When Women Rebuff Republicans

by Dish Staff

Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer present the latest on women’s attitudes towards the GOP:

Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the party does “especially poorly” with women in the Northeast and Midwest, according to an internal Crossroads GPS and American Action Network report obtained by POLITICO. It was presented to a small number of senior aides this month on Capitol Hill, according to multiple sources.

Jamie Fuller observes that this “is not a new problem”:

After the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee said the party needed to have a renewed focus on women-oriented policy and outreach if it wanted to succeed in the future. Republican outreach to women has been newsworthy for far longer than that, though — like 100 years longer.

Here’s a New York Times article from June 22, 1919, about a conference titled, “How to make women feel at home in the Republican Party.”

NYT Women

Amanda Hess offers a tongue-in-cheek interpretation, quipping that if “only the Republicans could explain to these women that they are wrong, their votes would come flooding in”:

Today, R.R. Reno, editor of First Things (a journal that promotes “economic freedom” and a “morally serious culture”), published a very helpful essay illustrating how this fresh new strategy might work in practice. Reno begins his piece with a richly-drawn portrait of a hypothetical female Democratic voter: She is a “single, 35-year-old McKinsey consultant living in suburban Chicago who thinks of herself as vulnerable and votes for enhanced social programs designed to protect against the dangers and uncertainties of life.” (Reno does not specify the number of cats she owns, but for the purposes of this discussion, let’s assume the answer is “several.”) …

In short, Republicans understand women plenty—it’s women who don’t understand themselves. Sounds like a promising strategy that will work with many, many sad single ladies that Republicans have invented in their brains. Next step: Finally granting imaginary women the right to vote.