You knew that Mitt Romney lost Tuesday's debate when Fox host Megyn Kelly immediately started blaming the questions. Most significant is her reference to "equal pay for women" and "abortion, contraception," as "obvious pandering to women." The fact that Romney inconveniently has a poor record on women's issues does not mean that asking about them is "pandering." The Romney campaign waffled on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which President Obama signed. Romney pledged to "get rid of Planned Parenthood." He also said, "Of course I support the Blunt Amendment," which allows employers to not provide contraceptive coverage. Watch Kelly vent about audience members who didn't lob softball questions at her candidate:
KELLY: And the questions! 11 questions asked in all, and some of which will certainly be discussed tomorrow. Topics that we haven’t heard at all in this presidential campaign — equal pay for women, in fact there were a lot of women’s issues discussed…abortion, contraception, women’s pay as I mentioned. Some might argue it was obvious pandering to women because the female vote is so important in this election. Apart from equal pay for women, we heard a discussion about assault weapons ban, a question to Mitt Romney about how are you different from President Bush, and then a question to President Obama, what have you done to earn my vote? The one question on foreign policy by my count was about Libya, and seemed to cover ground that we already knew the answer to: it was who denied the request for increased security. Well, we heard great testimony about that last week, there were State department officials who answered that question. So there will be some questions about those selections, Bret.