Romney senior advisor: Women’s issues are “shiny objects” that “distract voters”

Oh, yes he did: 

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.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted June 5, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    “This is not a social issue election.”

    I have to agree with this. I’m not saying social issues are irrelevant but the election will come down to the economy. People need jobs to put food on the table before they start worrying about anything else, no one wants to starve. Romney campaigned on social issues because he already has the other voters in his pocket. If the economy improves enough then social issues will take center stage and that should be an easy victory for Obama.

  2. Posted June 5, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    If he now admits that politics are just a buffer between “the mob” and the owner class we are all the way there.

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