Back when Rick Santorum was still gunning for the G.O.P presidential nomination, it looked like both the candidate and Republican party had major trouble with this nation's ladies. Santorum's screeds on abortion, rape, contraception, and combat sure did support the idea that the Right was waging a war on women.
But not-so-slick Rick stepped out of the race, making way for Mitt Romney's candidacy.
By that time, stats had already been circulating about GOP gender gaps -- more women, especially in light of attacks on reproductive health rights, began leaning left. It then seemed like pro-life Romney would further foster this shift, especially with his apparent discomfort toward working women.
Like Santorum, this attitude has definitely been reflected in polls, with Barack Obama besting Romney by 16 percent among women in some surveys.
Thing is, women's opinions might not matter all that much when it comes to Romney's overall viability.More »