Many of these candidates have made missteps or said unfortunate things. But if you read the commentary from the left, to be a GOP woman running for office, you must be drunk, you could be promiscuous, you most definitely are mean, and you are the mindless puppet of "secret" donors who are stealing the election. Most of all, you're irrational and have no policies or issues worth discussing. The Democrats' new mantra: "Pay no attention to those crazy ladies."
President Obama recently told supporters that "part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared." So voters who disagree with his "facts and science and argument" about expanding government through massive deficit spending, sadly, are not thinking clearly. Pay no attention to the crazy people.
This fits right into the broader liberal narrative of angry voters having a temper tantrum this year. The "mean girls" running for office, Maureen Dowd explains, "are the ideal nihilistic cheerleaders for an angry electorate." The blogosphere is full of opinions that hopping-mad Tea Partyers are "irrational" and "racist." And some may be. But the vast majority of them are not, just as the vast majority of Republican women running for office aren't crazy. And neither are the voters who are supporting them in droves.