Udall’s first ad in Colorado: The war-on-womenizing we’ve been waiting for

posted at 5:21 pm on April 23, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I suppose going straight for the war-on-women strategy is the first logical step for Sen. Mark Udall in his race against Rep. Cory Gardner in Colorado, expected to be one of the costliest of the cycle. What should he do, tout his vote for ObamaCare and the “if you like it, you can keep it” lie? Well, that’s definitely out. Talk about the effectiveness of Democrats’ policies in nurturing an economic “recovery“? Nope, that’s out too. Play up the fact that he’s voted with President Obama’s agenda 99 percent of the time? Oh, hell no.

So, time to start running with one of the two main strategies from embattled Democrats’ distraction playbook: Natural gas production is liable to become a big factor in this particular race, but for now, it was either minimum wage and income inequality, or unsubtly implying that Republicans’ opposition to abortion/support for personhood measures are really just elaborate fronts for eventually getting the pill outlawed and keeping women in the kitchen, or whatever.

Unfortunately, demonizing/distorting Ken Cuccinelli’s social conservatism seemed to work pretty well for now-Gov. Terry McAuliffe in similarly purplish Virginia, helping to turn out all the single ladies in his favor. Flashback to last November:

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe spent most of his campaign time — and money — casting Ken Cuccinelli as a zealot on social issues like abortion and contraception in the just-concluded Virginia race. …

But, according to exit polls, Cuccinelli only lost female voters by nine points — identical to the losing margin for Mitt Romney among women in Virginia in the 2012 presidential election. (Romney lost women nationally by 11 points to President Obama in 2012.)

Where Cuccinelli did get swamped, however, was among non-married women where he lost by a massive 42-point(!) margin, according to preliminary exit polling. While Romney didn’t fare that poorly in 2012, his 29-point loss among non-married women in Virginia was more than double his losing margin among women more broadly in the Commonwealth.

Team Gardner is going to have to hustle to avoid getting defined as some kind of crazed social zealot early on, and the money from outside groups from both sides is already pouring in:

Gardner’s campaign responded quickly, attacking Udall for going negative and alleging that the ad distorts Gardner’s record.

“After nearly two decades in Washington, Senator Udall has decided to launch his reelection campaign with a negative, misleading attack ad because he has no record of accomplishments,” Gardner campaign manager Chris Hansen said in a statement. “While Coloradans sound the call for new leadership, Senator Udall continues to lie about Cory Gardner’s record while distorting his own.

“If Senator Udall trusts and respects women, and all Coloradans for that matter, then he should not have lied to them about keeping their healthcare plans and doctors.”


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Just tie Udall to the Nanny Bloomy and the rest of the gun-grabbing Dems.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

That was the Bishop!?!?
Gonna be a slowwwww thread…..

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Colorado ain’t known for a whole lotta two-term senators lately.

Lanceman on April 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

About 40,000 voters registered in both Virginia and Maryland Group Finds

This may help explain that McAuliffe win in Virginia. I have to wonder how many voters will vote illegally in Colorado these days, and how many of them are actually in the nation illegally to boot.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Unfortunately, demonizing/distorting Ken Cuccinelli’s social conservatism seemed to work pretty well for now-Gov. Terry McAuliffe in similarly purplish Virginia, helping to turn out all the single ladies in his favor.

You are very polite in calling the stupid rabid partisan birth canal-whores ladies. I’m still bitter at the fact that more women in the commonwealth didn’t see through that effort. My conclusion- It isn’t a stereotype to consider women stupid.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Or men who make broad, rude, crass statements like that one, and judge all women by the standards of Democrats, Nomad.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Gardner had better learn quickly that the truth does not matter in an election. It is perception that counts. He had better get some feminine groups out and about touting his record of being pro-woman and to hell with Udall’s lying. Republicans do this every time and Romney did it in spades last time. Obama painted one of the nicest people on the planet as a mean heartless woman hater and it worked. Romney went after the “Truth” to obama’s lies but obama’s message,(lies) was already out and digested by then. Gardner cannot be reactive but must be proactive.

inspectorudy on April 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Mark Udall is willing to walk in a field with a woman.

He also voted for the stimucrap and BarkCare. Imagine that.

