Skip to main content

apparently, at least according to one Red State diary by a John Hayward, published November 7th, 2013.    Link

This was a long, Very Serious, examination of the reasons why the "conservatism" of the Tea Party doesn't resonate with single women, and what can be done about it.  Opening statement (italics in original):

The Virginia governor’s race was yet another example of the massive voting gap in a huge demographic: single people, particularly single women.  According to exit polls, Republican Ken Cuccinelli won handily on the “hard” issues facing Virginia voters, and won most other demographic slices, but Democrat Terry McAuliffe won big with single people, crushing Cuccinelli by nearly fifty points among single women.
Jaw-dropping quote for me below the single orange swirlyQ

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that anyone would think this in this country, much less say it aloud, but here it is:

How can conservatives adjust their strategy to appeal more strongly to the single female society?  Well, one obvious approach would be restricting the vote to people who are married.

Now I'm not quite sure how that's supposed to appeal to single women.  It seems to me that if you just go ahead and disenfranchise single women (or blacks, or Latinos, or poor people, or people who don't drive for whatever reason), well then, that solves your problem right there. No need to have policies or platforms that appeal to people who can't vote, right?  So it's kind of illogical on its face.  But it's also just mind-bogglingly bizarro as well.

A couple of quotes from the comments:

The goal of the GOP should be to resist urbanization, not just because of the voting trends, but because urban life leads to a lower standard of living.
So people who live in cities shouldn't vote either I guess?
Speaking as someone with a paid off mortgage I still oppose the idea of property owners being the cut point. Taxpayer is a perfectly good one. Best would be to first seize the vocabulary, change out 'entitlement' for 'public charity.' Then anyone who declares themselves destitute and in need of public charity would be a lot easier to drop from the voter rolls. They would have declared themselves incapable of maintaining themselves; why do they get to tell the rest of us how to run the country if they can't take care of themselves?
I knew about only allowing property owners to vote...

Now my little diary doesn't explore the author's myriad reasons why single women are the problem, but here's his opening generalization:

The single female demographic doesn’t get hung up on details.  Another of the new liberal icons, Wendy Davis of Texas, couldn’t answer basic questions about the abortion legislation she opposed with a purportedly heroic filibuster.  Now she’s claiming she is actually kinda sorta “pro life” when you think about it.  This is true of all the emotional appeals directed at single female society – lack of knowledge is not only overshadowed by passionate conviction, it can be a point of pride.
I was mainly just impressed by how much Red State conservatives don't want people to vote, to the point where disenfranchisement is a Serious Discussion.

I can only conclude that it's because what Kos always says about our base, if our people vote WE WIN.

Thanks for listening.  I was partly practicing block quotes and links.  If I have overstepped the rules for linking to Mr Hayward's diary I stand properly chastised.

[Update]  Wow, Rec List.  Thanks everyone!

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Pat K California, TXdem, PLS, True North, Liberal Thinking, Gooserock, peglyn, Emerson, Shockwave, donna in evanston, meg, Jank2112, Cvstos, xynz, Ahianne, MarkInSanFran, eyeswideopen, concernedamerican, missLotus, BlackSheep1, whenwego, boadicea, sngmama, navajo, sidnora, aitchdee, wader, revsue, NYC Sophia, pat bunny, flatford39, Sychotic1, liberte, randallt, Sassy, radarlady, BluejayRN, chimene, one of 8, viral, Kevskos, eru, Ice Blue, Tunk, Shotput8, snoopydawg, martini, LeftOverAmerica, BachFan, golem, myboo, edwardssl, Themistoclea, hungrycoyote, Kimball Cross, sailmaker, Alexandra Lynch, Rosaura, real world chick, JVolvo, CF Perez, SingerInTheChoir, BlueMississippi, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, blueoregon, NancyWH, Aaa T Tudeattack, janetsal, camlbacker, devis1, gloriana, karmsy, noofsh, Matt Z, bnasley, pioneer111, JDWolverton, mconvente, JeffW, GAS, ScottyUrb, Youffraita, bill warnick, Involuntary Exile, skohayes, Therapy, Calamity Jean, tofumagoo, Cassandra Waites, hwmnbn, Jeff Y, Liberal Of Limeyland, Gemina13, Al Fondy, JamieG from Md, Mayfly, maggiejean, prettygirlxoxoxo, Throw The Bums Out, Dirtandiron, greengemini, nchristine, cantelow, Tara the Antisocial Social Worker, followyourbliss, angel d, commonmass, serendipityisabitch, gramofsam1, Observerinvancouver, catwho, klompendanser, Polly Syllabic, cordgrass, pixxer, ItsSimpleSimon, ramara, DrTerwilliker, Oh Mary Oh, kerflooey, annominous, I love OCD, slowbutsure, winter outhouse, implicate order, asterkitty, Nicci August, deeproots, page394, mrsgoo, marleycat, zukesgirl64, Carolyn in Oregon, IllanoyGal, thomask, BarackStarObama, smoothnmellow, Vatexia, SteelerGrrl, dradams, ArtemisBSG, Laurel in CA, anodnhajo, Flying Goat, LefseBlue, FloridaSNMOM, congenitalefty, joeschmeaux, This old man, belinda ridgewood, Denver11, rat racer, ItsaMathJoke, George3, Blue Bell Bookworm, jusjtim35, Late Again, bogieshadow, mettle fatigue, Joy of Fishes, Jabus, Jollie Ollie Orange, howabout, JosephK74, Homer177, GreenMother, Smoh, BadKitties, Blazehawkins, Timari, Theodore J Pickle, Jim Domenico, Portia Elm, OregonWetDog, oslyn7, starduster, RUNDOWN, LeftieIndie, jbsoul, betterdemsonly, Sir Roderick, ginimck, akeleven, TeaBaggersAreRacists, LiberalLoner

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site