Candidates often fall into one of two traps: either patronizing women voters or complete avoidance. Democrats won’t allow avoidance. So obviously, it’ll be worth reminding Coloradans (often) that Udall, who allegedly believes the brave women of America have an enduring right to make their own health-care decisions, is a cheerleader of coerced participation in a state-run program that has separated thousands of Colorado women from their doctors. This not only highlights his hypocrisy, but makes him defend Obamacare.
And since this is a war, Gardner can do better. Instead of running from the debate, it would also be worth pointing out that as Udall is himself an extremist on the issue of abortion; a supporter of late-term abortions — a position that most Americans find repugnant. In fact, some polls show that the 20-week abortion ban is more popular among women than men. A Quinnipiac poll found that 60 percent of women support unrestricted abortions for only the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Only 50 percent of men support the 20-week limit. Other polls found similar results.
Maybe there’s nothing the GOP can do to win in states like Colorado. But meeting these sorts of attacks head on makes far more sense than running. The War on Women shtick will be branching out to include the minimum wage and immigration, as well as income equality – and everything else, really. And Colorado proves that its coming for you whether you deserve it or or not. Because even if you’re not Todd Akin, they know you really are.