The “war on women” is back, and more tendentious than ever.
Democrats are replaying one of their greatest hits of 2012 in their furious battle to minimize their midterm losses in a political environment defined by an unpopular president and general unease.
And why not? The war on women has a proven record of success — in mobilizing Democratic women and trumping what would otherwise seem much more important issues — and it is so simple that any idiot can run on it.
The recipe is one part taking offense where clearly none was intended, and one part discerning new nefarious schemes to deny women access to birth control.
If War on Women 1.0 was strained and unconvincing, the new version lacks all self-respect. To paraphrase Karl Marx, it is history repeating itself, first as farce, then as self-parody.
Every word spoken by a Republican is mined for its latent sexism.