Mitt Romney’s senior campaign adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, on Sunday said that social issues important to women, like contraception coverage and abortion rights, were “shiny objects” that were being used to distract voters.
David Plouffe, one of President Barack Obama’s top aides, last week told New York Magazine that Democrats needed to be clear about what a Romney presidency would mean for women’s rights and other social issues.
On Sunday, Fehrnstrom insisted that the Obama campaign strategy was not going to work.
“Mitt Romney is pro-life,” the senior adviser admitted to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “He’ll govern as a pro-life president, but you’re going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people’s attention from the Obama performance on the economy. This is not a social issue election.”
Which is hilarious considering Romney campaigned the primary largely on an anti-choice platform, a point Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter made as well: “If it’s not a social issue election then why did Mitt Romney just spend the last year campaigning on social issues?”
But really, Fehrnstrom’s comment perfectly exemplifies Romney’s problem that is going to ultimately going to lose him women and other uteri-having voters — particularly those that are independent, which he needs. Our concerns aren’t just not worthwhile, they aren’t just dispensable, but they’re a distraction; women mean so little to Romney and his campaign, they’re dismissed as literally meaningless. Nice job, guy.