Marybeth Hicks

The fact that this political straw man has measurably swayed female voters is actually more embarrassing to conservative women than is the fact that our prospective candidates have been coerced into a debate whose irrelevancy is only superseded by its deceit.

Meanwhile, rolling out a masterful strategy to up the ante, the Obama administration last week hosted a forum on women and the economy, simultaneously (and disingenuously) claiming “women are not an interest group” while presenting the party line on subjects such as women’s health care, violence against women and girls, women in the workforce, education, and women and entrepreneurship.

Yet it is the very definition of hypocrisy to tout Democratic solutions to the economy as being in the best interests of women. Posing as the ultimate government sugar daddy, Mr. Obama continues to promote the false security of big-government programs to respond to women’s special concerns. (Note that he did this while making a quaint, sexist joke about how long it takes women to “settle down.” And the ladies all laughed because, well, he’s Barack Obama.)

Conservative women don’t want a government sugar daddy.

We want the debt reduced and real spending cut — just as we’re doing in our homes. We want jobs for ourselves and our families.

We’re concerned about energy independence, overregulation, national security and upholding our tradition of religious liberty.

We’re not so easily manipulated that you can shove us into a voting bloc, pat us on the head and consider us placated.

Some of us have come a lot farther than that.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).