The Democratic game plan for success in the 2014 midterm elections is to “get out the vote” among women. In order to do so, Dems will use a three pronged strategy of promoting the “war on women”: military sexual assault legislation, a minimum wage increase, and the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“Women will determine the Senate,” claims Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster and strategist. “What Republicans are hoping to do is to minimize the Democratic vote among women, and if they can win men by more than they lose women, then they’ll win the election.”
Lake points out that the success of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in his defeat of Ken Cuccinelli was reliant on the huge disproportion of female voters that he captured. Because women dramatically tipped the scales for McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race, Democrats are looking to persuade women–and particularly unmarried and young women–to come out and vote in the fall. The pollster said that unmarried women supported McAuliffe by 42 points. “That’s why he’s governor — it really muted the disadvantages he had with other groups of voters,” Lake insists. Democrats are hoping to replicate this trend in November.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is lending his hand to the fight. On Monday, Reid advocated increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, emphasizing, “Raising the minimum wage isn’t just about helping teenagers earn some extra cash. Two-thirds of the people working for minimum wage are women.” In January, Reid met with Lilly Ledbetter, an equal pay for women activist, to promote the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is expected to move to the Senate committee level next month.
In 2012, Reid placed a Paycheck Fairness bill on the Senate floor, which Republicans unanimously rejected. Consequently, Democrats worked hard at branding the GOP as being against equal pay. President Obama took up the fight in January at his State of the Union address when he emphasized the equal treatment of men and women under the Affordable Care Act: “No woman can ever be charged more just because she’s a woman.” Moreover, he proselytized for universal pre-kindergarten education, a program that resonates positively with women.
“No woman can ever be charged more just because she’s a woman.” I don’t get this, unless of course I am missing something here…I can’t think of anything…at least not done to me that I am aware of … (paying more than a man that is ?)
…perhaps I have never experienced going into a business and seeing a sign that has “Men” prices and “Woman” prices… has anyone here? And if there is are they justified?
Faith, there was a time when men’s suits were dry cleaned for less than women’s skirted suits or pants suits.
But those days are long gone.
However, women’s blouses (which often have more flounce than men’s dress shirts) are pricier to dry clean even today.
If a man brings in a skirt (kilt) it will cost the same as a woman’s skirt.