Senate Republican Mitch McConnell was in the stands to watch the University of Louisville defeat University of Miami in the first game of the football season Labor Day evening. McConnell rarely misses a home game. He is always decked out in his Cards gear and watches every minute. As he is with his politics, McConnell, is steadfast. He is no fair weather fan.
Generally, the other fans at the football game pay no mind to McConnell, or perhaps give him his space. He is just another guy in the stands chanting "Cards First Down!"
The Miami game, however, was different. People treated McConnell differently. As he walked from the tailgate area to the stadium, people kept asking to have their picture taken with him. McConnell's presence generated a buzz, an excitement in the crowd. He was warmly greeted. There were no hecklers, perhaps because the Allison Lundergan Grimes had no presence whatsoever.
One large group of maybe six or eight couples politely asked for a photo. Apparently this group did not receive the DNC memo that Republicans are waging a War On Women.
While the half dozen or more wives surrounded McConnell, their husbands all snapped photos. I am sure these are floating around Facebook and Instagram. This particular encounter was illustrative of McConnell's advantage with married women.
As McConnell drew closer to the stadium, another woman approached McConnell. She was approximately 30 years of age and with her husband. She told McConnell that she is a small business owner and thanked him for all he had done to fight Obamacare. They talked for some time. He listened intently as she explained the devastating impact that health care premiums are having on her business. I couldn't hear most of the conversation, but her support for McConnell, her gratitude for his service and his respect for him spoke volumes.
This is why McConnell is essentially tied with Grimes for women's votes. Grimes's lead with young women is not enough to overcome the Marriage Gap advantage that Republicans have with married women. Democrats do well among young, single women, and pander to this group with promises of free birth control and fear-mongering about Republicans coming to imprison their Lady Parts.
Married women, with a few more years of life experience, see through this nonsense. That's why they are backing the grown-up in the race, McConnell.