American Elephants

The Obama Campaign is Getting Desperate, and Clumsy! by The Elephant's Child

The woman with the dark hair and bangs is Maria Ciano, who has been a registered Democrat since 2006, according to voter registration records. The older woman in the pink drawstring shirt is her mother.

John Hinderaker found her Facebook page, where some of her friends congratulate her for appearing in the Obama ad. Her Facebook “likes” make it obvious that she is a left-wing  activist.

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* Amy Goodman
* Barack Obama
* Being Liberal
* Bernie Sanders Tells You A Secret the GOP Would Rather You Didn’t Know
* Miss Piggy Delivers the Best Takedown of Fox News We’ve Seen All Month
* Think Progress
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* Dow and Monsanto Join Forces to Poison America’s Heartland
* Climate Reality
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* The Sierra Club
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* Obama For America–Colorado
* Denver Young Democrats
* Obamacare
* Latinos For Obama
* Michelle Obama
* Veterans For Obama
* I Love It When I Wake Up In the Morning and Obama Is President
* Obama Truth Team
* Democratic Party

Maybe we can get some registered Democratic women like Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, S.E. Cupp, Bridget Johnson and Jen Rubin to say they’ll vote for Romney.  That could be a brilliant commercial.  They’re better-looking too.

The Obama campaign is desperate to turn the talk to abortion and “the War on Women”. Last I heard, Roe v. Wade was still the law of the land. Surely most women can afford to pay $9 a month for their own birth control pills, or are they so dependent that we must buy everything for them? Pathetic. Anything to avoid talking about the economy.


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Pathetic…but not nearly as bad as when Obama hired actors to pretend to be doctors to publicly support of Obamacare


Comment by cognitionemission

Reblogged this on red pill report and commented:
The most amazing thing about this deceptive ad is that the Obama campaign team really does believe the American people are that stupid. This ad is particularly insulting to women. It assumes that the majority of women mindlessly fixate on abortion and birth control, and all other issues pale in comparison to these so-called ‘women’s rights’ issues.

Well, these out-of-touch radicals have misjudged the women of America, and they’ll be learning a hard lesson in November.


Comment by Red Pill Report

Are Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter really registered as Democratic on the voting rolls? Interesting. Of course, having them do a commercial could backfire. One could equally ask why they registered that way.


Comment by Subsidy Eye

No, Subsidy, of course they are not. Joke. They are very prominent Republican women. The Obama campaign made a commercial, giving s script to a number of reliable Democrats to claim that they were Republicans. It was easily proved that they were not, but only a clumsy attempt to prove that there is a “War on Women” and try to persuade women (particularly stupid ones) that they should vote for Obama, paying no attention to the economy, unemployment, overspending, disastrous foreign policy and any number of other major issues and focus entirely on the falsehood that Republicans want to attack women’s sex life. Surely you didn’t fall for this nonsense.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

I know of course where the sentiments of the aforementioned women lie. But I did not take your suggestion that they were registered as Democrats as a joke. I’ve known plenty of people who have initially registered to vote under one party and then shift preferences without formally re-registering. Or they may live in a state that allows cross-over voting in primaries, and so forth.

It is totally possible that the women in the ad are registered Republicans or have voted Republican. My own parents voted for Nixon in 1960 and Reagan in 1980.

The point is not so much whether there exist women like the ones in the ad. I think it is more unlikely that there are not. The question is whether there are grounds for such fears about the Republican Party’s stance on reproductive rights in the first place.

Let’s just say that there is plenty of material to work with. You know how I perceive Rush Limbaugh’s comments on Sandra Fluke. Even the Republican Party itself seems to be embarrassed by the “legitimate rape” comments made by Rep. W. Todd Akin of Missouri and are reiterating their calls for the U.S. Senate hopeful to quit the race.

All this does not constitute a co-ordinated Republican “War on Women”, but these and similar incidents have a lot of independent voting women nervous. I’m sure you disagree. But I do think the Party has an image problem on women’s reproductive and related issues that is easy for Democrats to exploit, whether in a “fair” manner or not.


