Mark ‘Uterus’ Udall’s ‘War on Women’ campaign in Colorado is failing to win over women

posted at 12:41 pm on October 9, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) has one strategy to ensure his reelection: Resurrect the morally and intellectually bankrupt “War on Women.”

This effort has centered primarily fon promoting the fact that Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) once backed a personhood measure as a state-level lawmaker. He has since abandoned that position and embraced more politically savvy policies like those which would increase access to over-the-counter contraceptives. Even Politifact has been forced, reluctantly, to call out Udall’s ads which claim Gardner “championed” personhood measures in the Centennial State as “half true.”

Nevertheless, Udall’s campaign is clinging desperately to this line of attack against the surging Republican Senate nominee despite the fact that the theme has begun to yield diminishing returns for the incumbent, as The Hill observed in late September.

But, as Udall begins to collapse in the polls, his allies are pulling out all the stops. During a Tuesday debate between the two Senate hopefuls, moderator and Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels noted that Udall has been dubbed “Mark Uterus” because he is “so focused on women’s issues.” Quite the adversarial relationship there.

The term was actually coined by a Colorado-based Republican and Udall adversary, but the Senate Democrat’s supporters have embraced it. “There are worse reputations in blue and purple states than being known for supporting women’s reproductive rights, especially when it distinguishes you from an opponent known for his support of personhood bills,” wrote Bloomberg’s credulous Arit John. “That stance has gained Udall top ratings from a range of groups, from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund to women’s magazines like Cosmopolitan.”

Some company. Planned Parenthood has notably rejected Republicans’ proposals to increase access to contraceptives because they do not believe that contraception should be provided at taxpayer expense. Cosmopolitan has only begun to endorse (exclusively liberal) candidates for office for the first time this year, as the prospects for Democrats and for Obama’s final two years in office appear increasingly dim.

Still, it is reasonable to expect that Udall’s strategy, one which proved such a boon to Democrats in 2012, would be effective with women on some level. The polls, however, suggest that it is backfiring; men have been alienated by Udall, and women are not backing the incumbent in the numbers he needs to secure reelection.

A mid-September Quinnipiac University poll which showed Gardner up by 8 points over Udall revealed a miniscule gender gap that likely terrifies the Udall camp. “In the three-way matchup, Gardner leads Udall among men 53 – 34 percent, with 9 percent for [Independent candidate Steve] Shogan,” Quinnipiac’s release read. “Women go 46 percent for Udall, 43 percent for Gardner and 7 percent for Shogan.”

A Fox News survey released on Wednesday found a similar gap. Among men, Gardner leads Udall with 50 to 33 percent support. Among women, however, Gardner trails Udall by just 37 to 42 percent.

A YouGov/CBS News/New York Times poll taken from September 20 to October 1 has been the most favorable for Udall in weeks. In that survey, Udall enjoys a 15-point lead over Gardner among women, while Gardner secures the support of just 10 points more male voters. However, even given this pronounced gender gap, Udall only leads Gardner in that survey with 45 to 42 percent of the overall vote.

If Udall’s women-first campaign were successful, the gender gap YouGov found would be observed across multiple surveys. The opposite is the case.

It seems that the nakedly dishonest and factional tactic of stoking fear among women voters is failing in Colorado. If Udall had something else to offer Centennial State voters, his campaign would be in less trouble than it presently is. It appears, however, that the “War on Women” was all Mark Udall ever had.

This post has been updated since its original publication.


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Judging from the output of the Democratic Senate, and Obola himself, it is all the entire party has.

OH! and free phones!

captnjoe on October 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Heh … Mark “Uterous”. More like Mark Douche. The Dems war on women nonsense is beyond tired and thread worn.

Blacksheep on October 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The Dims literally don’t have anything else to run on in this state.

The economy is just like everywhere else, stagnant at best, depression for most.

They can’t run on their Socialist record. ObamaCare blows and everyone knows it.

And then you have the state level, gun grabbing Marxists. They’re in for a bad night here in CO.

Meople on October 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Yes the war on women is all this leftist tool has.

he’s an abortion extremist as Allah noted yesterday.

so glad it’s backfiring. Hope Cory wins big.

cat_owner on October 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

They’re in for a bad night here in CO.

Meople on October 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Let’s hope so. As a Colorado boy, I would like to see my home state take a step back toward sanity.

captnjoe on October 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

“Hey there honey (wink), vote for me, Mark Uterus Udall, because I care about your uterus.”

