Ashley McGuire has an interesting piece up at the Public Discourse about how conservatives let progressives frame the social issues during the last campaign, which was absolutely true. It is clear now that Mitt Romney took Mitch Daniels disastrous advice and called a truce on social issues.
McGuire says one of the real problems was the lack of attractive spokeswomen on social issues, those capable of fighting back against the “war on women.”
The Right needs to get some Sandra Flukes.
In general, the Left is very good about finding female policymakers and talking heads to rally the troops on issues that affect women. During the Planned Parenthood / Komen Foundation debacle, during the (ongoing) HHS mandate debate, and on anything related to abortion, equal pay, and so on, there is always a woman leading the front from their camp.
This past election cycle, whenever anyone so much as uttered the word “woman,” liberals trotted out Fluke, Wasserman-Shultz, Pelosi, Boxer, Gillibrand, Maddow . . . et alia.
The Right brought out . . . ?
We need more women out front. We should be actively cultivating a horde of Sandra Flukes. Carly Fiorina and Jane Norton should not have lost their races. Republicans should focus with special care on electing socially conservative female officeholders, especially senators and governors.
Admittedly we have less of a selection from which to choose, probably because socially conservative women are more likely to be home taking care of their husbands and children, rather than spinning on Sunday talk shows about how full-time moms like Ann Romney have never “worked a day” in their lives.
But nonetheless, it’s pretty simple. Think less crinkly faces and less gray hair. More lipstick and highlights. The women are there. Find them. Fund them. Elevate them.
On this point I think McGuire is simply wrong. Conservative women are known to be far more attractive then their progressive counterparts.
Who did the right bring out? The right brought out Michelle Bachman, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Laura Ingraham, Dana Perino not to mention activists like Lila Rose, Penny Nance and even my wife, Cathy. The list could go on and on. You may think that a few of these women were faulty vessels for our issues, but you cannot say they are not babes. Lots of great highlights, lots of lipstick, and not a “crinkly face” among them.
To be sure, McGuire is a welcome addition to them. She is smart, articulate and exponentially better looking than Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Sandra Fluke!