The “war on women” rhetoric seems to have come from nowhere—its harbinger was a question to Governor Romney during the primary season about contraception. Romney, at the time, seemed genuinely surprised and rightfully so. Since then, Democratic Party leaders have been doing a good job of pretending that the GOP cares one way or another about the “issue” of contraception, which is inexpensive and widely available and will continue to be so, no matter who wins in November.
But you ain't seen nothin' yet: The “war on women” rhetoric will heat up, if that is possible, when the Democrats gather in Charlotte to attack…Todd Akin, an obscure senatorial candidate, who said something benighted about abortion and was immediately repudiated by Mitt Romney and almost every Republican of note from coast to coast.
Think about this: The economy is abysmal and the CBO says that, if something is not done, we're heading for catastrophe and the Democrats are going to be taking aim (can one still use this term?) at Todd Akin. However, this may not be the smartest move possible. Byron York has a column explaining why:
But not all of [the emphasis on abortion] is a rational calculation. If you stand on the floor of a Democratic convention when a speaker is discussing abortion, you can feel the depth of the emotion that many Democrats feel on the issue. Conservatives like to say abortion is a liberal sacrament. Maybe that's going too far, but it is very, very important. And when something means so much to a group of people, they can easily convince themselves that it means that much to others, too.
Meanwhile, the voters continue to say, overwhelmingly, that they want their president to focus on the economy and job creation. By choosing to spotlight abortion and gay marriage at their national convention, Democrats could give voters the impression that they've got their priorities all mixed up. Sandra Fluke may draw headlines, but does she really represent what voters think is most important?
Indeed, Ms. Fluke and some of the other women who will be prominently featured in Charlotte may be less than completely appealing to women around the country. I consider class warfare despicable, but here goes: just how will a woman who has been affected by the disastrous economy, including the 15 percent rise in unemployment among women since President Obama took office, relate to Ms. Fluke?
Here is somebody who attended one of the most expensive law schools in the country and will no doubt soon be earning six figures (assuming the economy doesn’t totally tank) and yet she demands contraception without a $5 or $10 co-pay as a right? Added to that, she wants to force the Jesuits at Georgetown to violate the tenets of their Church to provide coverage for something that can be purchased at the Target parmacy for around $10 a month.
If you look at the roster of women speaking in Charlotte, you’ll notice that so many of them are older editions of Ms. Fluke.