Rest easy, we apparently wont be seeing a Romney-Haley ticket this year.
Gov. Nikki Haley recently avowed that she would decline any offer to be Republican Mitt Romneys vice-presidential nominee or, for that matter, to serve in any other capacity in his administration.
If offered any position by Gov. Romney, I would say no, she said The people of South Carolina gave me a chance. I have a job to do and Im not going to leave my job for anything.
Of course, the Shermanesque refusal to accept the veep offer might have been unnecessary. Romney might not have been planning to make the offer in the first place.
If his team was watching The View Tuesday, it surely would have raised doubts about Haleys ability to deliver the womens vote if she were on the ticket.
Haley was on the show to plug her new autobiography, Cant Is Not An Option. After a few softball questions from the four hosts, Haley was asked about her views on womens rights.
Inexplicably, Haley volunteered: Women dont care about contraception. They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families ...
At that point she was cut off by Joy Behar, one of the hosts, who said, Well, they care about contraception, too. Behar then alluded to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorums public disdain for birth control when it conflicts with religious values.
Well, the media cares about contraception, Haley countered, While we care about contraception, lets be clear: All were saying is, we dont want government to mandate when we have to have it and when we dont. We want to be able to make that decision. We dont need government making that decision for us.
Huh? Thats exactly backwards from what has occurred in the recent brouhaha over providing free contraceptives to women.
The uproar started because new rules in the Affordable Health Care Act Obamacare to its detractors require most employers to provide free contraceptives to employees through company health plans. While churches and religious institutions would be exempt, church-affiliated organizations such as hospitals and schools would have to allow employees to get contraceptives from insurers that cover the organizations health care.
In other words, government isnt trying to mandate when women can have contraception or when they cont. Obamacare is trying to ensure that women can get free contraceptives whenever they need them.
Whos making that decision? Women, not the government.
Blasting the federal government is Haleys default argument for just about anything that is, when shes not blasting the media. But her argument in this case is preposterous; it just makes no sense.
Also, its worth noting that if women care about jobs and raising their families, theyre also likely to care about family planning. Career women, such as Haley, dont necessarily want to be getting pregnant every year.
The unwillingness of Haley and other Republicans to acknowledge the importance of contraception to female voters and the failure to recognize their distaste for a host of state bills requiring unnecessary and often invasive medical procedures before qualifying to get an abortion have hurt the party. Thats the case in the presidential race and probably in other races, as well.
According to the latest Gallup Poll, President Obama now has a 19-point lead over Romney among all female voters, up from 12 points before the GOPs so-called war on women heated up. Obama holds a two-to-one lead among women under 50.
And, not surprisingly, one quarter of women polled said the issue of birth control is extremely important to their vote.
Gov. Haley, apparently some women do care about contraception. A lot.