The Obama campaign trotted out the online avatar "Julia" last week, to show how an ordinary American woman benefits from Democratic health care policies over her lifetime. Republicans gleefully pounced, calling it a perfect example of "cradle-to-grave government dependence," notes Joanna Weiss at the Boston Globe. Weiss, too, would like Julia to go away, but not for politically ideological reasons. It's because the Julia campaign is simplistic and patronizing.
"You don't need to be hiding under the bedcovers, quivering in fear of European-style socialism, to know that life can’t be reduced to a series of events loosely bound to government policy," she writes. GOP critics are having a field day with the mockable Julia, who leads "a milquetoast quasi-urban East Coast fantasy existence." Trying to stir up women with an infographic is an even bigger joke. At this point, both campaigns should stop trying to talk about women, most of whom "understand that real lives are too complex, too filled with choices and changes and challenges, to be reduced to snap judgments and blanket statements about where we ought to stand." (Read more women's issues stories.)