The Republican Party wants you to know that the whole “war on women” thing is really, really unpopular. In fact, it’s probably going to come back and haunt all you women, according to the GOP. Republican pundit Sabrina Schaeffer warns Democratic women that “playing gender politics this election cycle is risky business.”
“While this may play to their feminist base, it’s destined to fail with female voters at large,” Schaeffer writes in The Hill. “Contrary to what groups like NOW suggest, women today are not interested in playing identity politics; rather, they are focused on the same things as men, namely job creation and economic growth, the growing national debt, healthcare reform and rising gas prices and energy policy. Steeped in crony capitalism, however, the White House is too busy picking winners and losers to make any meaningful economic improvements that would benefit women and their families. In fact, they have actively engaged in policies that will work against women and limit their choices.”
But if the war on women rhetoric is such a bad message, why is it that Republicans are trying to co-opt it for themselves? “Don’t be fooled, sisters,” writes Libby Sternberg, “There might be a ‘war on women’ out there, but it’s coming as much from the left who want to silence the half of American women who don’t agree with liberals on abortion policy. According to their “rules of engagement,” these women–pro-lifers or their admirers– deserve to be called any name in the misogynist’s lexicon.”
In fact, the Republican National Committee is diving feet first in an attempt to tap the “war on women” anger, with an ad that claims it’s the Obama Administration who has declared a war on women.
So who is the real aggressor in the war on women? The stories don’t lie.