Because Women Are Fungible

From Molly Ball:

Revenge of the Soccer Moms: Why Are Women Abandoning Obama?

CHANTILLY, Virginia — Remember the War on Women?

A few months ago, it seemed like the battle for women’s votes was one Democrats had decisively won. While (male) Republican politicians talked about transvaginal ultrasounds, legitimate rape and the like, Democrats laughed all the way to the bank. President Obama’s steady double-digit leads with women in poll after poll were a major reason he stayed ahead of Mitt Romney for months on end.

Then suddenly, a couple of weeks ago, Obama’s edge with women began to melt away. More than any other group, women have accounted for Romney’s surge in the polls, which has now given him a slim lead in the national popular vote and in some calculations of the electoral college. Women, it appeared, were not as firmly ensconced in Obama’s camp as they had seemed. Indeed, they were abandoning the president en masse.


The recent fluidity of the women’s vote, and the renewed struggle it has sparked, raises a question: Why, at this late hour of the campaign, when the vast majority of voters have made up their minds, are so many women still apparently open to changing their minds? Why was their onetime loyalty to Obama so weak? Will the president’s forceful new emphasis on women’s issues, particularly reproductive issues, bring them back — or are they gone for good?

A Settled Issue

To find out, I headed to this suburban community near Dulles Airport, a former plantation town an hour outside Washington, D.C., whose Civil War markers are now sprinkled among big-box store developments and, this time of year, pick-your-own-pumpkin patches.

The population growth that turned Virginia from a reliably red state to one of this year’s most contested battlegrounds has been concentrated in places like Chantilly, which sits on the border between Loudoun and Fairfax counties — the No. 1 and No. 2 wealthiest counties in America respectively, with median household incomes well over $100,000.

Let’s stop right here. Somebody should tell Molly Ball that the singular of “data” is not “anecdote.” If I was her editor I would have asked her “So, did you have a wedding to attend in Chantilly and you decided to kill two birds with one stone?”

If I wanted to find out why women across the country were “abandoning the president en masse” the last thing I would do is travel to an atypical community, go to a kids’ soccer game and interview half a dozen women at random. Let’s just say the margin of error on a poll like this is gonna be really high.

Women are not fungible and they don’t all think the same.

But you already knew that.

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72 Responses to Because Women Are Fungible

  1. tommy says:

    Ladysmarts, not ladyparts.

  2. yttik says:

    LOL, fungible, huh?

    Women really are all different, but one thing many American women have in common is a shared history of too much government control. Many of the atrocities done to women over the years were enforced by the State.It makes for an uneasy relationship when you’re also a compassionate person who wants the Gov to care for the vulnerable. Keep your laws off my body, but feed the poor and educate children.

    I suspect what has pushed women away from Obama is things like his Julia composite, were women are portrayed as being helpless and dependent on the Gov, as if we are incapable of ever doing anything for ourselves. Sandra Fluke, ironically, may have made women uncomfortable. It’s not reassuring to see an independent, well off law student, begging the Gov for a nine dollar BC prescription.

    Women want what most people want. Some control over their own lives and the ability to provide for themselves. Jobs, the possibility of economic independence, is a lot more appealing than the promise of foodstamps, an unemployment extension, and free BC.

    • cj says:

      Maybe women are finally tired of being bought on the cheap. How helpful is getting government subsidized BC, something that’s already relatively inexpensive, and then have to face astronomical deductibles & copays for everything else. And that’s if you can find an MD who accepts medicare or Obamacare at all.

      • darraghcmurphy says:


        Went to the pharmacy just last week:

        bc pills: $0 (yay!)
        Asthma med: $48 (what the ? It used to cost $15!!)

        I now pay about 20 bucks more altogether. Boo!

        I think team obama thinks we women think math is hard.

        They’re gonna find out our math skills on nov 6th


        • yttik says:

          Seriously, I took an elderly woman to pick up her heart medication yesterday. Contraception would be free, but her heart medication now costs 58 dollars.

