Thanks to Rick Santorum taking the Left’s bait and crusading against birth control, the GOP was tagged as having a war on women. Polls show this was hurting Republican chances in the fall, but now the tide has turned. Hillary Rosen’s comments attacking Ann Romney for choosing to raise her kids instead of working showed the Left’s true anti-family agenda. These comments struck a cord with people and has created a backlash. With the exception of Charles Johnson, most Progressives including Hillary Rosen herself have distanced themselves from these comments. But the damage has been done and the war on women narrative has changed.
Democrats played defense Thursday, after an unforced error by veteran Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen criticizing stay-at-home mom Ann Romney allowed Republicans to turn the tables at a time when their likely standard-bearer is scrambling to close a massive gender gap.
Rosen eventually apologized, but not before Romney was handed a a life preserver, if only a temporary one, on an issue related to women — a set of concerns that caused him to tack right in the hard-fought Republican primary.
[....]At a minimum, Romney’s campaign was able to change the narrative for 24 hours and try to erode some of the large deficit it is facing against President Barack Obama with women voters. White House press secretary Jay Carney was peppered with questions about the flap at a news briefing. And it knocked Team Obama off message on the sixth anniversary of the signing of Romney’s Massachusetts health-care law, a date it had hoped to highlight to great effect.
It also prompted conservatives to rally behind an all-but-assured GOP nominee about whom they continue to have misgivings
I hope Republicans don’t botch this like they did the war on religion.