Skip to comments.Democrats Credit Phony “War on Women” With Beating Cuccinnelli, Plan 2014 Attacks
Posted on 11/11/2013 3:35:17 PM PST by NYer
The pro-life movement has an opportunity to re-capture the Senate from abortion activists next year, but pro-life Republican candidates who are looking to win Senate seat in the mid-term elections need to be prepared for continued phony attacks accusing them of engaging in a so-called War on Women.
During the Virginia gubernatorial election, the Planned Parenthood abortion business threw $1 million in false attacks on pro-life candidate Ken Cuccinelli at Virginia voters. They flooded their mailboxes with propaganda aimed at making Cuccinellis mainstream pro-life views look out of touch by falsely characterizing him as opposing birth control and contraception. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign joined in on the smear campaign and most voters had a difficult time avoiding the constant drumbeats of television and radio commercials making it appear Cuccinelli hated women.
That lie of attack was successful against pro-life candidates in the 2012 presidential election and Planned Parenthood and other abortion activist groups successfully targeted Mitt Romney and Senate candidates with false ads saying they, too, oppose contraception and birth control — despite their numerous protestations that they merely opposed abortion.
Candidates should expect more of the same in 2014 and they had better be prepared now with responses showing their pro-life views at part of mainstream America.
As Politico reported this weekend, Democrats understand the mileage they made with the false attacks and are already planning to bring them back next year.
I think we’re going to get to a point where how many times do voters across the country need to send the tea party and the Republican Party a message? Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told POLITICO at McAuliffes victory party. Stop the divisiveness; stop the polarization; stop the obsessive focus on womens reproductive health.
Whether that line of argument can be replicated in the 2014 midterms may hinge on who the GOP candidates are and how they respond. Republicans note that many politicians on the ballot next year haven’t prioritized social issues the way Cuccinelli has throughout his career in Virginia politics and they vow that their candidates won’t be defined by the subject.
Being pro-life is a majority position in this country or at least close to it, said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brad Dayspring. Candidates have to explain their positions without getting stuck getting nitpicked to death. We fully expect the war on women politics to be used and exploited by Democrats, [and] we fully expect our candidates to be fully prepared for it.
It was the most pronounced I’ve ever seen it, Dawn Laguens, executive director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said, speaking on a panel Thursday about the emphasis on womens health issues in the Virginia race.
McAuliffe won the overall female vote by 9 percentage points, 51 percent to 42 percent slightly below President Barack Obamas margin and far below what polls ahead of the election suggested but 5 percentage points higher than Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deedss support among women in 2009. Cuccinelli won among married women, 51 percent to 42 percent, according to exit poll data.
Republicans say the closer-than-expected race proves that the war on women narrative isn’t nearly as potent as Democrats suggest.
The Democrats tried focusing completely on social issues in Virginia and won by just under 3 percentage points, said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski, who said Republicans are emphasizing Obamacare.
What is definitely clear is that Republicans need to go on the offense on abortion. Voters should have spent more time considering Terry McAuliffe’s extreme abortion views — how he promised he would accept no limits on late-term abortions to taxpayer funding of abortions — than on false attacks on pro-life candidates.
Didn’t Cooch win a majority of white women?
I'll tell you. If you look at the exit polls, there's something there. I may get a little trouble for this strain of analysis. But you look at Cuccinelli, and Cuccinelli beat McAuliffe in what I call the... This is where I'm gonna get in trouble. I can't think of another word for it, so I just call it the "wholesome" category: Married people, people that work, people who are self-reliant and all that. He won them in droves.
Cuccinelli won the non- @#!*% vote.
Yup, they love killing babies. Not sure why. They are so cute and helpless when they are little.
Maybe it’s because they might grow up to be gun toting, bible thumping, right wing conspiracy theorist?
Cuccinelli won 54% of the white female vote. His “extreme” social views had little to do with why he lost.
Can’t be that. Only gun fearing God hating people abort their babies.
Women of color love their abortions.
I was born to 2 of them..
I turned out to be the type of person I was talking about ;)
The only way we win this is to flip it on them.
Show who really has the war on women.
They’ve been sold a bill of goods since Ms Magazine.
this idea of sexual liberation, of no fault divorce, of birth control, of being treated like a man. Look what’s it’s gotten everyone. Special protected classes. Men and women at odds over everything. Double standards because women aren’t men. Makes men dislike women further, makes women more depressed they can’t measure up in certain things. Turns off men that might be on their side save it costs them personally due to favoritism policies. It’s the left’s backhanded compliment that women can’t do it on their own, they need the libs to make things easier for them because they can’t do it without help. These people have told women lies. Lies like they can have it all. Career, kids, leisure time, and nothing will suffer. MEN NEVER HAD IT ALL. Women were told being at home was being in chains. Too easy and not a real job, that’s why you don’t get a paycheck. Conservatives didn’t feed them that line.
Let’s start talking about who’s really been at war with women the last 60 years.
The GOPe and RNC’s lack of support threw that race.
Rush captures the true essence of what happened in this one line. You'll see and read talking head after talking head bloviate ad-nauseum about what happened and they'll never get close to the truth as Rush did in that one simple statement.
And if you want to prove that Rush is right, just repeat that line to any non-wholesome voter an watch them go apoplectic.
Maybe the GOP should just claim that the Democrats are also waging a war on women. That would be just as untrue as the Democrats’ claim, and maybe it would confuse voters and cancel out the issue.
which way were your parents?
It's a testimonial to the integrity of conservatives that they work so hard to protect the offspring of their opponents.
The War on Women has been an enormous success, beyond the wildest dreams of its creators - of course they will keep it up until somebody, somewhere, beats it.
sigh. the dems know this isn’t true.
they are supporting the GOPe’s anti-conservative meme with this false flag. the’re giving the GOPe exactly what they want to hear.
The tragic irony of liberalism. The black community would be a much larger and more politically powerful part of the American population if it did not zealously slaughter its own.
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