You only have to spend a minute on Twitter this afternoon to see that the Left in general, and DNC leaders in particular, still do not understand women who are independent or conservative leaning. Senator Collins is being thoroughly vilified for “betraying women everywhere” because she will vote for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The reasoning from those bleating the loudest is that Collins knows Kavanaugh will vote to over-turn Roe, and that he really did assault those women, so her party-line vote is a sign that she’s no true member of the sisterhood.
Senator Collins is more typically the villain of right-leaning commentary, given that she is far more moderate on social issues and more willing to—gasp—entertain bipartisanship. Her vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation isn’t a sign that that she’s abandoning her moderate stance, or that she’s been brainwashed by the patriarchy. Senator Collins is making a decision on the vote based on the evidence and testimony she’s heard.
That’s what the left seems to miss: that female Republicans don’t decide their votes because of a manifesto handed down by the supreme sisterhood. We take each cause, issue, and candidate individually, judge them on their merits, and make the decision that is best for us personally.
A great many Republican women did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. I was, vocally, one of them. Family members and close friends kept their votes secret from a larger audience but privately expressed to me their horror at his nomination and then election. The DNC think they can translate voters like me into electoral wins in the midterms. But, by demanding allegiance to the pro-abortion agenda and the narrative that a white conservative man must be a vile attempted-rapist just because he’s been accused of being one, the DNC has actually driven conservative and independent-leaning voters back to the GOP. For the most part, there being exceptions in certain races, Republican Congressional candidates do not have Trump’s record of personal moral failings. Their stances on national security, trade negotiations, taxes, education, and, yes, abortion, are far more important to us than whether or not they once shook Donald Trump’s hand. For those up for re-election, we care far more about their votes than their status in in the resistance.
We didn’t vote for Trump because we disliked him personally and didn’t believe his stances on the issues (those few that were coherently stated). The individuals running in state and local elections this November are not Trump clones and we won’t be bullied into tarring every person with an R beside his, or her, name with the brush of Trumpisim. We’re adult women making decisions we feel best serve ourselves and our families. Our freedom to make that choice, to do what Senator Collins has done, is vital to us. Until the DNC understands that, they will continue to lose our votes.