Since 9/11, polls suggest that Soccer Moms have morphed into Security Moms – and that development is frightening to Democrats, who have come to count on women to win elections, according to Time magazine.
Women who used to say they would never allow a gun in their house now say they feel better if their airline pilot has one. They wanted a nuclear freeze in the 1980s and were deficit hawks in the 1990s, but now believe the Pentagon should have whatever it wants. Their civil liberties seem less important than they used to, especially compared with keeping their children safe.
Their new attitude helps explain why the gender gap that had worked to the Democrats’ advantage since Ronald Reagan was in office narrowed sharply in last fall’s congressional elections. For the first time in more than a decade, the Republicans had near parity with women.
Women reacted to 9/11 in ways that were both more practical and more profound than men’s responses. They were the ones who scrambled to pick up the kids from school that day. They stood in line for bottled water and duct tape, fretted over whether the eighth-grade field trip was worth the risk, wheeled their strollers through security to get to tot swim classes.