Mona Charen

Dear President Obama,

As a certifiable member of the female sex, I want to thank you for preventing the Republican Party from conducting a "war on women."

Some cynics might say that you were worried about women's declining support for Democrats. While 56 percent of women voted Democrat in 2008, only 48 percent did so in 2010. And while the percentage of women with a favorable view of your leadership has been climbing back up recently (women seem more willing than men to give you credit for improving economic numbers), you need a really lopsided proportion of the women's vote to compensate for your weakness among men. A February Quinnipiac poll, for example, found that white men disapproved of the way you are handling your job by a two to one margin.

Still, women were 53 percent of the electorate in 2010, and while I'm sure you weren't thinking of that, if a significant percentage can be persuaded that the Republicans wish them harm -- isn't that what wars do? -- you can continue to live in public housing for another four years.

I really appreciate your insisting that insurance companies and employers provide me with free birth control without regard to my ability to pay. Giving away free stuff to the middle class has worked so well in other areas of our national life. Just look at how well Medicare is working. And Social Security. And the auto bailouts. And your recently announced plan to help speculators who bought second, third or fourth homes with the hope of flipping them. Is this what you meant when you promised that Obamacare would reduce medical spending in the United States? I ask because it's going to cost more to provide all these "free" services to millions of women. Well, I guess we can think about that tomorrow, like Scarlett O'Hara.

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
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