The Democrats’ convention in Charlotte, N.C., did its best to perpetuate their myth that Republicans are at war with women. That’s particularly rich considering the wolfy personal history of former President Clinton, the man tapped to deliver the keynote address nominating Barack Obama. With November looming, it’s the left that needs to worry about the gender gap.
President Obama’s support among women is in freefall, having dropped 11 points since April. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, only 46 percent of women have a favorable view of the president while 50 percent are unfavorable. It’s not hard to figure out why. Feminine voters don’t want to be part of a condescending party that sees them as one big stereotypical bloc motivated by fringe social issues.
Republicans, on the other hand, address “women’s issues” as national issues, especially when it pertains to the pocketbook. In poll after poll, for example, women list the lousy economy as their No. 1 concern. If the economic crisis and the Obamacare mess were resolved, men and women alike would be much better off.
The left insists on singling women out, pitting one against the other. After Ann Romney’s touching speech that brought many ladies to tears, Fox News’ left-of-center commentator Juan Williams took the opportunity to tell women that Mrs. Romney couldn’t possibly understand their real struggles because she was a “corporate wife.” As though there is a difference in the way breast cancer attacks a woman’s body based on her husband’s job.
The derision is nothing new. Democrats like to instruct women that they can be anything they want as long as it isn’t a stay-at-home mother or wife. Liberals want this choice to be seen as unsuccessful, though nothing could be further from the truth. As Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told the crowd at the convention, “Ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to do.” It just so happened she wanted to be a supportive mother, putting her family over a career.
Mrs. Romney was in good company speaking for the Republican ticket, with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez all taking the podium in prime time. With backgrounds running the gamut of professional and personal experience, the GOP’s female stars can’t be pigeonholed. What they share in common is a belief in the American dream — that success is open to anyone willing to work hard to get ahead. These women don’t accept that their sex means they should care more about taxpayer-funded abortion than deficits, monetary policy or the conflict between Israel and Iran. As the election nears, women are showing they need the Democratic Party as much as a fish needs a bicycle.
Abigail Wagner is assistant to the editorial page editor at The Washington Times.