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Or men who make broad, rude, crass statements like that one, and judge all women by the standards of Democrats, Nomad.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Oh Please! Unclutch the pearls.

The rabid stupid women of Virginia were running ads saying that all abortions would be banned. A complete lie. Women were THE deciding factor in getting McAuliffe elected.

I have a legitimate reason for being a misogynist. The girls really are that goddamned stupid.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

About 40,000 voters registered in both Virginia and Maryland Group Finds

This may help explain that McAuliffe win in Virginia. I have to wonder how many voters will vote illegally in Colorado these days, and how many of them are actually in the nation illegally to boot.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Oh, I’m quite certain that McAwful won by voter fraud.

Lanceman on April 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Yo Gardner and Republicans:

Stop accepting the Dems’ narrative on this crap. Turn around and use it to your advantage:

“Hell yeah, I support the sanctity of life and I ain’t apologizing. I support women making alternate choices other than abortion. My opponent is pro-death (Image of Kermit Gosnell alongside Udall in ad) and he’s pro-Obamacare which will hurt more women, as well as everyone else.”

“Now let’s talk about jobs and healthcare, and what a miserable POS failure my opponent and his buddy Obama have been…”

Brian in Titletown on April 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

There are a lot of men on this site who love their wives and don’t regard them as stupid. They feel the same way about their mothers, their sisters, their daughters, but apparently… you don’t.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.
Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers.
Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse.
Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1.
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Caption for the lede photo:

“Ma’am, do you want Cory Gardner to take away your right to kill babies like this one?”

Ward Cleaver on April 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

“If Senator Udall trusts and respects women, and all Coloradans for that matter, then he should not have lied to them about keeping their healthcare plans and doctors.”

Excellent!

KS Rex on April 23, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM
Or men who make broad, rude, crass statements like that one, and judge all women by the standards of Democrats, Nomad.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM
Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM
There are a lot of men on this site who love their wives and don’t regard them as stupid. They feel the same way about their mothers, their sisters, their daughters, but apparently… you don’t.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I’m sure as he11 not getting involved in this one…
(my wife might be reading this…)

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

I hope the Dem’s keep gong back to the well on the “war on women”. It’s getting old because women are beginning to see it as nothing more than pandering.

Tater Salad on April 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

They use the war on women because it works, shows no signs of getting stale, and Repubs have found no good defense.

Good-bye, Republic. It was nice while it lasted.

tdarrington on April 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

The war-on-womenizing we’ve been waiting for

Wait – what? There’s a war on womenizing?
Bad news for Bubba Clinton….

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I hope the Dem’s keep gong back to the well on the “war on women”. It’s getting old because women are beginning to see it as nothing more than pandering.

Tater Salad on April 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

They use the war on women because it works, shows no signs of getting stale, and Repubs have found no good defense.

Good-bye, Republic. It was nice while it lasted.

tdarrington on April 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Point – Counterpoint.
So, which is it?

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Point – Counterpoint.
So, which is it?

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Counterpoint. Let’s stipulate the ladies of Hot Gas are an enlightened bunch. That said, on balance, which sex is more likely to make irrational, emotion-based decisions that they know aren’t necessarily the best decisions? I think it’s pretty clear.

crrr6 on April 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

crrr6 on April 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Links please.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I have to go with Lewis Grizzard on this one. I love women, admire women, some of my best friends are women, but I don’t think they should be able to drive or vote.

Ms. Anthrope on April 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Ms. Anthrope on April 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

And you wonder why the LEFT is pounding conservatives with the ‘war on women’ meme.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I have to go with Lewis Grizzard on this one. I love women, admire women, some of my best friends are women, but I don’t think they should be able to drive or vote.

Ms. Anthrope on April 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

And you wonder why the LEFT is pounding conservatives with the ‘war on women’ meme.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Wellll, not necessarily ALL wymynzes – but certainly the blondes – we’ve all heard about them….

(I should be safe with that – wife’s a redhead….)

