The “War on Women”—an old rally cry Democrats have once again resurrected for the 2014 mid-terms, hoping to use it as a theme to amass an army of female voters.
President Obama led the “War on Women” charge this time around—blindly tossing a pay-inequality-in-the-workplace grenade and hoping it would land somewhere in the Republican camp.
Unfortunately for Democrats, Obama’s grenade seems to have back-fired. What kept the grenade from going off?
A recent Washington Post editorial called the Democrats’ use of the pay-inequality attack “revolting.” Another Washington Post article pointed out the left’s hypocrisy by listing vulnerable Democrats with pay-gap issues. The list includes,
- Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado pays women workers 85 cents for every dollar he pays men.
- Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana pays women 88 cents on the dollar.
- Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia pays women 75 cents for every dollar he pays a man.
- Rep. Gary Peters pays women 67 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
- Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska pays women in his office 82 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
All this hypocrisy led one USA Today columnist to write,
“We’d be closer to pay equity if Democrats would stop cheating their own female staffers…
“If I were the GOP, I’d start running attack ads in these legislators’ home states, quoting President Obama and asking why these Democrats hate women. It just might work — and it would certainly drive home a useful lesson about bogus statistics. Which President Obama — who is now even attacking unequal dry cleaning bills — could use.”