Ya, that should win over all those wymynzes…..

Actually, that’s pretty close to most of his real advertising…..

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

“That stance has gained Udall top ratings from a range of groups, from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund to women’s magazines like Cosmopolitan.”

Wow, that’s quite a range./

Flange on October 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

This Udall must be defeated.

There are too many Udalls running the land into the ground.

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

The economy is just like everywhere else, stagnant at best, depression for most.

Meople on October 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Not if you listen to Chickenpooper’s ads – why, he has personally created hundreds of thousands of jobs…..
Of course, no mention of all the Magpul jobs he ran out of the state.
And funny how the Dems don’t seem to be campaigning on all their wonderful life saving common sense totally reasonable gun control laws that they forced on us….

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

How about Mark “Taint” Udall.

geesoy on October 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The GOP should crush Udall over his support for gender selection late term abortions.

Confront him with that, and the female gender gap is over.

That’s some hero to women: he wants you to have the privilege to abort little girls because they’re not boys.

matthew8787 on October 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

He’s really just Mark “Wrong Hole” Udall.

Flange on October 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

You would think that calling someone Mark “Uterus” would wake people up to the Progs position that only certain parts of women are important.
But nope – they apparently still don’t get it.
Good luck with that.

Go get ’em Cory!

Pelosi Schmelosi on October 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Not if you listen to Chickenpooper’s ads – why, he has personally created hundreds of thousands of jobs…..
Of course, no mention of all the Magpul jobs he ran out of the state.
And funny how the Dems don’t seem to be campaigning on all their wonderful life saving common sense totally reasonable gun control laws that they forced on us….

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Well, they can try to lie all they want. People KNOW what the job situation in the Denver area is like, and people also KNOW how thin their wallets have gotten since the Marxists took over.

And they already know they’re going to get torched over their anti-gun zealotry. They’re just trying not to have to talk about it at all, hoping people will forget about it. Not likely.

Meople on October 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Women are idiots and I’m ashamed to admit to being one…. A Woman not an idiot…

sandee on October 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Wow, Uterus has the support of Cosmopolitan magazine, the same rag I see at the grocery store with cover article teasers such as “10 tricks to please your man in the bedroom” and “Recipes to make him glad he married you”.

Yep, nothing says female empowerment quite like telling the womenses to cook well and dress seductively just for him.

Bishop on October 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The GOP should crush Udall over his support for gender selection late term abortions.

Confront him with that, and the female gender gap is over.

That’s some hero to women: he wants you to have the privilege to abort little girls because they’re not boys.

matthew8787 on October 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Nah that won’t hurt him, most women that are already FOR abortions, won’t care about that. All they care about is voting for Dims that vow to keep it at all costs. They don’t care about the dirty details, even when the infanticide wages a war on baby girls.

Meople on October 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Well, they can try to lie all they want. People KNOW what the job situation in the Denver area is like, and people also KNOW how thin their wallets have gotten since the Marxists took over.

And they already know they’re going to get torched over their anti-gun zealotry. They’re just trying not to have to talk about it at all, hoping people will forget about it. Not likely.

Meople on October 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

That’s about it – EVERY Dem ad I’ve seen is total lies, nothing but.

I do wish the Repubs would hit the gun control issue harder than they are. There’s some, but not enough IMHO. Gun control was the issue that got enough people fired up up to recall 2 Dems for the first time ever, and force a third out. I believe it’s the straw that could seriously break the Dems’ backs.

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Mark Udall when you leave, please take your good buddy McCain with you!

woodhull on October 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Where is Ned Peppers? He loves to write about how the country loves to elect Marxist candidate like Mark Udall.

BroncosRock on October 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Yep, nothing says female empowerment quite like telling the womenses to cook well and dress seductively just for him.

Bishop on October 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Yup – and Uterus Udall is going to defend your uterus, so you’ll be free to let your man use it the way Cosmo tells you it should be used….. Wymynzes Power!!!!

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

One Trick Pony’s Trick Exposed! Film at 11!

Newtie and the Beauty on October 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

What about older women who have had a hysterectomy, who the hell speaks for them, certainly not Mark Uterus.

WAR ON OLDER WOMEN! WAR ON OLDER WOMEN!

Damn you, demorats!

