Thursday, April 12, 2012

Romney's First Week: Not Going So Well

With Rick Santorum's decision to drop out of the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney is now free to continue doing what he's been doing for at least a few months: essentially ignoring his opponents, saying things that don't make sense, and misusing data to make the case that he knows what's best for America.

The first thing the Romney campaign did was to recognize that his numbers among women voters are terrible relative to Obama's. He recognized this by doing two things: cherry picking jobs data to "show" that job losses under the Obama recovery have been heavily skewed against women (that 92.3% figure), and giving a wishy-washy endorsement of the Lily Ledbetter Act (that legislation which gives additional power to women to sue on the basis of pay discrimination).

In a clear violation of the 11th Commandment, The Daily Caller debunked the 92.3% nonsense by actually talking to someone from BLS and confirming that the figure isn't just unfair (c'mon... blaming Obama for the job losses in January 2009??), but also misleading (both in terms of participation rates as well as the actual data itself), and stupid (many of the jobs lost by women resulted from government firings perpetrated by GOP governors).

The second thing was some apparent confusion over whether it would be prudent to endorse the Lily Ledbetter Act. After a "we'll get back to you on that" response, Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul said that Romney "supports pay equity and is not looking to change current law.". Yawn.

That first week of trying to turn the tables on Obama and make it seem like the President has been waging a war on women isn't going so well.

But, who knows? The week ain't over yet.