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To More and More Women, Romney Is the Safer Choice ^ | October 18, 2012 | Michael Barone

Posted on 10/18/2012 12:35:39 AM PDT by Kaslin

An interesting story from last winter: An email friend who lives in an affluent suburb far from Washington, a staunch Republican, was watching one of the Republican debates with his wife, a staunch Democrat.

He was surprised by her response to Mitt Romney. "He's a grown-up. He's someone who is reliable," he told me she said. "People will feel safe if he is in charge."

I've been thinking about that email in the wake of the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 and the vice presidential debate last week. (This is written on deadline before the Oct. 16 Long Island, N.Y., debate.)

There's obviously been a surge toward Romney. He was trailing in just about every national poll conducted before Oct. 3. He has been leading in most conducted since.

His national lead was matched as swing state polls came in. In the average of recent polls, he's ahead or even in states with 248 electoral votes. He's ahead, even or within 2 points in states with 301 electoral votes, 31 more than the 270-vote majority.

Fascinatingly, it appears that he's made greater gains among women than men. The USA Today/Gallup poll has him running even with Barack Obama among women, 48 to 48 percent. Pew Research Center's post-debate poll has women at 47 to 47.

That's a huge difference from 2008, when the exit poll showed Barack Obama leading John McCain among women by 56 to 43 percent. Men favored Obama by only 1 point.

All the evidence suggests that the first debate made the difference. "In every poll we've seen a major surge in favorability for Romney," Democratic pollster Celinda Lake told USA Today's Susan Page.

"Women went into the debate actively disliking Romney," she went on, "and they came out thinking he might understand their lives and might be able to get something done for them."

That sounds a lot like what my email friend's wife said last winter.

Obama campaign strategists are pooh-poohing the notion that Romney could be making gains with women.

Why, he's against "access to contraception," they thunder. That was something we heard a lot about at the Democratic National Convention.

But it's code language. "Access to contraception" turns out not to mean access to contraception. No one anywhere in the country is proposing to ban contraceptives. The Supreme Court ruled in 1965 -- 47 years ago! -- that states can't do that.

The code language refers to the Obamacare requirement that employers' health insurance pay for contraception. So "access" means you won't have to pay the $9 a month contraceptives cost at Wal-Mart.

Big deal. That's about the price of two pumpkin lattes at Starbucks.

Maybe it's just possible that women voters are more concerned about an economy where 23 million people are out of work or have quit looking.

Or about a president who the day after the murder of a U.S. ambassador flew off to a Las Vegas fundraiser and for two weeks kept blaming it on a spontaneous response to a video, contrary to what his State Department knew on day one.

Joe Biden tried to appeal to women by predicting that a Supreme Court with more Republican appointees might overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal.

One is reminded that Biden was near the bottom of his class at Syracuse Law School. A Roe reversal, which is highly unlikely no matter who is confirmed to the high court, would simply return the issue to the states. Abortion wouldn't be banned anywhere except, maybe, in Utah, Louisiana and Guam.

Once upon a time, abortion was a defining issue for many voters. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, partisan preferences on both sides were linked to strong religious and moral beliefs. Voters didn't switch parties much.

In the last half a dozen years, voters have responded more to events, emerging issues, and leaders' strengths and weaknesses. Many switched parties to vote for Obama. Some, many of them women, are switching now to vote for Romney.

Women tend to be more risk-averse than men, and the gender gap grew when Reagan Republicans were depicted as scaling back welfare state protections.

The debates may have shifted the perception of risk. The downcast Obama and the cackling Biden may have sounded dangerously risky. Many women may have felt, as my email friend's wife said last winter, they would feel safe if Romney were in charge.

Readers who watched Tuesday's debate can judge whether that still holds.

TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; mittromney; presidentialdebates; women

1 posted on 10/18/2012 12:35:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Between OBama’s support of Islam, crass equalization of women’s health with distributing as a pimp free condoms to his prostitutes, his twisting of Obama care into some kind of free pot and no health otherwise depression placebo crap (which Romneycare is not about but about more genuine education of the government into proper and REAL health), and other assortments of gross hypocrisies such as forcing the CAtholics to violate their consciousness on abortion provision (as if free abortion and condoms were not like free EBT liquor) allowing for the permissiveness of men on women without consequences... etc...

There is plenty of fodder there to completely counter Obama on his feminist harpy emotional scare driven intentions on women.

Already the lie Candy supposedly saved him from was in fact a trial of feminist and enemy possession that she avoided her little minion Zero to avoid undergoing, because Obama HATES America, and did not just make a mistake, but has for mandate to destroy and not qualify terrorists as such, because he is a foreign agent and possessed.

She went to the same hate feminist sessions as he did, she helped foment this kind of fubar homosexual minion hero of hers, like Morgana’s incestuous son. This is the reality.

The whole Manchurian thing is now on appeal for the next round to be more developed. Watch them slink away like growling demonics, you could see it in Zero’s lying possessed eyes when Romney was about to catch him and the scandal revelation was narrowly avoided.

2 posted on 10/18/2012 12:44:15 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Kaslin

A very cynical old man I know said that women are trading their black guy fantasy for a rich sugar daddy fantasy, ala 50 shades of gray.

3 posted on 10/18/2012 1:03:48 AM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard
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