It’s little secret that Georgia Democrats are looking to women – specifically women in the Atlanta suburbs who are currently voting Republican – in order to help return them to a competitive position statewide. The “War on Women” meme worked well for them during the 2012 cycle, as too many members of the GOP were willing to play along.
When it comes to actual records of personal conduct in office, there remains a double standard. There is no way Bob Filner would have lasted as long in office nor had the outcry been relatively muted had he been a Republican. National media would be casting the comeback stories of Elliott Spitzer and Anthony Weiner in a different light were they also Republican.
And so, despite his repetitive predatory nature, Anthony Weiner can be celebrated as a good public servant because he promises to govern the way those who would wage the war on women would want him to vote. And he has some local supporters, such as Ambassador Gordon Giffin, who has tossed $1,000 Weiner’s way.
Why is this relevant? Because Giffin is also the man who is Chairman of Michelle Nunn’s campaign.
Democrats are enjoying the possibility of running a new “War on Women” campaign, salivating at the prospect that the GOP will pick someone too far to the right and/or prone to pull a “Todd Aiken”. That’s all fair in politics and the way the game is played.
But if the person who will position herself as the standard bearer for this fight chooses a person to head her campaign who is also willing to fund Anthony Weiner’s attempt to be New York City’s mayor, then accept this meme for what it is – a cynical ploy to manufacture votes without basis in a moral foundation.