So we’ve heard a LOT about “The Year of the Republican Woman.” Conservative gals have been saying loudly and proudly that 2010 would be their year to take the country by storm, at least when it comes to electoral politics, and show us liberal Democrats a thing or two!
Sarah Palin embraced the idea by charging around the country, endorsing mama grizzlies of the Tea Party and she’s made a few notable differences in the outcomes of some primary races.
The problem is this — it really isn’t turning out to be their year, even though many are still maintaining that’s common wisdom.
According to a study by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, more Republican women did toss their hats in the ring this year for state and federal office, but the majority of them lost their primary races. In a subsequent study, the CAWP found that even with the whole mama grizzly phenomenon (really more of a political marketing ploy than a true electoral wave), women are less likely to vote for Republican candidates in the mid-term election, regardless of the candidates’ gender.
So what happened to all these conservative Tea Party gals? They take up plenty of airtime on the shouting head shows and in the newspapers, proclaiming they’re the new wave of political power in America. But where did they all go? Many in the media seem to be ignoring their dwindling numbers and are just accepting the story the RNC is putting out there — that women are still the Republican secret weapon.
Even worse for all women is that it’s a similar story for Democratic women candidates. Pollsters are predicting that the sad numbers of women currently on Capitol Hill will drop this November, and we really don’t have numbers we can lose.
1992 was supposed to be the Year of the Woman, and that didn’t turn out so well. As the 2010 “Year of the Republican Woman” comes to a close without much success, I have to wonder — will there ever be a year that’s good for any women politically?
Update: From NPR on October 27, Electable GOP Females Lag Democratic Counterparts