A new survey by a Democratic polling firm shows President Obama still doing well with female voters. The firm polled 608 women who voted for the president in 2008 but did not support a Democrat this year. “Obama is still viewed favorably by 71 percent of these voters,” says the National Journal online, “while only 19 percent have a positive view of the Republican Party.” Perhaps even more ominously for the GOP, “57 percent said that Democrats have a better understanding of issues and concerns that matter to them. Only 14 percent said Republicans did.”
This support seems to hinge, in other words, on whether the president works his magic – mainly on the economy – and gives them goodies. “The economy remains the most important issue to women,” says the article, adding that a majority “of these Obama drop off voters saw the election as a referendum on the economy and three quarters of those who defected to the GOP said they were motivated by economic issues.”
Theoretically, there is no reason Republicans in Congress need fear these “Wal-Mart Moms,” as the media has come to call them. But what rings ominously is the possibility that as long as the economy improves, most women may still give Democrats the credit. They may be so conditioned to seeing the Left as the bringer of goodies that they do not step back and consider whether it will be the Dems who bring back prosperity, or whether it will actually come from the GOP.
“Taken together,” the article goes on to say, “the survey results suggest that women who are homemakers are feeling the pinch of the recession most acutely. They also suggest that if the economy doesn’t recover, they may not return to Obama and the Democrats after all.”
But why would they automatically return to the Democrats – unless they believed an upturn in their fortunes could only come from the left side of the aisle?
True, this president takes credit for everything and responsibility for nothing. The Dems usually do. The Left has long been a parasite, feeding on the host of American prosperity. Two years into his administration, Obama still blames Bush for our sluggish economy. Women have grown accustomed to falling for this. We have always been one of the Left’s pet groups.
But if we “feel the pinch of the recession most acutely,” this is exactly the reason we must stop falling – time and time again – for leftist flim-flam. The very fact that we do care how our families fare, how we’re going to get the bills paid and whether our kids have a future behooves us to stop depending on Santa O and his Democratic elves for our success.
Our economic well-being comes not from them, but from the very employers and entrepreneurs they want to punish for being successful. And we need to begin voting accordingly.
How can the GOP make this clearer to women voters? Republicans have good ideas about how to get the economy back on track. But a special effort must be made to get American women to stop believing in Santa Claus. In this endeavor, the Left-leaning media will clearly do Republicans no favors.
Santa Claus is great fun for the kids, but women are getting a little big for him.