I thought Martha Raddatz did a great job in last night’s debate. But it is amazing to me, that even in a year when the War On Women has at times taken center stage, when we’ve heard endlessly about how “waitress moms” are the “last moving party” in the electorate, and when we’re beginning to be subjected to the inevitable “what do women want” columns…the reproductive rights question was STILL about whether or not two male candidates showed sufficient fealty to a group of a male Bishops (via):
In a mostly exemplary performance, this was a lapse. Martha Raddatz could have asked about the voting gender gap, or maybe whether we have a “war on women” or a “war on religious liberty.” She could have asked about access to contraception to reduce unwanted pregnancies, or the rights of rape victims, or the stalled Violence Against Women Act, or equal pay for women.
Instead, she chose to frame the late-breaking, much-yearned for question about “social issues” in just the way Republicans prefer: in terms of religion. (Watch the clip below.) Everyone at Salon’s debate-watching party groaned, and with good reason. Please, let’s hear more from two religiously observant white men about their personal experiences with women’s reproductive freedom and access! It’s not that religion, or men, have no place in the debate over abortion rights; it’s that her question left women out of the equation from the start.