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?
The fact that the Obama Administration pays male staffers more than female staffers. And, the fact that the statistics by which Obama based his attack proved inaccurate and deceptive.
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.”
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