Sunday, March 11, 2012

You've seen the poll numbers, now hear their words

The New York Times talked to some of the moderate Republican and Independent women voters who are abandoning the Republican presidential candidates in droves.

“We all agreed that this seemed like a throwback to 40 years ago,” said Ms. Russell, 57, a retired teacher from Iowa City who describes herself as an evangelical Christian and “old school” Republican of the moderate mold.

Until the baby shower, just two weeks ago, she had favored Mitt Romney for president.

Not anymore. She said she might vote for President Obama now. “I didn’t realize I had a strong viewpoint on this until these conversations,” Ms. Russell said. As for the Republican presidential candidates, she added: “If they’re going to decide on women’s reproductive issues, I’m not going to vote for any of them. Women’s reproduction is our own business.”...

“Everybody is so busy telling us how we should act in the bedroom, they’re letting the country fall through the cracks,” said Fran Kelley, a retired public school worker in Seattle who voted for Senator John McCain over Mr. Obama in the 2008 election. Of the Republican candidates this year, she added, “They’re nothing but hatemongers trying to control everyone, saying, ‘Live as I live.’ ”

She continued, “If Republicans would stop all this ridiculous talk about contraception, I’d consider voting in November.”...

Last week Joyce Kimball, a retired secretary in Greenville, Ill., who voted for Mr. McCain in 2008, said she had recently become “fed up,” adding that it was not out of the question for her to vote for a Democrat in November. “I’m looking to hear how the candidates propose to put people back to work, not what they think about contraception,” she said. “I hope to God they stop talking about this.”...

Even more than Mr. Romney, Mr. Santorum has made himself a champion of the traditional family with two parents, arguing in speeches that single motherhood increases a child’s chances of poverty and related problems.

The stance particularly vexes Meredith Warren, a Republican strategist in Andover, Mass. “Well, guess what?” she said. “There are a lot of single moms out there. That’s reality. I don’t think he does himself any favors denigrating that situation.”...

“I’m looking for a candidate that will be honest, that will come out and say, ‘Yes, I support women, I want you advanced and not trampled upon,’ ” said Ms. Stevens, 63, who lives near Myrtle Beach, S.C. “I want answers desperately. I want candidates to tell me, ‘I’m not overturning Roe v. Wade.’ It’s there. Leave it there.”

Ms. Russell, who changed her political views at the baby shower, said she was impressed with how Mr. Obama handled his administration’s compromise over the much-debated birth control policy, saying, “I think he’s more of a women’s candidate.”

Mr. Romney’s reaction to Mr. Limbaugh’s statements about the Georgetown student cemented a negative view of him. “I expected him to have the guts to stand up and say what Rush did was wrong,” she said. “Wrong, wrong, wrong in every sense of the word wrong.”

As we hear the shrillness of the political chattering class ramp up, its important that we keep in mind that there are women all over this country - Democrat, Republican and Independent - who are not going to put up with this crap. The misogyny is sounding pretty loud right now. But come November - the women of this country will speak!


  1. When the eventual nominee is chosen, you know they will try to get off of this subject. It must be our job to not let them forget!

  2. But come November - the women of this country will speak!

    Let us hope you are correct Smartypants! Also Linked over @ my blog.

    1. Just added you to my blogroll.

      Good work over there!

  3. Let's see if they do. Until then we all have squat. The right is hurt soooo bad. Like bush was in '04.

  4. I have remained convinced that there are MANY republican MEN and women with daughter, wives and mothers who do not want them treated with such disrespect! I want PBO and republicans to acknowledge the stake men have in this issue. Women do not have babies on their own! I also want the other ailments treated with these same medications to get a lot more play.

    Watching a wife or daughter missing days from work, doubled up in pain, grey in color, running to the bathroom is their concern as well. Try paying full tuition and having your child miss 25 days from class, falling behind before getting the right medicine (contraception) to restore her life and well-being!

    The full story is not being told. Thanks to Ms Flute the story is slowly coming out.

  5. Some of the women in this article will still vote for anyone but a Black Man for president. They can't see the trees from the forrest. I almost feel sorry for them. I cannot comprehend how anyone can logically look at our situation in this country on not appreciate what the President has had to deal with and what he has accomplisded. I am a 69 year old white woman and worked for his 2008 campaign(in Texas no less) and will work for his re-election, It is so nice to have someone in the WH that is smart, compassionate and a loving father too boot. God bless him and his family, they deserve all our support. Thank you SP. Will repost on my FB page.