Bishop on October 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Where is Ned Peppers? He loves to write about how the country loves to elect Marxist candidate like Mark Udall.

BroncosRock on October 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

He’s shooting his load in the Paul Krugman thread, fawning over his Boy King’s “success” in getting health care handed over to Sugar Daddy Gubmint.

CurtZHP on October 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Elective up to 8 months?

That’s just plain evil.

jukin3 on October 9, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Planned Parenthood has notably rejected Republicans’ proposals to increase access to contraceptives because they do not believe that contraception should be provided at taxpayer expense.

I’m sorry. Come again? Isn’t that what Sandra Fluke’s entire existence is predicated on? Securing the pill for women at the expense of others?

Doughboy on October 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Were I a woman, I would be deeply offended by the condescending and preposterous meme of the libiot dems. War on Women my azz.

I have to believe that women have more on their political minds than free birth control and the right to kill their babies.

At least thinking women do.

bimmcorp on October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

This guy is Gosnell. Seriously.

22044 on October 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Hopefully, CO voters are finally waking up.

changer1701 on October 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

At least thinking women do.

bimmcorp on October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

^^^ The source of your confusion. Progressive voting woman, NOT thinking voting woman.

captnjoe on October 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Hopefully, CO voters are finally waking up.

changer1701 on October 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Those that aren’t stoned, or waiting in line for a bamaphone and EBT card, or using abortions as their primary birth control….

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Mark Uterus has abandoned the unborn Uteri with his support of sex selection antireproduction rights.

Laurence on October 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

During a Tuesday debate between the two Senate hopefuls, moderator and Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels noted that Udall has been dubbed “Mark Uterus” because he is “so focused on women’s issues.” Quite the adversarial relationship there.

The term was actually coined by a Colorado-based Republican and Udall adversary, but the Senate Democrat’s supporters have embraced it. “There are worse reputations in blue and purple states than being known for supporting women’s reproductive rights, especially when it distinguishes you from an opponent known for his support of personhood bills,” wrote Bloomberg’s credulous Arit John. “That stance has gained Udall top ratings from a range of groups, from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund to women’s magazines like Cosmopolitan.”

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of Udall’s supporters, including the moronic cheerleaders in the media, is just stunning given Udall’s strong support for gender-based abortions and eugenics.

How does that support to abort female fetuses, even via late term abortions, reconcile to supporting women’s rights?

Athos on October 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I just don;t see how this gimmick is going to work over and over again. Mark Udall never camopaigned before as a champion of women’;s rights, anmd njow all of s sudden we are supposed to believe he is the reincarnation of Betty Friedan or something.

People know a phony when they see one, and they can smell a desperation campaign tactic too. Gardner has run a snmart and effective campaign, potraying himself as a non-extreme average Joe and nice guy with deep ties to Colorado, while defining Udall as a political hack and creature of Washington. I know which one I would rather be this year, even if the #WarOnWomen sort of works.

rockmom on October 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

The Dims literally don’t have anything else to run on in this state.

The economy is just like everywhere else, stagnant at best, depression for most.

They can’t run on their Socialist record. ObamaCare blows and everyone knows it.

And then you have the state level, gun grabbing Marxists. They’re in for a bad night here in CO.

Meople on October 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Exactly. Hickenlooper screwing the pooch isn’t helping much either. The GOP finally picked a really good ticket in Colordao this year.

rockmom on October 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

“That stance has gained Udall top ratings from a range of groups, from the … to women’s magazines like Cosmopolitan.”

Having lived and worked in Colorado for 40 years, as I understand it, the “Cosmopolitan Magazine” constituency should be enough to put Mark well over the top.

Asok Asus on October 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

During a Tuesday debate between the two Senate hopefuls, moderator and Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels noted that Udall has been dubbed “Mark Uterus” because he is “so focused on women’s issues.”

That was no earthquake, folks–that was the entire state of Colorado shaking from paroxysms of laughter…

Newtie and the Beauty on October 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time.”

Ayn Rand

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Planned Parenthood has notably rejected Republicans’ proposals to increase access to contraceptives because they do not believe that contraception should be provided at taxpayer expense.

I’m sorry. Come again? Isn’t that what Sandra Fluke’s entire existence is predicated on? Securing the pill for women at the expense of others?

