Once again, John Scalzi does his thing. Warning, it's pretty trigger-y.
Now, remember how I said the thing I really like about raping a woman is the control it gives me over her? Well, getting a woman pregnant is even better. Because long after I’m gone, she still has to deal with me and what I’ve done to her. She has to deal with what’s happening to her body. She has to deal with doctor visits. She has to deal with the choice whether to have an abortion or not — which means she has to deal with everyone in the country, including you, having an opinion about it and giving her crap about it. And if she does have an abortion, she has to deal with all the hassle of that, too, because folks like you, of course, have gone out of your way to make it a hassle, which I appreciate. Thank you.
On another note, I saw a quick headline yesterday that said a poll indicated Romney had erased Obama's seemingly insurmountable lead among women. Now, I'm a regular over at FiveThirtyEight and I know all there is to know about why following individual polls is stupid. But I'm baffled at the notion that women, who have consistently and historically voted for Democrats through the past several cycles and also voted heavily for Obama to the tune of 56-43 in 2008, would be evenly going for Romney. A double-digit lead to a virtual tie is pretty hard to explain.
No one who I usually look to is discussing it, though, and I are confuzzled.
I'm beginning to suspect there's a methodology issue, though. Quinnipiac put out an Ohio poll that has Obama seemingly up 16 with women, 56-40, with early voting women voting Obama at a 59-35 clip. PPP shows Obama up 54-44 in Colorado, 51-45 in what appears to be a combined Iowa/Wisconsin poll, and 53-43 in North Carolina. Also, he's up 57-41 in Virginia. That is, admittedly, a small sample size. Moreover, PPP showed Obama up 54-42 with women in results released on 10/24, which would be almost exactly in line with the metrics from 2008.
Yeah, this is cherry-picking, but I'm lazy and the PPP polls are all in one place so I can look at them. Until Nate Silver and/or Nate Cohn (or, as I like to call them, "the Nates") write up something to explain what the fuck happened there, I'll just sit here, secure in the fact that I already voted, and be slightly confuzzled.