Earlier this week, Obama senior campaign strategist David Axelrod threw some shade at Mitt Romney on CBS This Morning: "He must watch Mad Men and think it's the evening news … [he's] oblivious to the experiences of everyday people." This proves two things:
1. Obviously Axelrod isn't aware of the Sly & The Family Stone jam "Everyday People (Strap Their Dog to The Roof Of Their Car)."
2. Although the chiseled features and Sterling-ish bon mots are nowhere to be found, Mittens actually does have a few things in common with the Mad Men: a distrust of anything European, for one thing (a recurring negative threat: "In my view, [Obama's economic policy] takes us down a path to becoming more and more like Europe," which conveniently eschews the fact that nations like Britain slid into a recession after adopting a similar austerity agenda that Romney proposes for America, and I'm not totally sure, but I thiiiink Britain is in Europe). Like Don and co., he's also got a wife who wears deb gloves to PTA meetings and also likes to staff his social events with men who have been arrested for barbecuing dogs. Oh, wait, that's just Romney.
So, yesterday at a 600-strong Democratic women's conference (one of the first non-fundraisers of his campaign), President Obama—striking back at, among other things, a Karl Rove-backed Super PAC ad that leveled the serious allegation that he was "too cool" (no, that was literally the allegation)—continued to Draperize GOP presidential nominee Romney by saying his take on contraceptive debate was like "being in a time machine." Once again he drew attention to the discrepancy between the GOP's anti-regulation stance and their desire to regulate women's health, as well as his own continued determination to provide equal rights and freedom in health care for women; not as an interest group, but as 50% of the American workforce.
He also made a dig at the Romney campaign's use of women's health as a wedge issue and/or women themselves as an interest group by bringing up the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which, Schoolhouse Rock-style, had been sitting around as a response to a 1979 suit that the Supreme Court had deemed faulty due to the statute of limitations (frustratingly, it was 1998 by the time Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. got there). It was one of the first pieces of business Obama took care of in office, and not because he was trying to curry favor in an election:
"Something like standing up for the principle of equal pay for equal work isn't something I've got to ‘get back to you on' – it's the first law I signed."