blogenlust
11.10.2004

Looking For A Nicer Adjective Than "Stupid"


This is amazing:
WASHINGTON Nov 10, 2004 — Leaders of several women's groups said Tuesday that Democrat John Kerry fell short in his bid for the White House because he didn't make a more direct appeal for support from women voters. They noted 2000 Democratic nominee Al Gore got 11 percent more support from women voters than George W. Bush did. Kerry's advantage over Bush among women was less 51-48 in national exit polls. [...] The Bush campaign referred to the liberation of Afghan and Iraqi women to appeal to women voters, said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. But "Kerry never drew a very strong contrast with Bush" on women's issues until the end of the campaign, said Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations.
It might be the case that there were issues, like terrorism, that trumped womens' usual voting concerns. On these types of issues, it is possible, don't ask me why, that Bush was more appealing. However, it is utterly absurd to suggest that John Kerry failed to "draw a strong contrast" with Bush on womens' issues. Just off the top of my head: John Kerry wanted to protect a womens' control over her body, George W. Bush was against that. Can't get more of a contrast than that! If John Kerry does decide to run again, he must find new and innovative ways of appealing to the femaie vote. Like not wearing any pants to stump speeches, or even better, not running at all.