Tina Brown, who has served as editor of both Vanity Fair and the New York Times, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week that President Obama was making women feel “unsafe.”
They feel unsafe economically. They’re feeling unsafe with regard to ISIS. They’re feeling unsafe about Ebola. What they feel unsafe about is the government response to different crises.
While the conservative blogosphere praised Brown’s message, at least one high-profile Republican wants people to take a more critical look at who they’re championing. Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program on Tuesday to expose the irony behind Brown’s message. “That little lady, Tina Brown, she’s such a big part of the problem. She and her ilk being so uber-uppity, so cocksure of their untouchable elitism, they support liberal men who have kept women unfortunately embracing this lie that they should be dependent upon government.”
As these two powerful women on opposite sides of the political spectrum take shots at Obama in their own way, new polls suggest that women in the rest of the country are starting to tire of the president. This is bad news for Democrats, who have long relied on women to make up for the white male vote. If Obama is losing popularity among America’s females, his party may suffer in future elections.
The War on Women
Of course, the Dems are doing everything in their power to make sure that doesn’t happen. They’ve rolled out the “GOP War on Women” campaign for two election cycles straight, hoping to scare female voters into voting Democrat. In this, they’ve been all too successful. But women are not as easily swayed as the Democrats would like to believe. Sure, many of them are turned off by the GOP’s stance on birth control, abortion, and wage discrepancies (although, it should be noted that there are plenty of conservative women who are not). But even liberal-ish women can see that Obamacare, intolerable fuel prices, and a stagnant economy hurt them just as much as they hurt men. Tina Brown, dyed-in-the-wool liberal or not, has it right. Women are feeling threatened by the same things as the other half of the country. ISIS certainly won’t discriminate between women and men should they launch a terrorist attack in the U.S.
At the same time, Palin makes a salient point. The harm Democrats do to women go far beyond the specific policies of this administration. Liberalism is dependency masked as freedom. Women are starting to feel repulsed by this idea that businesses should be forced to hire a certain percentage of them just to fill a government quota. Is that really forward progress? Is it forward progress to force the government and private insurance companies to pay for birth control?
In its systematic attack on marriage, motherhood, and chastity, feminism – which is simply liberalism under another name – has done untold economic damage to American women while claiming to stand for the opposite. The next “feminist” revolution may be one the Democrats don’t like.