"Women Key To Hold On Democratic Senate" May 07, 2012|Bobby Caina Calvan, Globe Staff
- Democrats, as they aggressively seek to turn women’s concerns into a
rallying call of the presidential election, are leaning heavily on
female candidates to retain control of the Senate.
Massachusetts to Hawaii, a record number of Democratic women - six
incumbents and at least five challengers - are running for seats this
year. That eclipses 1992’s vaunted “Year of the Woman,’’ when 10 women
sought entry into the country’s most exclusive political chamber.
race in Massachusetts pitting Senator Scott Brown, a Republican,
against his presumed Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, has captured
the most headlines nationwide, but others could be just as crucial for
Democrats have the most
to lose this fall - because they must defend 23 of the 33 Senate seats
up for election. Democrats now rule the Senate by a razor-thin margin,
51-47, with two independents caucusing with the party.
ago, even some Democrats openly worried about holding on to the Senate.
But their chances have brightened because of unforeseen challenges
within the GOP, including the retirement of Olympia Snowe of Maine.
Another potential blow to Republicans could come Tuesday in Indiana if
Richard Lugar, a Republican stalwart, loses the GOP primary to a Tea
Party movement candidate, providing an unexpected opening for a
Democratic challenge. Even Arizona, once considered a solidly Republican
state, could now be in play, according to polls showing Richard
Carmona, former surgeon general and the presumed Democratic candidate,
within strike of his potential GOP opponents for a seat of retiring
Republican Senator Jon Kyl....
There once was a day when I actually felt it mattered which party sat in which chair, but that seems so long ago now.
in the Senate have been populating the chamber’s calendar
with highly choreographed votes on women’s issues, seeking to take
advantage of a perceived gender gap and depict Republicans as out of
How does it feel to be a political pawn during the political process only to have your concerns forgotten after the vote, ladies? When your anger subsides a bit you can come join the rest of the American people in the pool of discontent and disconnect.
Later this month, another partisan Senate debate is
expected to erupt, this time over a bill that seeks to address wage gaps
between men and women. The chamber’s women will be front and center in
that discussion - as they have been during recent flare-ups over birth
control, domestic violence, and health care.
a very cynical and manufactured narrative by national Democrats,’’ said
Brian Walsh, communications director for the Republican Senatorial
Campaign Committee, a fund-raising arm. “They have made the political
calculation that scaring women is the path to victory in November,
rather than running on their record… .
“It’s notable that they’re
trying to inject contraception into the national discussion, but they’re
not talking about $4 gas prices, 8 percent unemployment,’’ Walsh said.
He has a point, but somehow the narrative is shifted when Democrats resort to scare tactics. Then it becomes saving us.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't a screed for Repuglican rule. Ron Paulers are not really welcome, even if we are the majority of the party. My point is that this left-right, Democrat-Republican characterization and paradigm continues to serve the narratives of those in positions of power and control.
the presidential race, presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney has his
own plan to attract female voters: portray President Obama’s handling of
the economy as particularly damaging to women.
sides agree the economy is the core issue of the election. Yet, in the
toss-up races for the Senate, social issues could be pivotal for female
That is one thing I'm sick of seeing. Be it race, gender, or sexual preference, those are NOT the ISSUES upon which I WILL BE DECIDING MY VOTE!
I have two conditions for federal office: will the candidate stand up for the American people against Wall Street and AIPAC?