I get around a lot, particularly on the net. I’ve gotten to know several hundred people on gaming sites, sports sites, book sites, and any other number of sites. And in recent months, I’ve had long conversations with well over 50 (mostly single) women. The one thing they all had in common was they ALL voted against the Republicans, and I think it’s important for you “high information voters” to understand why.
Let me start with some basic points. First, I realize this is anecdotal and I cannot attribute statistical significance to it.... BUT, the women I spoke to are a true cross-section of American women. They ranged from 16 to 55 and they were geographically diverse. Some were professionals, some worked in stores or hotels, some were nurses, one was a newspaper editor, and some were teachers. Only two were unemployed, and they were basically stay at home mothers. Moreover, the 100% consistency of their views strikes me as extremely meaningful.
In each case, I spent extensive time speaking with these women. I discussed politics with them and delved into their views on various issues. Without exception, I found that they held fundamentally conservative beliefs. They thought they paid too much in taxes. They didn’t like people living on the government. They want to see fiscal sanity and want to see the government spend less. Most were religious. Several were gun owners and only two really opposed guns. None of them believed the government could make their lives better. Yet, they all voted for Obama, and not one of them identified themselves as conservative. To the contrary, they used words like “evil,” “corrupt” and “hateful” when asked to describe conservatives - I cannot overstate the contempt they had for conservatives. And so you know, of this group, only two described themselves a liberal.
So what is the problem? Well, contrary to what certain “high information voters” want to believe, none of them collect benefits from the government, none of these supposed “low information voters” want anything from the government, and none of their votes were bought. Nor are they stupid or uninformed. To the contrary, I found them to be quite bright, very rational and surprisingly well-informed... much better informed than a lot of “high information voters” I know. Yet, they all voted for Obama.
Actually. . . only two voted for Obama, the rest voted against the Republicans. (And for those of you thinking “those damn Republicans,” you should know that not a single one of these women distinguished between conservatives and Republicans... it’s all the same to them.)
So why do they hate Republicans? Here is what they ALL told me... without exception:
● The Republicans want to raise my taxes to help the rich.(They also listed the “obsession with abortion” and lots of examples of racism, but those weren’t 100% consistent... maybe 70%.)
● The Republicans have no plan to help me get a better job.
● The Republicans hate gays and I have gay friends.
Now, I know that a lot of you “high information voters” are asking, but what about Fast and Furious? Clearly, these morons didn’t know about that, right? Actually, they did and they didn’t care. They didn’t see how one stupid ATF operation that may or may not have been known by someone in the Justice Department meant much to their lives. What about Benghazi? They knew that too. And again, they didn’t care. They didn’t see how that affected their lives either. Ditto on all the other dozens of minor “scandals” that you “high information voters” seem to think are so vital.
The truth is that these women, to a one, know the things you think they don’t, but they don’t care. They are concerned with how they will keep their jobs, how they will get better jobs, how they can afford a house and kids, and how they can pay off massive student loan debts. You “high information voters” haven’t offered them anything on how you’re going to make that happen.
And before you say they’re wrong, ask yourself if they really are. What have the Republicans and talk radio been jerking themselves off over for the past three months? They want to protect the rich from a 3% tax hike. To stop that, they threatened to cause taxes to go up for working Americans everywhere. Is it really irrational to see this as Republicans looking to raise taxes on the middle class to help the rich?
And what about the conservative plan on jobs? Oh, that’s right, there isn’t one except to grouse about those lazy people on unemployment. Student loans? Just grousing about how not everyone should go to college. Fixing the devastated housing market? Grousing about those damn minorities who never should have been given loans. Fixing our out-of-control health care system? Repeal Obamacare and something something to make big insurers richer. Who’s being more rational here... the “low information voters” who see this as a platform of crap or the “high information voters” who can’t see a problem with this?
So what about the charge of “hate”? The big thing here was the gay issue. The Republicans send the signal loudly and clearly that they hate gays. Every single one of these women picked up on that and repeated it. Now you may not want to believe that, but that is how conservatives are coming across. And when 100% of a random sample of 50 people says the same thing, you can pretty much be sure something is going on.
This is why the Republicans lost this election and why they will keep losing elections in the future. It has nothing to do with “low information voters,” it has nothing to do with voters “wanting goodies”... it has everything to do with “high information voters” not being able to see how nasty they come across or how their “policies” offer nothing to people who only want to make their lives better. These women see us as a party that hates people -- gays, minority homeowners, Hispanics, single women, the poor, the unemployed -- and a party that holds the middle class hostage to save the rich from a minor tax hike. And honestly, they make a solid case for that.
And before you blame the MSM for spinning conservatives, you can forget that. What these women complained about came directly from the mouths of conservatives. For years now, conservatives have competed like lemmings to prove they are more extreme than the other guy. Uniquely in the world of politics, conservatives despise the word “moderate” and use it as a slur. Every one of our candidates swore to a series of pledges and constitutional amendments so far beyond the pale to ordinary Americans that it makes conservatism seem like a cult... and they reveled in their purity and accused others of heresy. The MSM doesn’t need to spin that to make us sound extreme, we embrace the idiotic label.
Look, you people are smart. I know that. I’ve seen tremendous insight from each of you over the past several years. So use that insight and think about what I’ve said. There is a problem here whether conservatives want to believe it or not, and trying to dismiss these people as “low information voters” is both asinine and wrong. Not only does it not help to name-call people you want to win over, but frankly, these women are right and you are wrong. They are not stupid, they are not uninformed, they are not irrational. To the contrary, they are thinking much more clearly, and much more conservatively, than the self-described “high information voters” who are trying to mock them. These women are not the problem, these women highlight the problem, which is that “high information voters” have made conservatism unpalatable. I suspect each of these women would happily have voted for the conservatism of Ronald Reagan, but they’ll NEVER vote for the “conservatism” of today’s “high information voters.”
Anyway, this is the last time I’m going to talk about this because honestly I’m sick of saying it. But if conservatism means anything to you... I urge you to think about this.