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...
Great example of generalization. "Single mothers want the state to be their husbands and father to their children." Really? ALL of them? While it's not a scientific poll, a significant number of married people I know have similar desires of "free stuff" from the State. Then Charen insinuates that single people chose this status, without the consideration that many were married and are currently divorced, with possibility of future marriage. Poor reasoning skills.
Discussing the role of single people in the election of 2012 on my weekly podcast with Jay Nordlinger "Need to Know" (available on Ricochet.com or Nationalreview.com), 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."
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