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Madeleine Albright ‘can’t understand’ why Romney has any female supporters

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright confessed that she ‘can’t understand why any woman would vote for Mitt Romney,” despite the millions of women who intend to do just that in November.

“I can’t understand why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney, except maybe Mrs. Romney,” Albright, who served under Bill Clinton, told The Huffington Post. She recognized her bias as a Democrat, but also suggested that Romney had “become captive to a party that does in fact think that women should not have voices,” because the Republican Party adopted a platform opposing abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

Albright seems to think that all women speak with her voice. President Obama certainly enjoys an advantage over Mitt Romney among female voters nationwide, but by now she should have heard (or heard of) the voices of the millions of conservative women — especially the pro-life kind — who support Romney over the president.

A columnist for The Nation, a far-left magazine, tried to acknowledge that “there is no monolithic voting bloc called ‘women’ [because] femaleness, like maleness, is cross-cut with race, education, class, income, ethnicity, religion, marital status, even geography” — after all, 51 percent of white women, for instance, plan to vote for Romney — but then proceeded to wonder if women who hold different political views display an abuse-victim kind of pathology.

“What’s the matter with them? Do they have Stockholm syndrome?” The Nation’s Katha Pollitt wrote last week.

They don’t have Stockholm Syndrome, they just think differently than their presumed leaders about important issues and they vote for politicians who will listen to them on those issues.

In fact, Pollitt noted polling in the swing-state of Virginia that might show a trend against liberals on the very important issue of abortion.

“[Twenty-one] percent of [Virginia women] in a just-issued Public Policy Polling survey say they ‘strongly’ agree that abortion should be banned even in cases of rape and incest,” Pollitt observed, before adding that, “(For women 18 to 29, it’s 32 percent.)”

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