While members of the GOP establishment practically wrote the book on how to alienate the fiscally conservative wing of the Republican Party, they are not the only political candidates struggling in 2016 to gain the support of a voting bloc traditionally thought of as “a sure thing.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton is suffering rapid erosion of support among Democratic women — the voters long presumed to be her bedrock in her bid to become the nation’s first female president. The numbers in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll are an alarm siren: Where 71 percent of Democratic-leaning female voters said in July that they expected to vote for Clinton, only 42 percent do now, a drop of 29 percentage points in eight weeks.
What does this mean for Republicans? According to the Daily Beast:
Clinton’s slide among her core constituency hasn’t gone unnoticed by her Republican rivals. “It appears that Democratic women are starting to trend the way of the larger electorate,” said Kellyanne Conway, a longtime Republican pollster who is working for the Ted Cruz campaign this cycle. “They don’t trust her, and they don’t see her projecting confidence in herself, in them, or in the future of the country.”
Conway said that from Republicans’ perspective, Clinton would need to outperform Barack Obama’s 56% showing among women voters in 2008 in order to win a general election contest in 2016. “Knowing that women will comprise a majority of the electorate and knowing that she will under-perform among men compared to President Obama and President Clinton, she needs to get closer to 58% to 60% among women and right now she is nowhere near that.”
Hillary Clinton has a long record of shamelessly playing identity politics and pandering to specific interest groups, especially women and minorities. You know what that means…. Get ready for a desperately manufactured War on Women: 2016 Edition.