WASHINGTON - It's all about women. Republicans just don't know how to reach out to women. And that's why Democrats will not lose by a landslide in November, says DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Despite a thorough post-election evaluation after 2012 that indicated the party was out of touch with women, nothing has changed, she said in Politico Magazine this week.
The GOP’s autopsy, trainings and memos made one thing very clear: The party does not understand that its problem with female voters has nothing to do with presentation, rhetoric or outreach. The problem is, and has always been, Republican policies.
Policies that prevent us from moving closer to equal pay for women, policies that would make it more difficult for women to exercise their right to vote, policies that would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women and policies that would allow politicians and employers to get involved in medical decisions that belong between a woman and her doctor.
So it didn’t surprise me when I read in this most recent poll, leaked to Politico, that Democrats hold a 40 percent advantage on the question of who “looks out for the interests of women.” Then there are findings like the one showing women “believe that ‘enforcing equal pay for equal work’ is the policy that would ‘help women the most.’” Did the GOP really need a poll to tell them that?
Others are wondering if it's not the GOP policies that's the problem. It's really the failure to message GOP policies, conservative Colonel Allen West told Illinois Review in an exclusive interview last week. He said that Republican principles are principles that encourage independence over government dependence:
When I look at what is happening in my community – in the black community – where families are the foundation or the bedrock, then you have a 72% illegitimate birth rate. When I look at marriage, I want to promote marriage between one man and one woman. I’m from south Florida – I know what I speak about. And you know I don’t want to see us destroy the institution of marriage just to placate someone for a political agenda – that’s what I’m concerned about.
And go back and look at what Ronald Reagan said, “Conservatism is based upon three points: fiscal conservatism, national security and social conservatism. And if continue to have the breakdown of the family, pushing more people to be dependent upon government, then government is going to have to grow for this new dependent welfare state society.
If you don’t believe me, look at the Great Society problems of Lyndon Johnson when he said we would promise a check to women who have children out of wedlock – and as long as they keep a man out of the home they’ll continue to get a check – look at the second, third and fourth generations. Now that’s a social conservative issue.
But we don’t do a good job of explaining how social conservatism is related to fiscal conservatism. And that’s why we don’t get people.
More of West's thoughts on this Thursday in Illinois Review.