In their neverending quest to alienate the lady voters of America, Romney's campaign took another giant (mis)step toward accomplishing the goal of having only one woman cast her vote for Mitt in November. (Ann Romney is nothing if not loyal to dear Mittens.) Romney's senior campaign advisor Eric Fehrnstrom was on ABC's This Week and during a roundtable on the fabled "women's vote" he said something which many women may find objectionable... It came after George Stephanopoulos read this quote from Obama advisor David Plouffe in which he said they planned to point out what the effect of a Romney presidency would be on social issues:
Potentially abortion will be criminalized. Women will be denied contraceptive services. He's far right on immigration. He supports efforts to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.
Those all sound like pretty serious issues that we vagina-havers might care deeply about since they, oh, affect our everyday lives. But silly us—why are we always being so SILLY?—we forgot that these aren't actually real issues. At least they're not if you believe Romney's main man Fehrnstrom who responded to Plouffe's quote with this:
Good luck with that. Mitt Romney is pro-life. He'll govern as a pro-life president, but you're going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people's attention from the Obama performance on the economy. This is not a social issue election.
SHINY OBJECTS. Are you f-ing kidding, dude? That is so super smart of you guys to try to win women over by deriding the issues that many of them care deeply about—and not just liberals, mind you—and claiming they're nothing but a distraction. Also, did the part of your circuitboard that tracks short term memories accidentally erase the past six or so months when all the GOP presidential candidates could talk about was social issues? Looks like it's time to backup your system, RomneyTron. Anyway, Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter did a pretty good job of taking Fehrnstrom down, but let's hope Mitt spent his Sunday night frantically quizzing Ann about how you translate this into Ladyese: "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to suggest that your concerns mean nothing to me. I only meant to say that you mean nothing to me."