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Single Belles, Single All the Way

Basset Hound Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 8:10 PM
A lot of them DO choose their status nawlins. Some see marriage as too confining.
Texas Chris Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 2:46 PM
Few would choose to be single if the responsibility to raise and support those children fell squarely on the mother's shoulders.
nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 8:36 PM
No one argued against the fact that some choose being single. Charen attempts to insinuate that the status of being single is due to the rejection of marriage and a permanent situation, which is false
Discussing the role of single people in the election of 2012 on my weekly podcast with Jay Nordlinger "Need to Know" (available on or, your humble columnist chose the insensitive way to address it. Chatting with Jonathan V. Last of The Weekly Standard about his piece "A Nation of Singles," I popped off that "Single mothers want the state to be their husbands and father to their children."

Jonathan put it better: "Well, let's say that single mothers are more vulnerable to economic shocks and are more concerned about the safety net." Much more diplomatic. Single voters were...