Doughboy on October 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

It’s a poorly constructed sentence. The “they” in the sentence apparently refers to Republicans, not Planned Parenthood.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

If I were in Colorado I would vote for anti-amnesty Udall instead of the Bush backed amnesty supporter Cory Gardner.

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 2:50 PM

It’s been said many times by the left that men have no business deciding what women’s rights are or how to defend them.

I’m guessing now that it only applies to conservatives.

Oxymoron on October 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM

If I were in Colorado I would vote for anti-amnesty Udall instead of the Bush backed amnesty supporter Cory Gardner.

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Yer funny!!!!

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/my/congress/140/votingrecord#tabset-5

http://thecoloradoobserver.com/2014/07/udall-backs-obamas-plan-to-bypass-congress-to-aid-illegal-immigrants/

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

If I were in Colorado I would vote for anti-amnesty Udall instead of the Bush backed amnesty supporter Cory Gardner.

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Aaand yer funny on this part also!!

http://gardner.house.gov/issue/immigration

Even the left agrees that Gardner is NOT pro-amnesty:
http://www.realcorygardner.com/immigration/

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Udall supports gender-selective late-term abortions, which are frequently used to eliminate baby girls more often than baby boys. If Udall had his way, there would be less women to vote for him 18 years from now. Udall’s War on Women!

Steve Z on October 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) attacked his Democratic opponent for what he described as voting “to make undocumented individuals felons” in a debate Monday, underscoring how he has bucked the trend of GOP Senate candidates seizing on hawkish immigration positions amidst a border crisis and threats from President Obama to extend amnesty unilaterally.

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) “voted to make undocumented individuals felons, even those people who assist them, including what could be their schoolteacher. Voted to make them felons,” Gardner said.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/10/06/Gardner-Runs-Left-On-Immigration

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Gardner is one of a handful of Republicans outside the mainstream of the party who voted against a House bill that defunds DACA, blocking the President from continuing or expanding the executive amnesty program that has already legalized just under a million illegal alien minors.
[…]

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/29/Cory-Gardner-s-Immigration-Betrayal-Not-Looking-So-Hot-Right-Now

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Gardner also came out in favor of what he called “earned status” as “part” of comprehensive immigration reform when asked whether he favored extending legal status to illegal immigrants, and that “Ultimately I think the DREAM Act is going to be part of the solution.”
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/10/06/Gardner-Runs-Left-On-Immigration

…And he’s backed by Jeb Bush and I’m guessing Karl Rove.

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Oh well – guess we can’t trust any of them – which is nothing new.
I guess it’s still a choice of the “lesser of 2 evils” – in which case I’ll still take Gardner over Uterus Udall the anti-gun Bloomberg-Obama puppet.

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Washington DC isn’t going to change unless and until people stop voting for the lesser of two evils. Stop playing Washington DC’s rigged game. Until you do Washington DC will continue to win and the American people will continue to lose no matter which party is elected.

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Voters need to stop doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Washington DC isn’t going to change unless and until people stop voting for the lesser of two evils. Stop playing Washington DC’s rigged game. Until you do Washington DC will continue to win and the American people will continue to lose no matter which party is elected.

FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

You got someone better running for Senate in Colorado?

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Washington DC isn’t going to change unless and until people stop voting for the lesser of two evils.
FloatingRock on October 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Soooo, you want us to vote for the greater of 2 evils?

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Soooo, you want us to vote for the greater of 2 evils?

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 5:01 PM

You could always write in Tom Tancredo… ///

bimmcorp on October 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Maybe Mark can rekindle his campaign by invoking Daddy’s name. That’s what got him elected before.

GarandFan on October 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

You could always write in Tom Tancredo… ///

bimmcorp on October 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

That’s a thought, but I already voted for him for Governor in the primary….

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Maybe Mark can rekindle his campaign by invoking Daddy’s name. That’s what got him elected before.

GarandFan on October 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Funny thing is – Gardner already beat him to it.
Gardner has an ad where he talks about the Udall family being all about politics – they ARE Washington – “in fact Mark Udall’s father even ran for President”.
The Dems got all fired up about that – tried claiming that stating the fact that Mo Udall ran for President is an insult of some kind.

dentarthurdent on October 9, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Why are women so painfully stupid? It’s pretty sad that waving condoms in their face will buy every female vote. Women really shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a ballot box. It’s far to complicated for them to see past Shop-Vac(ing) a baby’s brains out at taxpayers expense.

acetylene420 on October 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM