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opinion | scot lehigh

Court women voters with facts, policy

THE GOP is making a classic male mistake. As they try to repair their party’s rocky relationship with women, Republicans are launching a charm offensive rather than addressing the issues responsible for the tensions.

Having previously suggested that radical feminists have undermined the traditional family by convincing women they should have careers, Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign yesterday, had taken to praising the strength, accomplishments, and independence of his grandmother, wife, and daughter. In an(other) awkward but well-meaning comment, Mitt Romney recently portrayed his wife, Ann, indubitably his better half when it comes to campaign-trail charisma, as his emissary to female voters.

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