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2014 at 6:48 PM

The only reason the silly issue, ‘war on woman’, gets so much play is Republicans are too afraid embrace emotional issues. If Gardner really had a burning desire to win, would have been out at the Bundy ranch leading the protesters. Southern politician like George Wallace knew how to use emotion to win. Gardner is another helpless Republican trying to deal with the non-issue of ‘war on woman.’ Republicans are too afraid to deal with the anger in America. They just let the Dems write the rules.

shelbyco on April 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Links please.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I’m talking life experiences and observations through my 36 years of life – no link necessary, and I bet that most would agree with me.

I get that there are many women who can make decisions with clear eyes better than others, but that doesn’t mean that there’s a problem. What strictly man-specific issue do politicians make an emotional pitch to men?

crrr6 on April 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Yeah… you’ve convinced me. I’ll just leave you boys to your “He-Man Woman Haters Club”.

Women, in the United States, comprise 50.8% of the total US population in the last census.

Gee… that conservative clubhouse tent is getting smaller all the time.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Udall’s a woman?

Fallon on April 23, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Why are the responses so tame? Just call the douche bag for the liar he is!

jawkneemusic on April 23, 2014 at 7:12 PM

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Easy there, ma’am. There’s plenty of room in our clubhouse, I was just having a bit of fun at your expense. It is a bit distressing that even conservatives are beginning to take things so seriously these days! I’ve been lurking here for a while, and the ladies at Hot Air are some of the sharpest commenters I have had the privilege of reading!

Ms. Anthrope on April 23, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Counterpoint. Let’s stipulate the ladies of Hot Gas are an enlightened bunch. That said, on balance, which sex is more likely to make irrational, emotion-based decisions that they know aren’t necessarily the best decisions? I think it’s pretty clear.

crrr6 on April 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Liberals. I know they aren’t a sex but they do tend to be girly.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Unfortunately, demonizing/distorting Ken Cuccinelli’s social conservatism seemed to work pretty well for now-Gov. Terry McAuliffe in similarly purplish Virginia

What? No, cuccinelli was definitely a daemon long before mcauliffe got a hold of him. The lesson to learn from that contest (among so many other similarly Jesus-y losses) is not to nominate an obsessively religious culture war who is more concerned about what boys do with boys than addressing the much more pressing fiscal rot facing the country.

jaxisaneurophysicist on April 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Colorado winning mantra: “Free dope for all!”

vnvet on April 23, 2014 at 8:08 PM

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I didn’t mean for you to be personally offended, but it offends me that the litmus test for so-called women’s rights has become whether or not politicians will give the pill to you for free – or that they’re gullible to buy into this preposterous notion that we’re banning birth control.

I mean, you actually had some harlot go before congress and beg politicians for the pill – something that can be had for about the price of the texting plan on your cell phone every month…and she’s lauded by self-described feminists as a hero of sorts.

Can you imagine any man that would do such a thing – begging Chuck Schumer for condoms? I mean, we would be mortified at such a spectacle and the butt of all your friends’ jokes, probably for the rest of your life. What kind of loser do you have to be to demand that the government give you something so personal for free? No man would ever consider this empowering or something to be proud of.

These politicians are running these ads because THEY WORK. Women are falling for this stupid stuff – repeatedly. McAuliffe won women by 9 points and unmarried women 67-25 (!!!) And, all he did was run abortion and birth control fear-mongering ads, and women bought it hook, line in sinker. “Obamacare? bah! Don’t mess with my free government birth control!” Pathetic.

crrr6 on April 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Udall’s first ad in Colorado: The war-on-womenizing we’ve been waiting for

…well….Udall…is an abortion!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

What? No, cuccinelli was definitely a daemon long before mcauliffe got a hold of him. The lesson to learn from that contest (among so many other similarly Jesus-y losses) is not to nominate an obsessively religious culture war who is more concerned about what boys do with boys than addressing the much more pressing fiscal rot facing the country.

Cuccinelli wasn’t much of a “culture warrior” (I think that’s the term you meant to use)
His 8 year state senate career and 4 year AG career consisted of mostly getting a property rights amendment into the VA Commonwealth’s Constitution.
It is something both Libertarians and even Liberals in VA should’ve been fond of ( and some were)
But apparently not enough to avoid voting for T-Mac because “war on womyns” or something.
In truth Cuccinelli is no more socially conservative then Paul Ryan. He was more fiscally conservative that ticked off the moderates at the Chamber and thus led to morons like you stupidly building the platform T-Mac ran on.
Congrats, whatever happens in VA under McAuliffe is on your hands.

