Posted by: Donna
There are times when I can barely eke out two posts in a week and then there are days like today where I do more than one.
Politico broke a story today about last week’s CD 8 special election that is noteworthy not only from a pure gossip angle but also for its electoral implications for Dems, should they choose to pay attention. According to Barber’s camp, a staffer for Martha McSally (who is likely to be Barber’s challenger in November) passed some tips to a Barber aide they felt would be useful in defeating Jesse Kelly. Now, under most circumstances I regard such advice under the following guideline: Never take advice from someone who wants you to lose. And, certainly, Martha McSally wants to beat Barber in the general election. However, she needed for Kelly to lose in order to assure her place in the next election so I can see where an exception to the guideline would be warranted. Here’s the advice McSally’s people gave to Barber, which they said was based on polling:
Stone offered the Barber staffer his business card, which on the back had the following hand-written suggestions: Focus on social issues during the race’s final days in order to win the support of still-undecided independent and Republican women. Stone also told the Barber aide, according to her written recollection of the conversation, “We really want to see you win,” adding: “To be honest, I still want a job, so really go after those social issues, particularly abortion, with women who haven’t voted yet.”
See, Democrats? Republicans know they are vulnerable on reproductive issues, despite the constant bleating how “the majority of Americans say they’re pro-life neener neener!” Americans don’t like abortion (duh) but most of them don’t want women to be jailed or to die in the ER. The Barber campaign didn’t take Stone’s advice, which was fine because Kelly was vulnerable on so many other fronts but I think Democrats need to take heed of this in general and stop being so afraid to target voters, especially female ones, with pro-choice messages that remind them in no uncertain terms of the truly monstrous intentions of anti-choice social conservatives.
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