Vi­o­lence Against Women Act is a ploy to paint Repub­li­cans as anti-women

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

Sin­gle women put Barack Obama in the White House. Their over­whelm­ing vote in 2008 proved de­ci­sive, but the failed econ­omy has put that sup­port in jeop­ardy. Pres­i­dent Obama and his al­lies on Capi­tol Hill have cre­ated the false nar­ra­tive that Repub­li­cans are wag­ing a war against women to win back the sin­gle, white fe­males who have turned against Mr. Obama in droves.

In the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, 70 per­cent of un­mar­ried women voted for Mr. Obama, ac­cord­ing to the lib­eral polling firm Green­berg Quin­lan Ros­ner. John Mccain only won mar­ried women, by a much nar­rower 50 to 47 mar­gin. By 2010, Democrats had lost the en­thu­si­asm of sin­gle women. Half of white, un­mar­ried women voted Re­pub­li­can in the midterms and over­all sup­port for Democrats among sin­gle women dropped to 57 per­cent.

Democrats hope to re­cap­ture this de­mo­graphic with the Vi­o­lence Against Women Act. Se­nate Democrats have added poi­son pills to the leg­is­la­tion in or­der to force Repub­li­cans to op­pose the bill when it comes up at the end of the month.

This is noth­ing more than a po­lit­i­cal ruse that will have no ef­fect on the Novem­ber elec­tion. The law, which funds law en­force­ment pro­grams and women’s shel­ters for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, had bi­par­ti­san sup­port both times it was reau­tho­rized since its en­act­ment in 1994. The lat­est ver­sion from Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee Chair­man Pa­trick Leahy, Ver­mont Demo­crat, is care­lessly writ­ten to ap­peal to the party’s lib­eral con­stituen­cies. For His­panic vot­ers, Mr. Leahy added a pro­vi­sion to in­crease by 50 per­cent the num­ber of visas given to im­mi­grants who claim to need to stay in the coun­try to help crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Rank­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Sen. Chuck Grass­ley, Iowa Re­pub­li­can, was out­voted when he tried to in­clude rea­son­able lim­i­ta­tions on grant­ing these visas, such as re­quir­ing that the crime be un­der ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and not be­yond the statute of lim­i­ta­tions. The Se­nate also added a pro­vi­sion de­signed to ap­peal to ho­mo­sex­ual ac­tivist groups clar­i­fy­ing the bill’s ben­e­fits also ap­ply to same-sex part­ners.

Sen. Jeff Ses­sions, Alabama Re­pub­li­can, voted against the bill in the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. “Demo­crat lead­ers are man­u­fac­tur­ing fake con­tro­ver­sies in a clever at­tempt to dis­tract from a record they can­not de­fend,” he told The Washington Times. Democrats are mak­ing a tac­ti­cal mis­take to as­sume women will put so­cial is­sues over the econ­omy in 2012. Less than 1 per­cent of women said they make their decision based on is­sues like con­tra­cep­tion, ac­cord­ing to a Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion poll ear­lier this month. Fifty-eight per­cent say the top is­sue is the econ­omy.

The down­turn hits sin­gle women the hard­est be­cause they don’t have a sec­ond pay­check to fall back on if they lose their job or face higher bills. As ra­dio host Laura Ingraham says, “If there is a war on women, it’s on women’s pock­et­books and it’s be­ing waged by Pres­i­dent Obama.” If sin­gle, white fe­males turn out in Novem­ber, they might very well deny Mr. Obama his sec­ond term.

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