Harvey Weinstein’s disgrace and the spectacle of so many liberals who advocate for women ignoring his transgressions provides the perfect opportunity for Republicans to make inroads into a voter segment among whom they consistently trail Democrats: Women.
The hypocrisy of high-profile liberals is reflected not just in their willingness to ignore what Weinstein did, but in their fear of supporting those he hurt who were brave enough to say something. Almost everyone waited until after Weinstein had lost his job, and his power, before saying anything against him.
Sure, elite liberals care about women. But their focus, as it is with minorities, is on creating angry factions, not improving the life circumstances of average people within a group. While this may have made sense 50 years ago, when discrimination was far more prevalent, it makes much less sense now.
The conservative program of economic and cultural revival will improve the lives of all people and serve to unite Americans, not divide them into angry groups. Liberal policies are hurting minorities and women far more than discrimination is. That so many elite liberals could ignore the vicious behavior of Harvey Weinstein suggests that they self-indulgently care more about their “causes” than actual, flesh-and-blood women.
From an excellent piece today in the Washington Examiner by Charlotte Hays, of the Independent Women’s Forum:
But just as Weinstein’s public image as a good liberal was at odds with his actual treatment of women, the policies that Democrats champion under the banner of helping women often aren’t how they work with real people.
Meryl Streep will never lose her job because of a hike in the minimum wage, but many less fortunate women have. Hollywood celebrities can pay to have their own children opt out of dangerous public schools, but other Americans are stuck with them thanks to Democratic opposition to school choice. New York City A-listers don’t have to worry about the steady climb in their health insurance premiums, but women in Middle America do. Many women, particularly those women in urban centers where Democrats have had complete control, may rethink whether the Democratic leadership really has the average woman’s best interests at heart.
Weinstein’s is the story of more than one dirty, rotten creep who abused women, but of an elitist culture that uses women’s rights as a political prop — a culture that stood by, protected, and even celebrated a man they knew victimized women.
Conservatives may not always say the “correct” things, but they are the true friends of women.