The Romney campaign is trying very hard to win back support from women with a really weird and illogical argument that Obama has engaged in a “war on women” because the recession hit women harder than men (as if Obama caused the recession that started before he got into office). And Mitt is throwing out some bizarre and wildly inaccurate claims:
“There’s been some talk about a war on women. The real war on women has been waged by the Obama administration’s failure on the economy. Do you know what percentage of job losses during the Obama years of have been casualties of women losing jobs as opposed to men? Do you know how many women, what percent of the job losses were women? 92.3 percent of the job losses during the Obama years have been women who’ve lost those jobs.”
But when the campaign was asked to defend that stat, they came up empty:
On a Romney campaign surrogates conference call to bash President Barack Obama’s stewardship of the economy Wednesday morning, officials faced a series of questions about the campaign’s recent argument that 92 percent of jobs lost during the recession were held by women.
Three separate times the surrogates, who included Lanhee Chen, the campaign’s chief policy adviser, were asked what specifically about Obama’s policies are bad for women, and three times the campaign offered no specifics.
And then Sam Stein of the Huffington Post asked about the first bill Obama signed as president, a bill lifting the statute of limitations for women who sue to receive equal pay for performing the same jobs as men.
“Does Gov. Romney support the Lilly Ledbetter Act?” asked Sam Stein of the Huffington Post.
After a six-second pause, an unidentified voice replied, “Sam, we’ll get back to you on that.”
The Romney press aide arranging the call did not immediately respond to requests to clarify Romney’s position on the act.
That last part is interesting because it reveals one of the most basic facts about our political system. Deciding which position to take on an issue rarely has anything to do with rational analysis or even the views and principles of the politician. Romney won’t know where he stands on that law until they have all kinds of discussions on the political risks and benefits of each potential position, probably aided by focus groups and polling. Because politics is simply an arm of marketing at this point; right and wrong almost never enter into the equation.