According to the Weekly Standard, Hillary Clinton has taken in more than $24 million over the course of three days selling "women's cards." This accounts for a tenth of her fundraising in April. The Weekly Standard describes the cards:
The cards, available for a self-selected denomination, came with such perks as "lower wages!," "more expensive health care!," and "limited access to your own reproductive rights!" Forty percent of those who bought the hot pink passes were new donors.
The Clinton campaign launched the cards in response to Donald Trump's assertion Tuesday that people only vote for Clinton because she is a woman.
"I think the only card she has is the woman's card … Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote," Trump said in New York. "The beautiful thing is, women don't like her."
Clinton told Trump off in a victory speech that night in Philadelphia.
"If fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the 'woman card,' then deal me in," Clinton said, using a line from her stump speech.
What is so disheartening is that in an era when women have opportunities equal to or in many instances superior to those of men, we're seeing a candidate run for president with her main rationale being that women are behind and need more help from big government.
Many of the programs Mrs. Clinton advocates in the name of women will help Democratic politicians far more than they will help ordinary women–and, in fact, given the poor economic thought that has gone into these agenda items, will actually backfire and harm women in many instances.
But this enormous fund raising bonanza indicates that the "war on women" is alive and well and will be a key part of this year's presidential campaign. Republicans may compound any advantage for the Democrats by nominating a candidate who plays into their hands on this issue. (The alternative school of thought is that Trump's headlong attacks on Clinton's hypocrisy when it comes to actual women will help Republicans with women. Clap if you accept this.)
Meanwhile, Clinton has drawn criticism for saying that she has dealt with men who have gone "off the reservation." Trump says that "Indians have gone wild" over the choice of words. I doubt many Indians seriously care, but this is what campaign 2016 is like.