September 14, 2004

'Cus Chicks Dig It

John Kerry’s gender gaffe

Talking about how Kerry no longer has a lock on the female vote, and why women love the President:

.... I’m thinking that Bush has developed some qualities that Ronald Reagan once used to garner strong female support. These characteristics were eloquently outlined last June by Michelle Easton of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute in an editorial tribute titled “Why Women Loved Reagan.” Easton identifies three key factors:

First, she pointed to Reagan’s appointment of women to high-level positions.

Similarly, George Bush has given top assignments to such likable and visible women as Condoleezza Rice, Karen Hughes, Christine Todd Whitman and Elaine Chao. We saw many of these women in prominent roles during the convention.

Second, Easton cited Reagan’s respectful and loving relationship with his wife Nancy. The incumbent first couple exhibits some of the same chemistry. Laura Bush made her presence particularly felt during August, when Kerry was losing ground to her husband.

I did a check of the Factiva.com news database and found that in July there were 1,024 articles about Laura Bush. But in August, there were more than twice that number, 2,128. With Laura Bush’s favorable rating at 66 percent in both July and August, according to the ABC/Washington Post polls, that doubling of the coverage of Laura Bush paid huge poll dividends for her husband.

Finally, Easton said, “Reagan made women laugh — often by laughing at himself.” In the past month, we have seen more Bush humor, especially of the self-deprecating kind.

Over and over, I have heard ordinary people repeat his line from the GOP convention: “I knew I had problems with the English language when Arnold Schwarzenegger started correcting me.”

Like Laura Bush, women everywhere are finding reasons to love George Bush.

Posted by Ithildin at September 14, 2004 4:42 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

“I knew I had problems with the English language when Arnold Schwarzenegger started correcting me.”

I hadn't heard that line before, but it's funny!

Posted by: Easycure at September 15, 2004 7:50 AM

Tee-hee...that was one of the lines I loved best from President Bush's speech at the RNC. :-)

Posted by: Princess Jami at September 16, 2004 1:59 PM