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Focus on Moms Hurts GOP

Just as the Democrats spent the better part of the 2010 election cycle with the eye off the ball — the economy — the Republicans are facing the same trap in 2012.

Republicans don't seem to realize it yet, but they have been duped.

Go back two weeks, before CNN contributor Hilary Rosen said Ann Romney's economic credentials were suspect since she doesn't work. Critics, including Mrs. Romney, have pointed out that she has raised five boys and that is hard work.

But, again, go back two weeks. The left was going on and on about the "War on Women" as legislation in Washington and statehouses across the country seemed to them to challenge progress on women's issues. 

Then, about a week before Rosen had her say on Ann Romney's economic bona fides, a new response emerged from the GOP — and it was a good one. They started to point to unemployment reports that show women have lost lots of jobs under President Obama and a lot of the jobs created in the recovery have gone to men

Sit a few of these women down in front of the camera and Republicans couldn't ask for a better rebuttal. It challenges Obama's credit with women and brings the issue back to the real meat of this election: jobs and the economy.

Then we get to Rosen, who apparently can't see the resemblance between Mitt and his five campaign Pips. So, Rosen is trying to figure out what Ann Romney has been up to all these years and opines that Mrs. Romney certainly wasn't nose-deep in an economic text book.

Bam. The War on Women "flips" and now its Democrats left defending themselves from the perception that they're against stay-at-home moms. Ha. Ha. Jokes on the Dems.

With all this talk about how raising kids is the hardest job, Republicans are actually pulling attention away from one of the only good arguments they've had to upend the Democrats' lady base and pick up points on the economic argument.

Now, instead of finding work for women, Republicans are defending a woman's right not to work. 

For example, flipped the dial to Neal Boortz on Tuesday and he was giving some attention to a new credit card accountability act — and the consequences it will have on stay-at-home moms.

Should we ignore the struggles of a stay-at-home parent? No. No more than we should ignore the struggles of the uninsured. But, just as the Democrats spent the better part of the 2010 election cycle with their eye off the ball — the economy — the Republicans are facing the same trap in 2012.

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Mark Winter April 19, 2012 at 02:09 PM
So you think the Republicans shoud just sit idly by while the Dems and the left leaning media portrays stay-at-home moms as uninformed non-contributors to the economy? I agree that neither side should make this an issue but the Dems are desparate, trying to cast any negative light they can create on the Repubs. You mentioned sitting down some of these women in front of the camera to rebut Obama's stance on women. That would be great except for one problem: the mainstream media won't go along with anything that casts doubt on Obama's credentials.
Greg Hambrick April 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Mark, Republicans shouldn't ignore stay-at-home moms (and Democrats shouldn't, either). But this election is going to swing on jobs. The longer that the GOP (or the Democrats) spend talking about the merits of one stay-at home mom's economic experience, the less time they're spending finding jobs for the women who want jobs.
Mark Winter April 20, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with what you are saying Greg. The problem is that the liberal mainstream media won't let it go. They are the ones making an issue of it, trying to paint the Republicans as anti-women. Politics is like a boxing match: you must protect yourself at all times.
Greg Adams April 22, 2012 at 01:52 AM
This election will swing on the economy, and mom's are in tune with what is going on. Both stay-at-home moms and working moms know how prices have jumped. Everyone fills up a the gas pumps, and the stress at home is high.

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