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Newslinks for Friday Mar 13: Bad day for Democrats as they upset stay-at-home mums

Posted on 04/13/2012

Romney 46% to 44% IN FRONT of Obama in new poll - Fox (but still 4.3% behind in RCP average)

  • Obama's approval rating is MINUS 24% among white Americans - Hotline
  • Nate Silver: "Mitt Romney has an empathy problem. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that 49 percent of respondents think that President Obama “better understands the economic problems people in this country are having.” Only 37 percent believe that Mr. Romney does."
  • Insiders say Ohio, Florida then Virginia are most important states for White House battle - Hotline

Ann Romney hits back at Democrat strategist's attack...

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"I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work" - Wall Street Journal

Barbara Bush joins in: Raising George W. 'was not easy'! - USA Today

"In her role as a paid pundit for CNN, Democratic lobbyist Hilary Rosen slammed Ann Romney’s role as Mitt Romney’s key emissary to women voters, embarrassing the White House and igniting a heated debate about therole of women and the value of work. Ms. Rosen questioned whether Ann Romney is qualified to channel women’s economic concerns to the former Massachusetts governor, because she is a wealthy woman who “never worked a day in her life,” and her husband “does not see women as equals.”" - Washington Wire

  • Peggy Noonan's verdict: "Ann Romney raised five children with a husband who sometimes traveled. A mother of five will be suffering from exhaustion, not laziness, and certainly not a lack of engagement in the realities and stresses of life. Where do the Democrats get these spokesmen who are so unsympathetic, so narrow in their vision and understanding of women's lives? What are they launching, a war on women?"
  • The Hill: "The fight rallied conservatives to Romney’s side and energized his campaign just as the general-election campaign is getting started, and put the Obama camp on the defensive after weeks of being on the attack."
  • "First Lady Michelle Obama joined the White House effort Thursday to distance itself from a prominent Democratic strategist’s dig at Ann Romney, as Democrats tried to put the controversy behind them.... Mrs. Obama replied on Twitter, saying, “Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected.” - WSJ
  • Toby Harnden: Rosen "gave Romney the chance to unite Republicans behind him in outrage (albeit much of it synthetic) over stereotypical liberal disdain for stay-at-home mothers - and to stop the "war on women" meme in its tracks."
  • "Mitt Romney now is raising money off Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comment about his wife, asking supporters for $6 to get a bumper sticker that says "Moms Drive the Economy." - USA Today
  • Commentary: "From the staggering statistic released by the Republican National Committee that found women have lost 92.3 percent of all jobs lost since Obama took office, to yesterday’s scathing story on the gender pay gap in the Obama White House by the Washington Free Beacon, the GOP has started throwing the “war on women” rhetoric back into the faces of the Democrats who coined it."

Ann Romney was so popular on Twitter yesterday that she outperformed Justin Bieber - Politico

Democrats want to make the election about anything other than the economy

  • Jay Cost for the Weekly Standard: "I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that the average swing voter does not want to talk about the “war on women,” the Buffett rule, or whatever else Team Obama is going to throw out there in the weeks and months to come. That voter wants to talk about jobs, the economy, the deficit, gas prices, the health care bill--in other words, all the issues where the president is vulnerable."
  • "The election won’t be won or lost on the “war on women,” nor will Romney ever eliminate his “gender gap” — the differential in his support between men and women. If Romney wins the argument over the economy, he wins the election." - Rich Lowry for NRO

Democrats want to paint Romney as Don Draper, stuck in the 1950s

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Democrats, despite the potential perils of such a strategy, remain determined to paint Romney as a throwback to the “Mad Men” era — a hopelessly retro figure who, on policy and in his personal life, is living in the past. President Barack Obama has noted the presumptive GOP nominee uses archaic turns of phrase such as “marvelous” and warned in an email to donors Thursday that his rival would usher in “a social agenda from the 1950s.” ...Even a Romney ally and prospective vice presidential choice, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, managed to underscore the Democratic line of attack at a meeting with about two dozen editors and reporters in New York this week, saying: “He reminds me of a lot of people I grew up with, a lot of people I know, who have that Midwest earnestness. He’s kind of a throwback to the ’50s”" - Politico

  • "Joe Biden, who's been the Obama campaign's lead attack dog for weeks now, sharpened his rhetoric Thursday to label Mitt Romney as out of touch, and accuse him of supporting a tax structure that was "out of step with American values."" - LA Times
  • "The Obama campaign is presenting Mitt Romney to America as a right-wing extremist. Count me among the unconvinced. Far more convincing is the argument that the man has no fixed principles but a "fix-it" principle, the consultant's faith in his own brainpower. He clearly is brainy, and a good fix-it man." - The Economist

Chris Christie willing to listen to VP offer if Romney makes it... but what else could he say?

Christie"Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey is open to being tapped as Mitt Romney’s running mate. At a town-hall meeting this afternoon, he played down his chances of being selected but expressed a willingness to “listen,” should Romney ask him to be on the ticket. “There is only one person in my party who gets to make that decision and that’s Governor Romney,” he said. “If Governor Romney comes to me and wants to talk about it, I’ll always listen.” - NRO

  • PowerLine thinks Ryan would be a good pick: "No one would be better able to expose the fatuous demagoguery of Barack Obama than Paul Ryan"
  • Evangelical leader Richard Land told NPR that Romney-Huckabee would be appealing ticket.

After Santorum's exit some evangelicals quickly endorse Romney, others are dragging their feet - New York Times

  • Romney Scores Key Endorsements From Anti-Abortion Groups - NPR
  • "The leader of the Tea Party Nation organization has a blunt message for likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Tea partiers will likely vote for you, but don’t expect them to get energized and campaign for you." - Daily Caller

Santorum says fundraising worries led him to quit - Washington Times | Politico

Fox-news-logo"Newt Gingrich laid into Fox News in a Delaware tea party meeting Wednesday, saying the network had been supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney all along and that CNN is “less biased” than Fox this cycle." - Washington Post

The New York Times reports Fox's reply: “This is nothing more than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN. That’s the kind of man he is. Not to mention, he’s still bitter over the termination of his contributor contract.”

Tying energy production and highways investment remains Boehner's signature policy measure - Roll Call

Hill politicos can't cope without earmarks - Mark Tapscott for the Washington Examiner

The Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown is Democrats top target - Hotline

For first time, majority of Republican voters say war in Afghanistan has not been worth fighting - Washington Post

Cameron David This MorningLessons from Britain - Mike Gerson warns Republicans to learn lessons from David Cameron - Washington Post

The evidence so far suggests that a less godly society is not a happier or higher-functioning one - Walter Russell Mead for the American Interest

"You can cram all the nongovernmental organizations you want into a country, but if there is no rule of law and if the ruling class is predatory then your achievements won’t add up to much" - David Brooks in the New York Times 

Proposed legislation to legalize marijuana use in Washington State would wrest profits from murderous cartels while helping the beleaguered state budget - Dominic Holden in the New York Times

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