Susan Crown might be the most influential woman in Chicago. She's a businesswoman, philanthropist and a visible supporter of President Barack Obama in the last election.
She also is firmly pro-choice, the exact kind of woman that the Obama campaign insists are in their camp and that will get him re-elected.
Except that she supports Republican Mitt Romney.
How can that be when the Republican Party harbors the likes of "U.S. Senate candidates as Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana—men who have said, respectively, that the female body has a system to block conception during rape, and, in any case, should conception occur during rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
The question was posed to Crown by Carol Felsenthal, a respected Chicago journalist and published on her Felsenthal Files:
CF: How can you support a man whose party includes such men as Akin and Mourdock whose views on abortion exceptions are so bizarre and scary?
SC: I think that’s crazy talk and I dislike extremism in any form…. And I think that [Romney/Ryan] plan is to really "80/20" the issues that will receive the most attention, and obviously the federal deficit and the economy are top of the list—and jobs. I’m making a bet that the law of the land, Roe v. Wade, will not be changed. I don’t believe government belongs in peoples’ personal choices on lifestyle or reproductive choices. I just don’t see them as priority issues [for Romney/Ryan].
CF: Until he joined the Romney ticket Paul Ryan’s views on abortion did not allow for exceptions for rape, incest or the health of the mother. Granted Ryan has now adopted Romney’s more liberal view in those three areas, but, still, as a pro-choice person, are you comfortable with Ryan as next in line to the presidency?
SC: I don’t know him as well as I know Romney. But what I am most comfortable with is his intellect and understanding of the budget.
Obama takes women for narrowly focused, single-minded automatons who can't look to their larger self-interest. Susan Crown apparently isn't buying that "war on women" crap.