Dems Wage War on GOP Woman Hoping to Land Levin's Senate Seat
Conservative George Will would beg to disagree. In April 2014 he wrote that although the GOP does have a problem getting women to vote for Republicans, Land could be the best bridge over the gender gap.
“In some recent polls she has a small lead in what may remain a close race. She has less to fear than Republicans used to have from Detroit’s Democratic vote. The city’s population has plunged from 1.8 million to 700,000, and today’s Democratic mayor wields a much diminished political machine while an emergency manager is in place,” Will wrote.
“Only 3 percent of Michiganders live in the Upper Peninsula, but in a close race they could provide the margin of victory for Land. The UP’s conservatism can be distilled in six words: ‘I’m up here. Don’t bother me.’”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee believes the Michigan Senate race is one of the critical campaigns being fought in the midterm elections and they are standing by their woman.
“Democrats have signaled that they intend to scare and divide by focusing on this so-called ‘war on women,’” said Brook Hougesen, press secretary of the NRSC. “Terri Lynn Land is someone the Democrats are afraid of because she is reaching out and connecting.”
The idea that women will vote for women, even if they are Republican women, will be put to the test in the 2014 midterm elections.
“We knew early on that the ‘war on women’ charge was going to be a big part of the Democratic playbook. It’s natural that strong female Republican candidates are well equipped to call out the absurdity of the Democratic men who claim to know and understand women better than actual women,” NRSC communications director Brad Dayspring told The Hill May 8. “Good candidates rise to the top, and we have some great women candidates.”
Land is not the only woman that Democrats will have to worry about in November. Sen. Susan Collins is expected to win re-election in Maine. The list of Republican women running for the Senate also includes primary winners Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) in West Virginia and Monica Wehby in Oregon.
And then there is Joni Ernst, a Republican in Iowa who is running an ad showing her riding a Harley and shooting a copy of Obamacare.
It was a relatively mild follow-up to her first ad in which Ernst told of how she grew up castrating hogs on her family’s farm and explaining how that would help her cut pork from federal spending.