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Why Democrats Are Ditching the 'War on Women' Rhetoric
National Journal ^ | 08/01/2014 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS

Posted on 08/01/2014 1:58:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Democrats want to talk about "personhood" and reproductive freedom. They want to tell voters about a stubborn pay gap and women hurt by a low minimum wage. But what they don't want to do is talk about a "war on women."

Indeed, the party that so effectively deployed the "war" rhetoric to help defeat Mitt Romney in 2012 has now sworn off its catch phrase, dropping it almost completely from a campaign strategy that, in so many other ways, is still very much about women's issues.

"[Saying] 'Republicans are waging a war on women' actually doesn't test very well," said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. "Women find it divisive, political—they don't like it."

So Democratic candidates, who need to expand their margins among female voters and bring unmarried women to the polls in November, are shifting the language they use to pitch these issues to voters. Instead of the "war," Lake said, testing has shown more effective language casts Republicans' positions as "too extreme" or the GOP as "out of touch with women's lives."

The phrase "war on women" arose fairly early in 2012, around the time radio commentator Rush Limbaugh referred to activist Sandra Fluke as a "slut." The party used the notion of a Republican "war on women" to help bring down Romney's presidential bid and appeal to women in swing states who ultimately helped President Obama secure a second term.

Those same issues remain potent in many of the most competitive Senate races across the electoral map: Colorado, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and North Carolina, to name a few, are places where women's issues have already played prominently.

"I think that phrase was a 2012 thing—but the issues are very much alive and well, especially here," said Chris Harris, communications director for Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; agitprop; democrats; democratswaronwomen; dnctalkingpoints; elections; hypocrites; propaganda; waronchildren; waronwomen; waronwomenmeme; wendydavis

1 posted on 08/01/2014 1:58:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

All politics of pandering is disgusting.


2 posted on 08/01/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think it’s because most Americans have figured out that it’s the commie lib ‘RATS who are really engaged in a “War on Woman.”


3 posted on 08/01/2014 2:02:21 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The party used the notion of a Republican "war on women" to help bring down Romney's presidential bid and appeal to women in swing states who ultimately helped President Obama secure a second term.

Bull Cheese. Wishful thinking? There are many reasons why Romney lost. But this so called war on women was not even a minimum factor.

4 posted on 08/01/2014 2:02:47 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The "War on WOMEN" doesn't make much sense when your political party supports ISLAM
who believes in slavery and "SUBMISSION" , and
who believes that women are property, and have no civil rights !!
5 posted on 08/01/2014 2:05:34 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: SeekAndFind
Udall is doing that here. He is attacking Gardner on "personhood," which he at one time supported but no longer does.

I've seen other Democrats here who ran on the abortion issue when they got in trouble, but it just doesn't seem to be a winner. Not when the economy still stinks and Obamacare is playing havoc.

6 posted on 08/01/2014 2:06:21 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
And respects camels as much as women !!
7 posted on 08/01/2014 2:06:45 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
The "War on WOMEN" doesn't make much sense when your political party supports ISLAM

and Bill Clinton, sexual predator and rapist.

8 posted on 08/01/2014 2:08:54 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: SeekAndFind

So when do we get to talk about:

The Democrat War on American Liberty?
The Democrat War on the Constitution?
The Democrat War on Western Civilization?
The Democrat War on Common Sense?
The Democrat War on American National Sovereignty?
The Democrat War on American Security?


9 posted on 08/01/2014 2:09:29 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman
The Democrat War on the Middle Class?
The Democrat War on marriage?
The Democrat War on traditional families?
The Democrat War on religion (except Islam and their state sponsored version)?
The Democrat War on legal immigrants and citizens?
The Democrat War on Main Street, small businesses and family farms?
The Democrat War on coal and domestic energy development?
10 posted on 08/01/2014 2:22:05 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind
I like to think it's because of my image...

but I could be wrong... :) :)

The War On Women

If there ever was a war on women, Hillary was a Lieutenant and Bill was the General.

11 posted on 08/01/2014 2:35:09 PM PDT by Fear The People (When the government fears the people, you have LIBERTY.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
The only consideration is whether a lie is accepted by the public; the concept of actually telling the truth doesn't even enter the discussion.
Still, it's beyond comprehension that this slogan ever got any traction at all. How could any voter miss the fact that the Democrat agenda is inimical to women and all living things?
12 posted on 08/01/2014 2:41:01 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: windsorknot

And Biden swimming nude in front of female Secret Service agents.


13 posted on 08/01/2014 2:41:04 PM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: SeekAndFind
The party used the notion of a Republican "war on women" to help bring down Romney's presidential bid and appeal to women in swing states who ultimately helped President Obama secure a second term.

Except that Obama's percentage of the female vote shrank in 2012, and Romney won easily with Independents.

14 posted on 08/01/2014 2:49:20 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: ansel12

Imagine what Romney could have done if he had professionals running his GOTV efforts, instead of the ORCA fiasco.


15 posted on 08/01/2014 2:55:21 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: ansel12

I think the Demonrat voter fraud factor played a significant (if not decisive) role in Romney’s defeat. Romney was drawing bigger crowds than the Obamanation in key states, yet lost.


16 posted on 08/01/2014 3:14:15 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: dirtboy

Nothing could fix Romney, switching back to his pro-abortion position after winning the nomination and swearing endlessly that he had switched to pro-life in 2005, and running pro-choice ads in Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, among other things, like him reminding voters that he still maintained his 20 year support for gay Scout leaders, was just rubbing it in the face of republican voters.


17 posted on 08/01/2014 3:14:58 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: luvbach1

Romney lost by millions and cost us down the ticket.

See post 17.


18 posted on 08/01/2014 3:16:30 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: ansel12

I guess Romney lost legitimately but I still remember the precincts where Obama got over 100% of the votes.


19 posted on 08/01/2014 3:42:11 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: luvbach1

Fraud with democrat voting is as old as the mid 1800s immigration, as the corrupt and liberal immigrants took over the big cities, but it didn’t decide the 2012 election.

Romney is a decades old disaster in GOP politics, with a single under 50% election victory, for an office that he gave up hope for reelection in, and left with 34% approval.

Remember that in 2008 he lost to two burnouts with no money or organizations, and Romney started that primary as the 800 pound gorilla, and pumped in 50 million dollars of his own money, in fact for 2012, remember how all those low caliber challengers kept getting their day in the sun as republican primary voters were doing everything they could to avoid Mitt.


20 posted on 08/01/2014 3:50:25 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: SeekAndFind

How about mentioning the Democrats’ War on Babies? Democrats have supported the killing of millions of unborn women and are proud of it.


21 posted on 08/01/2014 3:54:09 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

22 posted on 08/01/2014 5:07:53 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Fledermaus
"[Saying] 'Republicans are waging a war on women' actually doesn't test very well," said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. "Women find it divisive, political—they don't like it."

It was a nasty lie back then - it's a nasty lie today. Democrats don't care if it's a lie they care that it's not 'working'.... Lowlifes.

23 posted on 08/01/2014 5:22:17 PM PDT by GOPJ ( NBC - - "Nothing But Crap" network ... jerk smirk scum...)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
The "War on WOMEN" doesn't make much sense when your political party supports ISLAM who believes in slavery and "SUBMISSION" , and who believes that women are property, and have no civil rights !!

Good point!

24 posted on 08/01/2014 5:23:03 PM PDT by GOPJ ( NBC - - "Nothing But Crap" network ... jerk smirk scum...)
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To: DFG

And Biden swimming nude in front of female Secret Service agents.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

They didn’t see anything.


25 posted on 08/01/2014 7:18:24 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept me from going insane.)
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