Wednesday morning, Cosmopolitan magazine hailed the fact that 100 women are going to serve in Congress for the first time ever. The only problem? The magazine rooted against a fifth of them – or at least ignored them.
The fashion magazine for some reason decided to jump into politics this year and endorse candidates for the 2014 midterm elections. Surprise, surprise, all of the politicians they endorsed were pro-abortion Democrats. Here were just a few: Amanda Renteria, Jeanne Shaheen, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mary Burke, Carol Shea-Porter, Michelle Nunn, Staci Appel, and everyone’s favorite candidate, Wendy Davis.
In the House races, specifically, conservative, pro-life women had a victorious night. Here is a list of those who won, despite Cosmo’s indifference:
Martha Roby, Alabama 2nd district
Susan Brooks, Indiana 5th district
Lynn Jenkins, Kansas 2nd district
Candice Miller, Michigan 10th district
Ann Wagner, Missouri 2nd district
Vicky Hartzler, Missouri 4th district
Renee Ellmers, North Carolina 2nd district
Virginia Foxx, North Carolina 5th district
Elise Stefanik, New York 21st district
Kristi Noem, South Dakota 1st district
Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee 7th district
Kay Granger, Texas 12th district
Mia Love, Utah 4th district
Barbara Comstock, Virginia 10th district
Jaime Herrerra Beutler, Washington 3rd district
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington 5th district
Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming 1st district
Jackie Walorski, Indiana 2nd district
Diane Black, Tennessee 6th district
Republican women that ran unopposed:
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida 27th district
Altogether, 19 conservative women were elected into the House of Representatives (plus one uncontested) – and Cosmo did not support a single one of them.
It wasn’t just in the House that Cosmo ignored strong female candidates. Take a look at a few of these Senate winners that won without Cosmo’s “coveted” endorsement:
Joni Ernst, Iowa Senate (Cosmo endorsed her opponent Bruce Braley and said Ernst was a “particularly troubling candidate.”)
Shelly Capito, West Virginia Senate
Susan Collins, Maine Senate
If nothing else, the 2014 midterms proved that Cosmo was way over its head when it decided to participate in politics. Perhaps if they had championed more than abortion rights, they would have fared better.
Let's be real, Cosmo was never interested in important issues. The magazine took the election so seriously, that it sent a bus full of man candy to college students, came up with a list of why voting was “sexy,” and created a #CosmoVotes drinking game.
Despite that bus full of hunks that was supposed to drive young women to the polls, Democratic turnout in North Carolina was the lowest it’s been since 1984, as Matt points out in his post-election roundup.
Women - especially conservative women - made history Tuesday night. Cosmo made a fool of itself.