President Obama earlier today held a conference call to promote the latest Democratic initiative--the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act. "If Congress passes the Paycheck Fairness Act, women are going to have access to more tools to claim equal pay for equal work," Obama promised. "If they don't, if Congress doesn’t act, then women are still going to have difficulty enforcing and pressing for this basic principle."
The president's latest push for this women's issue comes at a time when he's losing support among women voters. As a recent New York Times/CBS poll finds, Obama gets 44 percent of the support from registered women voters, while Republican Mitt Romney has the slight edge with 46 percent.
The latest numbers indicate that Obama's support is sliding, compared to the April numbers, from the same poll, that showed him with a comfortable edge among registered women voters (49 percent to Obama, and 43 percent to Romney).
The Paycheck Fairness Act is being pushed to address the women's support issue, a senior Republican Senate aide tells me. But, he claims, it's having the opposite effect.
“It’s because of patronizing and paternalistic gimmicks like this that Obama’s numbers among women have been falling like an Acapulco cliff diver over the past several weeks," a senior Republican Senate aide tells me.
Further proof is that President Obama claimed to have solved the very problem this bill is meant to address immediately after becoming president with the Lilly Ledbetter Act.
“We passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- the first bill I signed -- so that equal pay for equal work is a reality all across this country," Obama said.
And if "equal pay for equal work is a reality all across this country," as Obama has claimed, then this bill is not meant to address this issue--but, rather, the issue of his sliding support among women voters.