Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation this morning Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), now a Romney surrogate, did her best to argue that the presumed GOP nominee will reverse current trends and win among women voters in November. But as with many of her best attempts, the argument relied on fabricated information:
BACHMANN: Actually, if you look at the 2010 elections, women went Republican. They didn’t go Democrat, and they will this time as well, because women are more concerned about the economy and jobs for themselves, for their husbands, for their children, and that’s not happened because obama’s broken his promises. [...]
And it was women who overwhelmingly went Republican and threw out a woman speaker [Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)]. I think this time again what women want, Bob, is they want competence, and, unfortunately, with all due respect to the president, he’s not competent to deal with the economy. Mitt Romney is competent in spades. That’s what women are going to be looking for.
2010 was a banner year for the GOP and every voting block went more Republican it had in the previous election, but she’s still wrong. In fact, exit polls shows that Democrats and Republicans tied among women in the midterm election that year, each capturing 49 percent of the vote. It was a major improvement for Republicans among women, who lost that demographic by 13 points in the 2008 presidential race, and their best performance among women since 1982 — but hardly an “overwhelming” win.
Romney, meanwhile, has faced a yawning and consistent gender gap. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed President Obama up 12 points over the Republican, 53 to 41 percent. Romney himself has acknowledged the difficulty of closing the gender gap, and his surrogate and key adviser Kerry Healey, who served as lieutenant governor under Romney, told Newsmax, “there’s always going to be a gender gap between Republicans and Democrats.”