If Politico says you’re taking it to the extreme, you’re winning:
It’s no surprise that President Barack Obama has made women central to his reelection strategy.
But in these past few months, even he may be taking it to the extreme.
No issue is proving too tiny for Obama and his team as they seek an edge with female voters. They’ve denounced male-only membership of the Augusta National Golf Club, cut a video message of support for Planned Parenthood, universally disavowed a supporter’s slipup on Ann Romney and issued a 65-page report that recasts the administration’s entire record through the lens of how it affects women.
Tucked inside that lengthy report are nuggets like these: women can now serve on submarines, expect private spaces at most workplaces to express breast milk, and take comfort knowing that the definition of rape was updated for the first time in more than 80 years, a change that means more federal funding to combat domestic violence.
The thing is (a) Republicans gave Democrats an opening here by thinking they could win the war on contraception, (b) reproductive rights and work equality are real issues, and (c) holding onto to the past — a past where women had few rights — is central to the point of conservatism (they’re the ones who say they’re about yelling “stop”, not us).
So why on earth shouldn’t the war on women be a legitimate political issue?