With no Successful Record to run on Team Obama ramps up War on Women, attacks Mitt Romney by Comparing him to Womanizing Don Draper

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 14th, 2012

Week in Review

You know a campaign is grasping at straws when they have to compare their rival presidential candidate to Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men.  They don’t talk about their job creation.  Or how much better off you are than you were 4 years ago.  Primarily because President Obama lost more jobs than he created.  And except for the rich and connected few are better off than they were 4 years ago.  No.  Instead, they go to Don Draper (see The Draperizing of Mitt Romney by JONATHAN MARTIN and MAGGIE HABERMAN posted 4/13/2012 on Politico).

He may not drink or cheat, and he lacks the fictional ad-maker’s charisma, but Democrats, despite the potential perils of such a strategy, remain determined to paint Romney as a throwback to the “Mad Men” era — a hopelessly retro figure who, on policy and in his personal life, is living in the past…

To be fair, Romney’s governmental record, as well as his campaign, generally reflect gender inclusion. His gubernatorial chief of staff and campaign senior adviser, Beth Myers, is female, as are his deputy campaign manager and communications director. In 2003, Romney’s first year as governor, Massachusetts ranked number one among all states for the highest ratio of women policy leaders appointed by governors, according to a 2004 study by the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society. The suggestion that Romney’s world is cloistered from women is not a fair one.

Don Draper.  The guy women want.  And the guy men want to be.  So Mitt Romney is like that guy and will take us back to the Fifties?  Interesting as Mad Men is set in the Sixties.  At the beginning of the women’s liberation movement.  For if you’re not familiar with the show here are a couple of tidbits.  Don Draper promoted the first woman to a ‘man’s job’ at his agency.  He promoted his secretary to copy editor.  And not because he was sleeping with her.  For she was one of the few women Don didn’t cheat on his wife with.  He promoted her because he saw her talent.  And in the latest season he hired the first black woman into the firm as his secretary.  When others made some snarky remarks he said with annoyance, “Come on.  She was the most qualified.”

The Democrats said the Republicans have a war on women.  And that stay-at-home moms don’t know what real work is like.  Something I think most stay-at-home moms will take issue with.  But that’s their strategy.  Because they got nothing else.  Especially a good record.  So they portray Mitt Romney as Don Draper.  The bad boy that women love.  Men want to be.  And the guy who has hired more women and minority women than any other at his make-believe firm.  Apart from the womanizing and infidelity, then, yeah, Mitt is just like Don Draper.  Successful.  Confident.  And as bad he is outside of the office he is all business inside the office.  Hiring women and minorities not because of affirmative action (which there wasn’t any back then).  But because he respected their talent.  Just like the real life Mitt Romney.  Whose record of hiring women is even better than President Obama’s.

Comparing Mitt Romney to Don Draper?  Bring it on.  Unless there is some strange plot twist in the current season, the Don Draper comparison may only make him more favorable to women.  Smart, handsome, confidant, successful, feminist – apart from the womanizing and the infidelity he’s the perfect man.  Which just happen to be the last two things you’d expect from Mitt Romney.  Making him indeed the perfect man.



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