A partial transcript from November 7.
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The public also saw politics in the controversy. In March, a public opinion poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that half of respondents said they believed the mandate debate was “mostly being driven by election-year politics.”
Many Democratic strategists failed to understand that the idea that women don’t have access to or can’t afford birth control just didn’t measure up with reality of a society swamped with free and cheap contraceptives.
But President Obama inexplicably continued to make the false allegation. In mid-October, he told a crowd at a campaign event at George Mason University, “I don’t think a college student in Fairfax should have to choose between text books or the preventive care that she needs.”
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So, Jake, if I may interrupt, why the obsession with abortion and contraceptives?
JAKE TAPPER: That’s a good question, George. These scare tactics certainly brought in a lot of money to abortion groups and energized their base. But Democrats seemed oblivious to polls that found abortion and birth control ranked last among issues most voters cared about.
A Pew Research poll found abortion and birth control ranked next to last on a list of 18 voter priorities.
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that less than one percent of respondents mentioned women’s health or birth control as top election issues.
In the closing weeks of the campaign, Fluke and Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards were campaigning full time on behalf of Obama but drawing sparse crowds. One event with Fluke drew just 10 people.
By mid-October polls began to show that the scare tactics just weren’t working. The 20-point lead Obama enjoyed among women for much of the campaign quickly evaporated and polls began to show the race a dead heat.
Exit polls from yesterday showed Romney won among women because women cared about the same issues as men, most of all the economy. That spelled defeat for a president whose term saw the number of unemployed women rise by 450,000 and the poverty rate for women rise higher than at any time in 17 years.
Romney, meanwhile, kept his attention on the economy. But he was careful not to back off his pro-life position. A key part of Romney’s pitch was that he would repeal Obamacare, including its contraceptive and abortion mandate. And only a few weeks ago, the president-elect reiterated his pledge to defund Planned Parenthood “immediately” upon entering office.
Robin and George, the Democrats’ scare tactics on women’s issues will be looked back on by political historians as one of the biggest strategic blunders in recent American political history.
Yes, the Democrats became defined by their preoccupation with abortion and birth control, and they paid a high political price for it. Some Democrats are already suggesting that the party enter a period of soul-searching about the wisdom of taking a position on abortion that’s increasingly out of step with the electorate.
Back to you in New York.
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H/T to National Review Online