Even Massachusetts voters not really buying the left's "war on women" talking point

Independent Women’s Voice led an independent expenditure ahead of the special election in 2010 to redefine the Brown-Coakley contest as a consequential event deciding the fate of federal legislation on health care and “the critical 41st Senate vote.” And now, in a poll of 505 likely voters in Massachusetts, conducted by the polling company™ and IWV finds Brown now leads 47 percent to 39 percent, while 12 percent of respondents remain undecided. Asked to recall their voting preferences from one month ago, 43 percent said they had supported Brown compared with 34 percent who had supported Warren.

This suggests that Brown’s lead narrowed by a statistically insignificant one point, during a month in which the media-narrative was a moderate Republican’s nightmare. Democrats turned public concern about the Obama administration’s mandate that employers (including those with religious affiliations) must provide health insurance covering abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization into a national discussion of Republican attitudes regarding contraception. GOP missteps — from failing to showcase women at prominent congressional hearings about religious liberty versus the mandate, recast by the left as being about women’s health, to conservative icon Rush Limbaugh, misled by an inaccurate report, insulting a Georgetown law student/contraceptive activist (for which he apologized, but by then the narrative was set) — allowed Democrats to twist opposition to the unprecedented government mandate into a “GOP War on Women.” Elizabeth Warren, the prominent, feminist Harvard professor, seems particularly well positioned to seize this narrative and find a sympathetic audience in the Bay State.