Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Obama & Women

byJoel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer
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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to change the order in which reporters could question him today, but the press corps whacked him for passing over a scheduled question from a female journalist.
The briefing halted momentarily when someone suggested that Carney planned to "call on the boys [first]" before taking a question from CBS's Norah O'Donnell, whose turn it was to question Carney. The press corps consensus seemed to be that Carney is free to break with the standard order of taking questions from reporters, but he should do so from the outset.
"Fair enough," Carney said before returning to O'Donnell, who asked if President Obama would accept House Speaker John Boehner's demand that any debt ceiling increase be matched by equivalent cuts in spending.
Effectively, Carney said he wouldn't. "The president does not believe that the full faith and credit of the united states . . .  should be held hostage to a political ideology," Carney said.

Shock Poll: Romney now leads among women

May 15, 2012 -- 11:08 AM
Women for Romney. Ann Romney sits with an audience of women supporters during a campaign event at Exhibit Edge, a woman-owned company that makes graphic and trade show displays, May 2, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Obama’s claim that the GOP is mounting a war on women has proven to be a failure. A month into his assault on the Republicans and Mitt Romney, the new CBS-New York Times poll shows that the GOP presidential candidate now leads among women--and men.

Since April, women have gone from strongly backing Obama to endorsing Romney. In April, Obama held a 49 percent to 43 percent lead among women. That has now flipped to 46 percent backing Romney with 44 percent for Obama, an 8-point switch.

Ironically, Romney’s support among men has dropped, but he still edges Obama 45 percent to 42 percent.

And here’s a surprise: Despite the media hyping the so-called war on women, no major outlet today noticed Romney’s new lead with women voters.

“This is unbelievable,” said conservative consultant Greg Mueller. “The CBS story manages to not mention the change in women numbers,” he said, adding sarcastically. “No media bias here -- Obama is getting fluffy stories about his commencement speech to women at Barnard  -- so we better bury the reality.”


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