Saturday, April 7, 2012

Of Campaigns And Caterpillars

I like to share guest opinions sometimes and I really enjoyed this particular piece:


By MICHAEL FALCONE ( @michaelpfalcone ) and AMY WALTER ( @amyewalter )

The battle for women is on.

It erupted Thursday after Democrats seized on comment from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus who, in an interview, disputed the notion that the GOP was waging a "war on women."

"If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars, and mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we have problems with caterpillars," Priebus told Bloomberg's Al Hunt.

President Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter shot back: "Reince Priebus' comparison of Republican attempts to limit women's access to mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, and contraception to a 'war on caterpillars' shows how little regard leading Republicans, including Mitt Romney, have for women's health," she said.

The caterpillar story may not have legs - pun intended - beyond this week, but this battle is just beginning.

As caterpillar-gate was raging yesterday, President Obama and all of the Republican presidential candidates weighed in on whether Georgia's Augusta golf club should admit women - all in the affirmative.

And earlier this week polls showed Mitt Romney losing badly among women and independent women, in particular. The campaign has deployed Romney's wife, Ann, as a secret weapon. She is now his "translator" to the mysterious world of "women voters."

In a recent interview on Fox News, Mitt said: "I've had the fun of being out with my wife the last several days on the campaign trail. And she points out that as she talks to women, they tell her that their number one concern is the economy. "

But his outreach to women often looks more staged than organic

And speaking of staged outreach to women, on the same day as today's jobs report, President Obama is hosting a White House Forum on Women and the Economy this morning. He may comment on today's jobs report.  READ THE REST HERE

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