MWC_RS on April 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Links please.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Where Cuccinelli did get swamped, however, was among non-married women where he lost by a massive 42-point(!) margin, according to preliminary exit polling. While Romney didn’t fare that poorly in 2012, his 29-point loss among non-married women in Virginia was more than double his losing margin among women more broadly in the Commonwealth.

Vince on April 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Vince on April 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Thanks, Vince. However, that’s not a link that supports the theory that women are intellectually inferior or incapable of making rational decisions based on their own best interest.

Now, consider the comment that began this entire conversation carefully.

My conclusion- It isn’t a stereotype to consider women stupid.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

You’ll note: not just the women who voted for McAuliffe, but all women were held liable in that statement.

I could just as easily have pointed out that a lot of men voted for McAuliffe, too, and asked if all men should be held accountable for the decisions and actions of some members of their sex and considered, ‘stupid’, as well.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

The fact remains that without women, and single women in particular, Democrats would hardly win an election these days except in the deepest blue states (and some of those would be competitive).

Everyone who votes for Democrats is either stupid and beguiled, or an evil America-hating socialist. That goes for men and women.

But the fact is still that it is single women who are causing the problem and ruining the country through their stupidity.

Adjoran on April 23, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Adjoran on April 23, 2014 at 11:09 PM

The case could just as easily be made that the people “causing the problem and ruining the country through their stupidity” are all the men staying home and refusing to vote at all…only about 60% of the electorate turned out to vote in the last general election and the GOP only lost by 2%.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Count me with the he-man woman haters.

And I’m a woman, just not part of the majority that votes like completely self-centered sex-crazed helpless morons.

pannw on April 23, 2014 at 11:46 PM

pannw on April 23, 2014 at 11:46 PM

I never argued that there are no stupid women, particularly those who vote for policy that I find destructive to the nation. I argued that all women aren’t stupid.

Apparently you disagree with me.

I guess you can only speak from personal experience.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 2:06 AM

The case could just as easily be made that the people “causing the problem and ruining the country through their stupidity” are all the men staying home and refusing to vote at all…only about 60% of the electorate turned out to vote in the last general election and the GOP only lost by 2%.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

No, that is not correct. There is no way to know how those who did not vote might have voted.

But we do know how the women who do vote vote. And it is disproportionately for Democrats, especially the single women.

Adjoran on April 24, 2014 at 6:27 AM

There are a lot of men on this site who love their wives and don’t regard them as stupid.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Notice the numbers are for single women.

What strictly man-specific issue do politicians make an emotional pitch to men?

crrr6 on April 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Duh. GUNS! (The pro- side, of course.) ;)

GWB on April 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM

About 40,000 voters registered in both Virginia and Maryland Group Finds

This may help explain that McAuliffe win in Virginia. I have to wonder how many voters will vote illegally in Colorado these days, and how many of them are actually in the nation illegally to boot.

thatsafactjack on April 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Most likely merrylanders fleeing Owe Malley

goatbod on April 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Every Inequality Democrats whine about is either a lie, or has been made worse by their own policies. —Pundit Pete, 2014

Here is the link for a great graphic with this quote.
http://punditpete.blogspot.com/2014/04/pete-quote-of-day-april-23.html

PunditPete on April 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Adjoran on April 24, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Then perhaps the GOP should make its case for single women more clearly… however… that may well be impossible since telling you that I’m not defending those women who vote for Democrats doesn’t register with you.

I’m simply arguing that ALL women aren’t stupid, which is precisely what Happy Nomad said in the original post that started this redundant conversation.

Get over your hatred of women, sport. We’re here to stay.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I have a legitimate reason for being a misogynist. The girls really are that goddamned stupid.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

The only female I have ever known to be capable of seeing and remarking on the breathtaking stupidity of women is Ann Coulter.

All other women…whoosh! It just slips right past them. Stupid men they see like eagles. Stupid women? HOW DARE YOU EVEN SUGGEST IT?!

If it weren’t for double standards, women would have no standards at all.

thejackal on April 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM