Although one recent poll showed that Mitt Romney was not doing as well with women as he was with men, Obama’s internal polls must show that his support among women is quite soft. And his team is doing everything it can to play to women’s fears about the horrible, no good and very bad things that might happen if the Republicans and their diabolical social conservative henchmen came to power next January.
Over at the Daily Caller (via Instapundit), Jeff Poor reports on how Charles Krauthammer took apart the White House claim that its upcoming “National Women’s Issues Conference” is anything but a political stunt; that sage pundit called “White House spokesman Jay Carney’s response to a question about conference posed by Fox News Channel’s White House correspondent, Ed Henry, . . .’shameless and over-the-top'”:
“According to Jay Carney, it has nothing at all to do with the election,” Krauthammer said. “They actually think they can say that and do it with a straight face and get away with it. I mean, all the administrations use taxpayer money to promote themselves in an election year. But this is pretty shameless and over-the-top.”
He said that this conference stemmed from the recent contraception debate that was given birth by the media.
“Notice how when the president said, ‘This is about a wide range of issues. It isn’t just about’ — and what’s the one thing he named immediately? Contraception. Of course it is about contraception,” Krauthammer said. “It’s because of the way it was handled and the media covered it — it became all of a sudden a war on the women, which is a complete invention.”
Krauthammer later points out how the media have collaborated in inventing this war on women. Just read the whole thing to see what it means.
Perhaps now we should be grateful for George Stephanopolous’s question about contraception during the WMUR debate back in January. The likely Republican nominee didn’t take the former Clinton aide’s bait and offered a response which should assure all but the most politicized women that he has no intention to make an issue of contraception. Instead of his words becoming a sound byte for the Democratic offense against the GOP; they should instead serve as defense against an outrageous and dishonest claims that Republicans have declared war on women.
Krauthammer is right. It is shameless how politicized this administration has become.
UPDATE (from Bruce): Glenn Reynolds reports about another front in Obama’s #WarOnWomen:
“Obama played 23 rounds of golf between January and October of 2009 before inviting a single woman to his foursome, the New York Times reported. This was emblematic of broader concerns over the president’s preference for the company and advice of men.”