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The Obama War on Women goes hot

 

This has been a really bad week for the idiotic “War on Women” talking point Democrats have been pushing. 

First we had Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, observing last Friday that “For far too long women have been left behind in Obama’s job market. Of the 740,000 jobs lost since Obama took office, 683,000 of them were held by women. That is truly unsustainable.”

This led to an astonishing “fact check” by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post, in which he wrestles with himself for several agonizing paragraphs before concluding :

We cannot fault the RNC’s math, as the numbers add up. But at this point this figure doesn’t mean very much. It may simply a function of a coincidence of timing — a brief blip that could have little to do with “Obama’s job market.”

If trends hold up over the next few months, then the RNC might have a better case. But at this point we will give this statistic our rarely used label: True but False.

(Emphases mine.)  The correct way to read that is, “It’s 100% absolutely true, but I can’t bear to admit it.”  The central point Kessler raises during his passion play is that it matters a great deal when the compilation of any given statistic begins and ends… which, of course, is true of every single figure cited by every politician or media analyst, meaning that his goofy “true but false” label should not be “rarely used.” 

On Wednesday, the Washington Free Beacon dropped another bombshell on the Obama White House:

Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.

According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).

Of course, while he’s busy paying his female employees 18 percent less, President Obama is also running around the country and howling about the “gender pay gap.”

“Paycheck discrimination hurts families who lose out on badly needed income,” he said in a July 2010 statement. “And with so many families depending on women’s wages, it hurts the American economy as a whole.”

Various excuses will no doubt be offered for the White House gender pay gap.  Of course, none of those excuses would be accepted by leftists from any private company in America.  Those who object that higher female unemployment under Obama shouldn’t be interpreted as deliberate hostility toward women should bite their lips, because the entire point of the manufactured Democrat “War on Women” storyline is the imputation of such hostility to their political opponents.  Indeed, the entire point of politicized feminism is to conjure misogyny out of statistics.

The gap between Obama’s words and actions – a gap all but his most fervent supporters cannot help but notice in a wide variety of issues – has been clear since the 2008 campaign.  As the Free Beacon notes, “Obama was criticized for paying the women on his campaign staff less than the men, and far less than GOP opponent John McCain paid his female staffers.”

Even the President’s goofy attempt to keep his “War on Women” routine going with a swipe at the all-male membership policies of the Augusta National Golf Club blew up in his face when it was quickly noted that Barack Obama vastly prefers the companionship of men during his very, very, very frequent trips to the links.  He golfs more than any other president ever has – he played more golf in his first two years than George W. Bush did in eight – but he was 23 rounds of golf into that amazing record before he played with his first female companion.  Even the New York Times raised an eyebrow at Obama’s “White House frat house” boys-only style.

As if an America in which both sexes are being ground into dust by Obama’s high unemployment, plunging income levels, rising gas prices, moribund economy, crony-capitalist corruption, and staggering levels of public debt really cares all that much about who gets offered membership in an exclusive golf club!

The crowning moment of this disastrous week for the Obama War on Women came when Democrat strategist Hilary Rosen made a sandwich of her own shoe on CNN by sneering that Mitt Romney’s wife Ann has “never worked a day in her life”:

“What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country, saying, ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues, and when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.’ Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen said.

“She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future,” Rosen continued, adding that Romney “just seems so old fashioned when it comes to women.”

In between lazy afternoons of propping her bunny slippers on the coffee table and watching soaps, Ann Romney somehow found time to raise five kids and have multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.  I realize power feminists don’t think child-rearing is “work,” but I suspect Mrs. Romney has also handled some financial matters as well.  Granted, she’s probably not an expert in Obamanomics, as the Romney household is not spending 40 percent more than it takes in, and accusing other people of being greedy for refusing to help pay their bills.

A searing firestorm of controversy erupted, and Obama operatives found themselves furiously scrambling away from Rosen and trying to distance her from the President, even though she’s visited the White House 35 times, which is more often than General David Petraeus, CIA director Leon Panetta, and Vice President Joe Biden combined. 

(Jim Geraghty at National Review looked at the White House visitor logs and found Biden listed only six times.  Maybe that’s just an administrative snafu, but if accurate, it represents arguably the most intelligent move Barack Obama has made during his Presidency.)

Obama 2012 campaign chief Jim Messina: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.”

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter: “Families must be off limits on campaigns, and I personally believe stay at home moms work harder than most of us do.”

Top Obama advisor David Axelrod, via Twitter: “Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney.  They were inappropriate and offensive.”

Unfortunately for Team Obama, Rosen is still furiously digging away and refusing to apologize, rapidly becoming a Twitter laughingstock.  The damage is done.  There’s far more concrete “evidence” of Barack Obama and the Democrat Party waging a “War on Women” than anything introduced against Republicans, who have primarily been castigated for insisting that some women shouldn’t be forced to pay for other women’s birth control.  Of course, anyone interested in facts and logic never had much patience for this idiotic political narrative to begin with.

 

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