Salena Zito

Although Democrats recovered with women in 2006 and 2008, a closer look suggests that women in those years simply followed the same political trends as other groups – namely, men and independents, who moved away from Republicans in both elections.

“Looking around at the larger numbers of conservative candidates in both 2010 and 2012, there can be no doubt that Palin's vice-presidential nomination energized women, who had not felt they had much voice prior to her candidacy,” said Brown.

The 2010 midterm election, which sent House Democrats packing, suggests women are nearly as concerned as men about the nation’s financial situation.

President Barack Obama won women voters by 13 percent over John McCain in 2008; his policies were rejected soundly two years later, when the female vote was back to 2004 numbers.

“In short, women are up for grabs for both parties, and this is as it should be,” said Brown. “When you make up over 50 percent of the electorate, it seems foolish to think that they would all hold the same opinions and vote in the same way.”

After all, no one believes Keith Olbermann and Rush Limbaugh think alike because they are white men.

A special-election House race in Western New York this Tuesday is receiving much media attention. The frenzy is not because the race is between two qualified women, Republican Jane Corwin and Democrat Kathy Hochul; this is the first House election since Republicans took over the House, and many in the media are looking to write about an upset in a conservative district.

More frenzy centers on thrice-defeated, 78-year-old Democrat candidate Jack Davis, who is suspiciously running on the Tea Party line.

Refreshingly, it all has nothing to do with bad pantsuits or one of them looking too pretty.


Salena Zito

Salena Zito is a political analyst, reporter and columnist.