be abnormal. :P
...but can she iron a shirt?
I was going to say something tacky about “promiscuity” and the “palm of his hand” - but I thought better of it.......
I almost threw up in my mouth. These idiots are freaking psycho.
Many women love “The Gays”...they are safe and fun to go shopping with....watch just about any TV drama or comedy show and it portrays some gay guy as the BFF of a leading woman character - it’s always in the script.
Barry could easily be an actor playing the BFF character - it’s what he is.
He’s repulsive, GAG
If women are this stupid...