Obama’s women problem - The Washington Post
It's always interesting to hear the inside-out view. The left wing media is full of articles and op-eds pointing out the legislation both passed and simply introduced concerning abortion, contraception, women's health care issues, and equal pay for equal work by Republican lawmakers in the states and in Congress. Mr. Thiessen has found a poll that seems to indicate that women are in approval of these GOP policies. He has taken his cue from the Romney campaign playing "I'm rubber and you are glue" with women's issues and has boldly accused Mr. Obama of being the real opponent of women and women's issues.
Evidently, the lock-step opposition to women's health issues, equality in the workplace, women's ability to make important choices of their own is, in Mr. Thiessen's view, what pleases women! It's interesting that the number he uses is Mr. Obama's overall approval rating, emphasis on overall. Mr. Thiessen should look at some policy specific numbers and get back to us. He should, as Senator Murkwoski elegantly said earlier this week when she advised her GOP colleagues to "go home and talk to your wife and your daughters."
Mr. Obama is following all of this with the security of knowing that, on his side of the women's rights issues, the support from women is clear and strong. He hasn't had to do much to encourage this support except pass hugely important legislation on their behalf. Republicans, who have been fighting the culture wars for 40 years simply can not pivot, as Mr. Theissen would like us to think, and say that all of this battle has won the support of women! They have the difficult job of convincing women that it is the GOP that is protecting their interests. Mr. Theissen is doing his best.... all the best to him.
This kind of inside out argument is what Mr. Theissen does. He's good at it. His defense of torture was famously stubborn and provided a lot of much needed cover to his right wing colleagues. In this he's providing cover for all of the GOP policy makers who want to continue their cultural warfare concerning the role of women in our society.
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