Nate Silver is doing a Reddit AMA right now. You should tune in.
Photo hunt! Rep. Pelosi’s office distributed a (poorly?) photoshopped photograph of all the Democratic women of Congress. Those top four weren’t actually there when the picture was taken.
Mitt’s going to meet a friend for lunch.
Republicans’ Committee Chair(MEN).
Another thing that’s awful —> What radical positions these men have taken.
Michelle Goldberg writes that the influence women exercised on this year’s results goes beyond electing female representation.
Mitt Romney is mulling his post-election options.
Republicans, you have a problem:
In Iowa, the 2008 gender gap was 5 points. This year it was 15. Ohio swung from a 2-point gender gap in 2008 to 10 points in 2012. Virginia saw a 5-point swing, from 2 points in ’08 to 7 this year. Florida went from a 1-point gender gap to a 7-point gap in 2012. The only swing state that didn’t see a significant gender gap this time around was Colorado.
The media treated the “War on Women” as being primarily about reproductive issues, but not so the Obama campaign. Team Obama knew that the issue that women cared about the most was the economy, and reminded women constantly that the hostility the GOP shows toward the government could leave single women in a perilous situation. Republicans ridiculed “The Life of Julia,” but it was a brilliant campaign outreach tactic that showed how a Romney administration would affect women in a way that left nothing to the imagination.
Adding to the alienation of women voters this year were deeply troubling comments from GOP Senate candidates about rape, a tirade by Rush Limbaugh calling a woman a slut for testifying about the availability of birth control, and so on. Yes, Bill Maher is a pig and says terrible things about women too, but voters don’t view him as a leader in the Democratic Party in the same way Limbaugh is viewed in the GOP. Also unhelpful to the GOP cause is the constant insistence that there is no wage discrimination against women—a stance that led to the mocking of the Lily Ledbetter Act, a milquetoast measure protecting women from salary discrimination that any decent person should support.
David Frum’s new Newsweek eBook, “Why Romney Lost,” is out today for $3.99. It looks like a nice deep dive into what, exactly, happened to the GOP these past few months—and how Republicans can recover by evolving into a party more fit for the 21st century.
Why Romney Lost is a forthright analysis that offers a bold, hopeful plan for Republican success in the years ahead. David Frum urges a Republican party that is culturally modern, economically inclusive, and environmentally responsible - a party that can meet the challenges of the Obama years and lead a diverse America to a new age of freedom and prosperity.