GOP groups de­cry Democrats’ ‘war on women’ cam­paign tac­tic

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY VA­LERIE RICHARD­SON BY S.A. MILLER

DEN­VER | Some women are get­ting sick of the Democrats’ “war on women.”

Take Laura Carno, who be­came so fed up with the non­stop “war on women” po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign in Colorado that she put to­gether a ra­dio ad of her own. It’s aimed at Sen. Mark Udall, a Demo­crat who’s push­ing the theme in his re-elec­tion bid against Repub­li­can Rep. Cory Gard­ner.

“I have to ask, Sen. Udall, why do you get your un­der­wear all in a bun­dle about women and birth con­trol?” Ms. Carno, who heads the con­ser­va­tive group I Am Cre­ated Equal, says in the spot. “Do you hon­estly think we need the govern­ment to make these choices for us?”

Democrats are clearly con­vinced that the “war on women” strat­egy is key to their suc­cess in 2014, but they’re fac­ing back­lash from con­ser­va­tive women. Ms. Carno’s ad be­gins run­ning Satur­day in Den­ver and Colorado Springs, along with a robo­call aimed at women vot­ers.

“The feed­back I’m hear­ing from women, es­pe­cially women who aren’t in­volved in pol­i­tics, is, ‘Why do they think I only care about birth con­trol? Don’t they re­al­ize I’m more com­pli­cated than that?’” said Ms. Carno, who lives in Colorado Springs. “Women know how to get their own birth con­trol. We’re pretty damn smart.”

In a cam­paign year dom­i­nated by a lack­lus­ter econ­omy and Oba­macare, how­ever, the “war on women” may be the Democrats’ best cam­paign is­sue. The Demo­cratic Sen­a­to­rial Cam­paign Com­mit­tee’s Ban­nock Street Project is sink­ing $60 mil­lion into in­creas­ing turnout among key de­mo­graphic groups, in­clud­ing women.

The Se­nate Ma­jor­ity PAC and other Demo­crat-friendly com­mit­tees are tar­get­ing Repub­li­can can­di­dates on is­sues like abor­tion, birth con­trol and equal pay in states that could de­ter­mine the bal­ance of power in the Se­nate, in­clud­ing Colorado, Iowa, Michi­gan, Mon­tana, New Hamp­shire and North Carolina.

“Take a stand im­me­di­ately: De­mand Repub­li­cans stop wag­ing their dis­gust­ing War on Women,” says a pe­ti­tion on the DSCC web­site.

The DSCC played the Todd Akin card last week, com­par­ing this year’s GOP Se­nate can­di­dates to the Mis­souri Repub­li­can known for his “le­git­i­mate rape” com­ment in 2012.

“Cory Gard­ner, Thom Til­lis, Terri Lynn Land and Joni Ernst are cut from the same cloth as Todd Akin and em­brace the same rad­i­cal po­si­tions to block birth con­trol and roll back women’s health care rights as he does,” said DSCC spokes­woman Re­gan Page.

The “war on women” tac­tic took off in 2010 when Colorado Sen. Michael F. Bennet used it to de­feat Repub­li­can Ken Buck in a pro-GOP year. Repub­li­cans have coun­tered this year by ac­cus­ing Democrats of try­ing to frighten women vot­ers with false charges.

“Democrats know there is only one nasty, bit­ter, di­vi­sive path to vic­tory, and they have shown they will do what­ever it takes — which means ly­ing to and scar­ing fe­male vot­ers — in order to hold onto their ma­jor­ity,” said Brook Houge­sen, Na­tional Repub­li­can Sen­a­to­rial Com­mit­tee spokes­woman.

Of course, it’s tougher to sell the “war on women” when the Repub­li­can can­di­date is a woman.

Missy Shorey, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the con­ser­va­tive women’s group Mag­gie’s List, said it’s Democrats who are wag­ing the real war by mov­ing to knock GOP women out of con­tested pri­maries.

She pointed to the Ore­gon Se­nate race, which saw a Demo­cratic op­er­a­tive leak po­lice files to the press on a do­mes­tic dis­pute in­volv­ing Monica We­hby a week be­fore the Repub­li­can pri­mary in May.

Ms. We­hby won the five-way GOP pri­mary de­spite the last-minute spate of neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity, but the tac­tic re­vealed that Democrats are less con­cerned with de­fend­ing women than with pro­tect­ing their own ma­jori­ties, said Ms. Shorey.

“They do not want more women in Congress if they’re Repub­li­cans. That’s the re­al­ity,” said Ms. Shorey. “They would rather have a tra­di­tional male, who will fol­low their line of think­ing and lead this coun­try down a path of de­pen­dency, than a qual­ity woman can­di­date who hap­pens to be a Repub­li­can.”

House Repub­li­cans moved to tackle the border cri­sis at the source Wed­nes­day, propos­ing to set up repa­tri­a­tion cen­ters in Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­tries to help send back the wave of un­ac­com­pa­nied il­le­gal im­mi­grant chil­dren ar­riv­ing in the U.S.

The plan called for an ag­gres­sive pub­lic re­la­tions cam­paign in El Sal­vador, Gu­atemala and Hon­duras to dis­cour­age fam­i­lies from send­ing their chil­dren on the long jour­ney to Amer­ica, as well as es­tab­lish­ing border se­cu­rity mea­sures not just in the U.S. but in those Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­tries and Mex­ico.

These dra­matic steps on for­eign soil were part of a $1.5 bil­lion plan drawn up by a House GOP task force.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Repub­li­can, or­ga­nized the task force to craft an al­ter­na­tive to Pres­i­dent Obama’s re­quest for $3.7 bil­lion to ad­dress the cri­sis, which was widely crit­i­cized as ex­ces­sive and pro­nounced dead on ar­rival in Congress.

Rep. Kay Granger, the Texas Repub­li­can who led the task force, called the pro­posed mea­sures “com­mon-sense, com­pas­sion­ate but tough so­lu­tions.”

“Our fo­cus has been to en­sure the safety of the chil­dren and it has re­mained a top pri­or­ity through­out this process,” she said. “In our per­sonal meet­ings with the pres­i­dents of Hon­duras and Gu­atemala they both stated that they wanted their chil­dren back, and we be­lieve that is in the best in­ter­est of all the coun­tries in­volved in this cri­sis.”

Un­der the plan, the U.S. also would ac­cel­er­ate im­mi­gra­tion hear­ings for the chil­dren flood­ing across the South­ern border, pro­vide ad­di­tional judges to hear re­quests for asy­lum, and house the chil­dren close to where they en­ter the coun­try in Texas and Ari­zona.

The pro­pos­als have al­most no chance of pass­ing through Congress. The plan faces strong op­po­si­tion in the GOP-con­trolled House and even stiffer re­sis­tance in the Demo­crat-run Se­nate.

Democrats railed against the task force’s pro­posal to change a 2008 law that de­lays im­mi­gra­tion hear­ings for chil­dren from Cen­tral Amer­ica, which is home to most

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.