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The push for a Democratic field with a significant number of women contenders is the one political issue that (a) it should be about, (b) has a solid chance of being taken seriously, and (c) has enthusiastic support and even influence in the party’s mainstream. The International Women’s Day march on Washington last year, and the Women’s March in Los Angeles, and the Women’s March of New York in December have been more than a couple of testimonials to the passionate strength of the political climate around the subject.
There has been not-so-little discussion of the subtext to this wave: Republicans have a significant voter advantage among women, as well as a deep-seated ideological and partisan prejudice against them. Parties pay lip service to this issue, but the analyses that obsess over internal party behavior, as conventional wisdom seeks to be updated, is a major reason why this is one opportunity that won’t be squandered.
Michael Bloomberg, the businessman-turned-mayor of New York City, is using his massive wealth to fund ads in crucial Senate races to advance this cause, even as he has declined to endorse Hillary Clinton — the only prominent woman in the Democratic field — in her bid for president.