There’s an old saying that claims you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. After hearing Scott Walkers ideas on how the GOP can make gains in the upcoming 2016 election, that saying seems to be ringing true once again.
Analysts have marveled at Walker’s willingness to alienate female voters with his ugly embrace of a 20-week abortion ban that includes no exceptions for rape or incest. But I think he revealed his strategy to deal with the gender gap in his race with Burke last year: He thinks he can drive up the male vote with tone-deaf attacks on abortion and pay equity.
Asked about Burke’s strong support among women, he turned it around and claimed that the real problem was Burke’s unpopularity with male voters: “[T]he bigger trend is not if I have a gender question, it’s actually that she’s off the chart from where a Democrat normally is, gender-wise, with male voters as opposed to female.” In the end, Burke’s margin with female voters wasn’t enough to beat Walker in Wisconsin.
Walker apparently thinks this will work against Hillary. Considering his Talibanistic remarks recently on mandatory ultrasounds, it’s almost like he’s trying to drive women away in droves.
“Most people I talked to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time that pull out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids’ ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing. I think about my sons are 19 and 20, we still have their first ultrasounds. It’s just a cool thing out there,” Walker said back in May.
Oh, and then there was that time he equated the issue of women’s pay equity with welfare, saying the Democrats’ focus in the issue is an example of how their “measure of success in government is how many people are dependent on the government, how many people are dependent, on whether it’s Medicaid or food stamps or health care or other things out there.”