        • I do think it’s Team Obama’s universal underestimation of women that will sink them. They seem to think that if they just use the repetitive marketing strategy on women, they can brainwash them into doing what they want. They are obviously exploiting what they think is a “low-information” group, and it’s insulting. I think Americans women are going to have news for them come November 6th.

        • catarina says:

          Birth control pills can be dangerous and have nasty side effects.

          What I’d like to know is when will vasectomies be “free?”

        • catarina says:

          You wouldn’t get that with the vasectomy.

  3. swanspirit says:

    Women want to be heard , not used .

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Maybe Ms. Ball’s next project can be finding out why Democrats are leaving Obama and his party ? Now that is the story this year 😀

  5. driguana says:

    Totally amazing to me how narrowly the Democratic Party binds its women’s options and points of view…our low way or the highway!

  6. carol haka says:

    Drudge: developing ……… Colorado R 50% O 46%

    But, the results are in on this:


  7. yttik says:

    Does anybody know why Washington now votes by mail?

    Because elderly poll workers were having heart attacks watching so many women vote with their lady parts.

  8. Constance says:

    The Dems treat women like a herd of halfwits and try to jerk them around with lies. I still haven’t seen a map of what states have state abortion rights laws. I couldn’t find one on line. I hear so many young women in WA talk about voting for Obama because of abortion rights which they already have from the state but they don’t know it. This binders thing is the biggest load of BS I’ve heard and it comes from team Obama who pay women in the White House 18% less than the men. Then add in the Libya lies and what is there to support with Obama?

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Gutsy article by Keith Koffler (White House Dossier) on Politico, Obama seems to think you’re (generic) an idiot. Based on some of the comments, he’s right 😉

  10. carol haka says:

    Still pissed off about Lance Armstrong. Took a good look at his profiles this morning. If he was doping, it certainly wasn’t steroids! 👿

  11. for sure the O campaign is ginning up the abortion rhetoric. That is such an old chestnut, and I’m glad people are starting to see that old argument as old. lady smarts vs lady parts.

  12. tommy says:

    Damn comment got posted twice. Sorry.

    • britgirls says:

      Doesn’t matter. I like hearing it!! I’ll say it again … Romney up 50 % to 46 % in Colorado! Woooohoo!!

      Wish it wasn’t quite so neck and neck in the polls, though. It’s nerve wracking. I just want the four year nightmare to end.

      • carol haka says:

        14 days. I am leaving to vote right after lunch time! Can’t hardly wait. I may let out a blood curdling scream afterwards ……… Get bail money ready! 👿

        • piper says:

          I just came back from voting – all republicans although I had a problem with our senatorial choices – both crappy and creepy politicians. The dogster wanted to vote but was denied his rights which is unfair as he has a license. I know sick humor but we all need a laugh as there is the possibility that someone could be re-elected and as a senior I really don’t want to relocate.

  13. carol haka says:

    Amazing that Joe S did an entire article about the Tea Party for Politico and not once mentioned the most powerful woman who drove and still drives that movement! 👿

    Hey Joe, have you ever heard of Sarah Palin? 👿

  14. catarina says:

    OT (sorry), and presented without comment:

    Austin, TX

    It’s obvious on it’s face that most of the “questions” come from the GOP attempt to politicize this tragedy for Mitt Romney. The near constant conflating of the Embassy in Tripoli and the consulate in Benghazi to muddy the waters about security requests is pathetic. Dancing on the graves of our fallen is despicable and this should be laid at the feet of the Romney campaign and his party.

  15. tommy says:


  16. tommy says:

    ‘Reporter not allowed to talk to voters at Biden event’. Hmm…..did rabid Joe promise to bite the reporters head off? Lol

  17. DeniseVB says:

    The left has Gloria Allred, but we got ….. The Donald ?

    Probably a nothingburger, but may rattle Obama for the debate tonight, so much he has sealed up in his mystery life. Trump says he’s going to tweet his “bombshell” probably on Weds.

