Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

Who's winning, who's losing, and why.
Oct. 19 2012 5:14 PM

A Ray of Hope

Why today was a good day for Barack Obama.

1209_POL_Obama_RoH_250

Every day until the election, Slate will offer up one reason to be optimistic for your candidate.

18 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: After Mitt Romney’s bizarre “binders full of women” comment at last Tuesday’s debate, President Obama has been seizing the opportunity to remind voters of his own feminist-friendly, pro-choice policies. It appears to be working: In Pennsylvania, women prefer Obama to Romney 57 percent to 39 percent, and Obama leads among women nation-wide by about 8.5 percent. That’s no surprise, since women in swing states rank gender-related issues as their top priorities in choosing a candidate. Romney hasn’t been underperforming among women—he ranks about even with previous Republican presidential candidates—but his latest comment, combined with his murky record on women’s issues, has hurt his ability to close the political gender gap.

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.