Comment by Subsidy Eye

There is a big chunk of the American electorate that pays no attention to politics, or even the news. They don’t know the participants, they don’t know the issues. When an election comes along, they start paying attention a little more after Labor Day. They are as apt to vote on a candidate’s looks as anything else. They are exceptionally vulnerable to propaganda, lies and false claims. They may be perfectly intelligent people, just vastly underinformed.
Of course everybody was embarrassed by Todd Akin’s remark because it was so silly, and infuriated because he was only the Republican candidate because a lot of Democrats switched parties to vote for him in the primary because he was regarded as the weakest opposition to Claire McCaskell who is a particularly poor senator.

The Republican party, probably a majority, deplores abortion. As a state senator, Obama voted against a law that would require babies born alive after a botched abortion to receive attempts to save them instead of being stuck in a storeroom to die. He also did not vote against late-term abortion. However, Roe v.Wade remains the law of the land and remains a contentious issue. Republicans see no reason for the federal government to support the private organization Planned Parenthood, the major purveyor of abortions. Democrat women may be paranoid about “The War on Women,”but Republican women are not. Lots of Republican women are pro-choice — Condoleeza Rice and Barbara Bush, for example. Any woman that is nervous about the “War on Women” is a Democrat, and remarkably ill-informed.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

I agree with your first paragraph, but not with this statement:

Any woman that is nervous about the “War on Women” is a Democrat, and remarkably ill-informed.

I guess, by your definition, if a woman who was a registered Republican were to be worried about a “War on Women” then that person is a RINO.

But my main point, as frequently on these pages, concerns the big swing vote, sometimes called “independents”. (I prefer the term “centrists”.) I would therefore say instead that any woman who is nervous about the “War on Women” is likely to be a Democrat or independent.

The problem, with both parties, is the fringe element, which is what grabs the attention of voters who don’t otherwise pay close attention to political platforms.

On that score, I have friends who are unlikely to vote for Romney, not because they dislike him, but because they feel that he is too flip-floppy and may bend to the views of that fringe — e.g., in exchange for getting his way in other policy areas. I’m not saying that is an accurate depiction, just passing on what seems to be a commonly held view among centrists.


Comment by Subsidy Eye

Republican women know that there are pro-choice people and anti-abortion people in the party. Always have been. Republican women aren’t going to believe that taxpayers should pay for their birth control pills. Republicans are Republican because they are concerned with principle, and they don’t believe in big government and making people dependent.

Democrats care a lot about what they consider “social issues” but they have seldom thought through the implications of the social issues they espouse. It’s a basic difference between the parties. Democrats march in lockstep, agreeing with each other about how smart and caring they are. Republicans can’t agree on much because they are always arguing about the details of policy, and whether they are Republican, Conservative, Libertarian, Tea Party or something else.”Independents” are merely people who have not thought politics through, and do not understand the principles held by the two parties, and the differences between them, or they would easily be able to make up their minds.

The fringe element on the left is the Occupy people, the Anarchists, the Black Bloc and the admitted Communists. On the right, it’s just people who put their pro-life beliefs above all else. They, at least, are not dangerous.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

Again, I don’t agree with your stereotypes. Many Democrats and centrists are also concerned with principle. Unfortunately, many voters — and I would guess more Democrats than Republicans — have a poor understanding of economics, markets, and the proper role of government in the economy.

But I would maintain that, among average voters, the differences by nominal party affiliation are not all that great. See, for example, the results of a recent poll on the Constitution:

I would also disagree — if you are referring to voters — that those who affiliate more with the Democratic Party are any more homogeneous in their views than are Republicans.

As for ”Independents” you are probably right that many have not thought politics through, and do not understand the principles held by the two parties, and the differences between them, or they would easily be able to make up their minds. To the extent that is true, I would think that the approach to them should be with honey and not vinegar. But not all people who call themselves ”Independents” are politically ignorant. Many are centrists who vote across party lines in an attempt to move politics and policies to the pragmatic center. There is, unfortunately, no natural home for centrists in current U.S. politics, hence the large and growing body of “independent” voters. They deserve more respect and less scorn.


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