Senate majority leader Harry Reid used Twitter today to demagogue Republicans for not supporting the Democrats' latest initiative, the Paycheck Fairness Act:
Republicans are poised to send the message to little girls that their work is less valuable because they happened to be born female
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 4, 2012
In other words, because Republicans are not likely to support the Paycheck Fairness Act--they plan to vote on the bill tomorrow--Reid, a Democrat, would have you believe that Republicans are against women.
Reid's comments come years after President Barack Obama and many Democrats already claimed victory on this issue 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, praising himself and his colleagues. "We are very proud of legislation we have passed … to guarantee gender pay equity with the Lilly Ledbetter law," Democratic senator Ben Cardin said, offering himself and Democrats more praise. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, also a Democrat, likewise offered congratulations to herself: "I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far… the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which ensures that all Americans are paid the same regardless of age, gender, race, or ethnicity."
The Lilly Ledbetter Act was the first bill President Obama signed into law.
Moreover, this latest push for women voters comes just as President Obama's support from women is slipping. Republican Mitt Romney received 46 percent of support in a recent poll of registered women voters, while Obama only received 44 percent. (The same poll, taken the month before, showed Obama with a 6-point edge, 49 percent-43 percent.)