  18. tommy says:

    As long as all of you already finished your morning cuppa coffee, heres an interesting story. ‘Elephant Dung Coffee world’s costliest – Coffee connoisseurs may soon find themselves put off their next caffeine fix after discovering the latest gimmick to hit the market – an unlikely elephant dung variety. The elephant dung coffee is made from beans eaten and digested by elephants living on a reserve in Thailand. When the animals pass the beans in their excrement, they are harvested, cleaned up and processed into coffee grinds. The resulting brew is said to be floral and chocolatey and the taste contains notes of “milk chocolate, nutty, earthy with hints of spice and red berries”. The coffee beans , named Black Ivory, are priced at $500 per pound, making them the most expensive coffee beans in the world. The coffee is a brainchild of Thailand’s Anantara Resorts, who say that the beans are “naturally refined” by the Thai elephants at their Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an elephant conservation program which will use 8% of sales to fund care for the animals. It is sold to visitors at their Golden Triangle property but is currently in short supply, with only 110 pounds currently on sale’.

  19. HELENK says:

    romney ahead.

    I shall repeat from last night

    I had the pleasure of telling the DCCC that i voted straight republican in this election.

    Like a PUMA I have a long memory and patience

  20. indigogrrl1 says:

    SOMEONE asks “What would Obama Have to Do To Get Your Vote”

    Ummm…erase 2008. I can’t believe PUMA started there.

    • yttik says:

      Nothing?. Erase the primary of 2008 and completely change the last four years? He’d have to warp the space/time continuum.

      It’s too late to get my vote anyway, I already voted! What a relief that was. Wasn’t painful at all.

      • DM says:

        RD wants to vote for Obama. All her demands are laughable because she might as well demand that the night become day.

    • britgirls says:

      Seriously? He have to do over his entire political career. Starting with not stabbing his mentor Alice Palmer in the back so that he could run unopposed.

    • trixta says:

      The question is offensive–and stupid!

    • Mary says:

      A public apology, on national TV, for calling the Clintons racists in the primaries.

      (But then I’d still not vote for him)

    • myiq2xu says:

      What would Obama have to do to get your vote?

      1. Resign from office, effective immediately.

      2. Apologize to everyone, and specifically to Hillary, Sarah Palin, Alice Palmer, Blair Hull, as well as Jack and Jeri Ryan.

      3. Give all his money to charity.

      4. Go back to Chicago and live in one of Tony Rezko’s slums.

      5. Wear sackcloth and ashes.

      6. Wander the South Side of Chicago for 10 years, begging for food, scourging himself and crying “I am unworthy!”

      If he does those things I’ll think about it.

  21. tommy says:

    Boom! Rassie has O and R tied in todays Iowa poll. O-48, R-48.

    • DM says:

      Boom! Suffolk has RR and OB tied in OH. This is the first OH Suffolk poll The pollster impressed me when it called FL, VA and NC for RR more than a week ago.

  22. DM says:

    Does anyone find it interesting that the media is giving all the attention to the women vote, but not the men? Is the media laying the ground to blame women for the Obama loss and make it Hillary’s fault?

  23. HELENK says:

    iowa hawk

    RCP electoral college projection for states with AAA credit rating: 98-13 Romney. For states with A- credit rating: 75-0 Obama.

  24. tommy says:

    ‘Stephanie Cutter on NBC : No, Benghazi was was not a foreign policy failure. Its the repubs that are politicizing it’. I’m hanging on to my civility to this admin by a thread. Our freakin’ AMBASSADOR was assasinated. That is freakin’ unprecedented. And our effing Obots come on TV and state that it wasn’t a foreign policy failure. The idiots have not one iota of knowledge of foreign policy. I have lived most of my life outside the US. I know exactly what power we wield. Now the whole world can see that we lost an AMBASSADOR, and the internal political parties are bickering over it. We’ve become a laughingstock and that will have international repercussions. The world knows, if we lose a citizen abroad, we undertake a thorough investigation, and we demand answers. Now we lose an AMBASSADOR, and all we do is to give lip service, and bicker amongst ourselves. Sorry bout the rant, folks. BHO has weakened us internationally more than you can think or imagine.

    • cameoanne says:

      Good point and totally agree. And we’ve been a laughingstock before. One time I remember was when we tried to impeach our President over a b.j. in the White House.

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