Well here’s one that absolutely stunned me. You might remember during the 2008 presidential campaign, no network was more notorious for being in the tank for Obama than CNN. Perhaps that’s not fair. MSNBC was obviously part of his campaign structure, but I just even count them as being a legitimate network. CNN at least attempts to maintain this façade of being unbiased. Absurd.
In 2008 it was CNN that boasted Anderson Cooper and his embarrassing dismissal of the Jeremiah Wright controversy no less than 15 times in one short segment. It was CNN that was mercilessly mocked by Saturday Night Live for being so in love with Obama – to the point that Hillary Clinton even gave them a hat tip in the midst of a debate with The Chosen One. And it was CNN that had Campbell Brown cheerfully playing the same, “No Obama Controversial Relationship Mentioned Here” game, while at the same time going overboard to cover hard-hitting news stories like Sarah Palin’s wardrobe.
So imagine my surprise when I saw an absolutely incredibly honest piece from Brown that appeared in the New York Times over the weekend. Brown was hammering Obama for his condescending attitude towards women. Behold, and be equally amazed:
WHEN I listen to President Obama speak to and about women, he sometimes sounds too paternalistic for my taste. In numerous appearances over the years — most recently at the Barnard graduation — he has made reference to how women are smarter than men. It’s all so tired, the kind of fake praise showered upon those one views as easy to impress.…
Some women are smarter than men and some aren’t. But to suggest to women that they deserve dominance instead of equality is at best a cheap applause line.
Holy cow. No wonder she left CNN. Brown has just committed what Rush Limbaugh sometimes calls a “random act of journalism.” It’s honest and it’s exactly right. Some women are smarter than men, some aren’t. The ones that are deserve positions of authority not simply because they are women, but because they have worked hard and have achieved it. I hate to tell Ms. Brown this, but that’s exactly what conservatives have been saying, arguing and promoting for decades.
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Then why aren’t the conservatives known as the feminists? Because feminism has been hijacked by a group of liberals who redefine the word to mean “supports abortion.” Brown continued, unleashing an arrow aimed at the heart of Obama’s ridiculous socialist propaganda web piece on the “Life of Julia”:
The women I know who are struggling in this economy couldn’t be further from the fictional character of Julia, presented in Mr. Obama’s Web ad, “The Life of Julia,” a silly and embarrassing caricature based on the assumption that women look to government at every meaningful phase of their lives for help.
At this point of the article, I was on my feet. My stunned feet, but my feet no less. She then brought the hammer down at the end, calling out The Chosen One for what he – no one else – has made of his presidency:
The struggling women in my life all laughed when I asked them if contraception or abortion rights would be a major factor in their decision about this election. For them, and for most other women, the economy overwhelms everything else.
[T]he promise of [Obama's] campaign four years ago has given way to something else — a failure to connect with tens of millions of Americans, many of them women, who feel economic opportunity is gone and are losing hope. In an effort to win them back, Mr. Obama is trying too hard. He’s employing a tone that can come across as grating and even condescending. He really ought to drop it. Most women don’t want to be patted on the head or treated as wards of the state. They simply want to be given a chance to succeed based on their talent and skills.
Indeed, and this is likely why a new CBS News/New York Times poll found women now favoring Romney over Obama.
If you were looking for evidence that Obama and the left had utterly failed in their attempt to hit Republicans for a “War on Women,” and that the attempt had, in fact, backfired, you just read it.