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  •  The GOP is always TALKING ABOUT women.... (3+ / 0-)
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    and periodically they seem to recognize they have a problem:

    “There were something like 53 million unmarried women eligible to vote in 2012, but on campaigns you don’t hear a specific strategy discussed of ‘How are we going to reach unmarried women?’ ” said Katie Packer Gage, who served as deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney in 2012.

    Given Democrats’ repeated and successful efforts to portray Republicans as hostile to women, Ms. Gage and two other consultants are starting a political strategy firm to help the party’s candidates better tailor their messages to women.

    Ms. Gage, Ashley O’Connor and Christine Matthews this week are opening what appears to be the first Republican firm aimed specially at wooing female voters. They are calling it Burning Glass Consulting — a reference to what they see as the need for a focus on appealing to women that is so laserlike that it can burn glass.

    But unfortunately, they can't seem to learn how to LISTEN TO women....or quite frankly even consider their input as worth listening to:
    On Thursday morning, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on HR 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.” That subcommittee, which is headed up by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and comprised of 12 other male lawmakers, is deciding whether to advance sweeping restrictions on abortion coverage that would make the procedure less affordable for women across the country.

    Abortion opponents are relentless in their efforts to ensure that taxpayer dollars don’t end up financing abortion services. But HR 7 is actually deceptively titled. Under the guise of preventing federal money from covering abortion, it would actually have dramatic consequences for the insurance industry and the tax code as a whole, potentially creating a society in which private insurance no longer includes abortion care.

    Worth noting that there are just five women on the House  Judiciary Committee....and all of them (cough cough) are Democrats.

    Pretty much the same thing when the GOP decides it needs to reach out to youth:

    Looking to strengthen its image with young voters, the Republican National Committee announced Thursday that it has hired a national youth director.  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Elliott Echols will takeover the post and will be charged with bolstering the party’s image with the younger-than-30 crowd.

    “Today’s announcement is groundbreaking,” Mr. Priebus said in a statement. “Bringing Elliot on board in an off-year will help us build relationships with young voters and mobilize students and young professionals to take our message to their peers.”

    Recent history suggests the Republican party faces an uphill battle in its push to win over more young voters.
    Exit polls from the 2012 election showed that President Obama won 60 percent of voters between 18 years old and 29 years old, compared to 37 percent for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The voting bloc made up almost 20 percent of the national electorate.

    Polls also show the recent budget stalemate that led to the 16-day government shutdown may have put an additional dent in the GOP’s efforts to woo young voters.

    The brilliance of Mr. Priebus is capsulized in the fact that this "exciting new hire," previously handled youth outreach for the failed campaign of......Mitt Romney.  He also was a past speaker at the Conservative Values conference and my strong guess is that the conference had VERY few attendees who supported such concepts as marriage equality or rights for homosexuals....issues which are near and dear to conservatives and which clearly drive away potential GOP youth voters.

    You have to stand amazed however, that despite their continued cluelessness, the GOP somehow manages to use every lever in the legislative process at both state and federal levels to press forward with issues which lack majority support yet are advanced through a combination of super majority vote requirements, intense gerrymandering, and increasing impediments to voting targeted at youth, women and ethnic minorities....even as they claim they are "reaching out" to those very same groups.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 09:19:36 AM PST

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    •  No, no, she's got it wrong ... (1+ / 0-)
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      Given Democrats’ repeated and successful efforts to portray Republicans as hostile to women, Ms. Gage and two other consultants are starting a political strategy firm to help the party’s candidates better tailor their messages to women.
      Democrats didn't PORTRAY Republicans as hostile to women — Republicans WERE publicly hostile to women — insulting, demeaning, and dismissive. And there's that tired old "tailor the message" thing again.

      Women, especially these young single women who won't give them the time of day, want to hear that jobs are available, pay is equal, contraception is accessible and affordable, and that they are not treated like worthless sluts if they need an abortion.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 11:29:15 AM PST

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