Obama’s man gap
What do men want?
That’s a question nobody’s asking, least of all anyone in the Obama campaign. Unless you’re a gay man, or a male union member with a picket sign, Obama’s got nothing for you.
In an administration and campaign built on pandering to a disparate collection of narrow constituencies, men just don’t elicit much attention.
For the environmentalists there’s been green energy boondoggles and opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.
For the radical feminists and secularists, there’s been Obamacare and the HHS contraceptive mandate.
For the race-baiters, there’s been the Department of Justice’s jihad against voter ID laws, particularly in Texas and South Carolina.
For Hispanics, there’s the promise of immigration amnesty, partially fulfilled last week with its promise to grant amnesty to younger illegal immigrants.
For college students, there have been promises of a free education.
But for ordinary, God-fearing, America-loving men who don’t have mountains of student loan debt, Obama’s got nothing. This is a group he can expect to lose in November.
Obama won female voters by 13 points in 2008. He edged John McCain among men by just one point.
After the Wisconsin recall election, a Rasmussen poll showed men disapprove of Obama’s job performance by 22 points, while women approve by seven points.
The latest WSJ/NBC poll has Obama’s approval/disapproval among men at 44/50. It also showed Obama losing to Romney among men, 49% to 40 percent. POLITICO’s battleground poll of key swing states gives Romney a statistically significant 7-point lead among men.
More than one pundit has dubbed Obama America’s first female president. After all, Obama beat the first serious female presidential candidate in history then defeated a ticket that included only the second female vice presidential candidate.
Obama is clearly more comfortable around the fairer sex. “I like hangin’ out with women. What can I tell you?” Obama said in May as he greeted the women of The View—his fourth appearance on the show.
Later that day at Barnard College, an elite women’s school, he said, “Congress would get a lot more done” if more women were there. He predicted that women are “poised to make this the century where women shape not only their own destiny but the destiny of this nation and of this world.”
Since finally acknowledging his support for same-sex marriage, Obama has gotten the unequivocal support of the gay rights lobby, including millions in campaign contributions. He’s even got “Obama Boy,” a man who’s made an online video telling of his crush on Obama, his “rainbow colored knight.”
None of this will help the president with straight men, however.
There have just been too many fancy events with Hollywood celebrities and deep-pocketed gay and lesbian activists.
There has been too much bowing to foreign kings and too much fruitless “outreach” to foreign dictators.
And there’s been too much self-congratulation on the few things he’s gotten right, such as the bin Laden assassination.
Serving and former U.S. Navy SEALs criticized Obama for taking so much credit for the killing and exploiting it for his re-election campaign.
“The decision was a no brainer,” Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the U.S. Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, told the U.K.’s Daily Mail. “He is justified in saying it was his decision but the preparation, the sacrifice – it was a broader team effort.”
A serving SEAL Team member said: “Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. ..But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, ‘Come on, man!’ It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.”
What do men want? They want fiscal responsibility. They want decisive leadership. They want foreign policy resolve. Most of all, they want jobs. According to one poll, one in four men think the economy is improving. The rest know it’s not.
The unemployment rate among men is higher than among women. It’s well into double digits for Hispanic and black men. The biggest jump in joblessness in May occurred among black men, who saw their unemployment rate soar to 14.2 percent.
First there was the “man-cession,” in which men lost more jobs than women. Then there was the “she-covery,” in which many of the jobs that did come back went to women. Men have been emasculated in the age of Obama.
Men are less likely to graduate from college than women, less likely to vote, and some studies even show that men earn less money than women for equal work in certain professions. And it’s all happening on Obama’s watch.
What do men want? Here’s a better question is: What don’t men want?
The answer: shameless pandering, empty gestures or four more years of Barack Obama.