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The secret of the Democrats’ success with women


We may not know the outcome of the battle for the Supreme Court, but one thing’s for certain: this entire fiasco has driven men and women even further apart than they already are. Yes, there’s a huge divide between Republicans and Democrats over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. But the greatest chasm is between the sexes.

According to Bloomberg, a Pew Research Center poll taken September 18-24 found Democrats with a 10-point lead ‘thanks to a striking 23-point advantage among women – men preferred Republicans by 3 points. An NBC/Marist poll taken September 22-24 found Democrats with a 7-point lead overall, powered by a 13-point lead among women, whereas men split with 44 per cent preferring each party’.

As Republican pollster Frank Luntz said, ‘[The November 6 election] is going to be the largest gender gap in modern American history.’

What is it about Democrats that make them so successful with women? Simply put, they’re masterful at appealing to women’s emotions. Democrats know, even though they’d never say it, that women are more emotional than men. And they use it every chance they get.

That’s blasphemous, I know. We’re not supposed to say that women are more emotional than men, even though any thinking person knows it’s true. And if there’s one thing this Senate confirmation process has been, it’s emotional.

That there are gaping holes in Ms Ford’s testimony, that there is zero corroborating evidence for her claims, that in fact the witnesses Ford have named denied any knowledge of her allegations, that investigative counsel Rachel Mitchell provided an exhaustive explanation for the discrepancies in Ford’s testimony, should be enough to cause anyone pause.

And yet Democrats will win over women by appealing to their emotions and drowning out all sense of reason.

Some men will even fall for this tactic – look at Republican Jeff Flake. It was a Democrat who won Flake over by browbeating him with her personal story until he caved. By appealing to his emotions until he allowed his heart to overrule his head.

The irony is Ford’s testimony wasn’t nearly as emotional as Kavanaugh’s. His was downright heart-wrenching. He talked about his parents and his upbringing, but we know nothing about Ford’s. He talked about his two children, but Ford didn’t mention hers at all. He shed genuine tears, but Ford shed none.

In fact, everything about Ford’s testimony reeked of insincerity. (Although for the record, I don’t believe Ford is lying: I think she believes what she says.) And the reason I’ll get flak for saying that is because Christine Ford is a woman. As such, she is above reproach.

When women speak, we’re not to question them. We’re especially not allowed to think women can lie. When it comes to women, men and sex, the guilty party is never a woman. It is always a man.

In the meantime, a perfectly good man has been broken. His ‘reputation, the peace of his family, his hopes and dreams, his career, his security, his individuality, his humanity’, writes D C McAllister, are all gone. You’d think that’d be enough to end this charade.

Instead, Democrats will continue to tell women that Christine Ford is an innocent victim who was brutally victimised, and that her life has been compromised as a result. And somehow, just somehow, that narrative will strike a stronger chord than the ruination of a man’s life.

Democrats know they need to appeal to people’s emotions to get the job done. It’s a strategy that works well on both sexes, but it works twice as well on women.

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Suzanne Venker
Suzanne Venker
Suzanne Venker is an author, speaker and cultural critic known as “The Feminist Fixer. Her book, The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men & Marriage, was published in February 2017.

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