It is an Obama administration reelection strategy and Cathy McMorris Rodgers calls them on it in an interview with Roll Call:
“I feel compelled and I know other Republican women feel compelled to really expose the myth that there’s a war on women,” said McMorris Rodgers, a member of House Republican leadership. “It’s an effort to drive a political wedge in an election year.”
McMorris Rodgers dismissed Democratic attacks over issues like contraception or the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
“They are creating these distractions because they can’t run on their own record,” she said. “There is no disagreement over reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. We are going to move forward in a bipartisan fashion like we always have. … It’s a nonissue. The real issues are the ones that relate to health care and the economy and jobs and the debt, the terrible debt that this president is leaving for our children and grandchildren.”
And she said Democrats can’t assume women will be with them in the end.
“The women of this country voted Republican in 2010,” McMorris Rodgers said. “It could be argued that the women actually unelected the first woman Speaker of the House. They didn’t like the direction that the country was taking.”