It's a mistake to underestimate the depth of antipathy among Republicans for laws mandating equal pay for women.
At the risk of wading back into the silliness of last week's "War on Women" controversy (it's unclear who won, but it seems like women lost), it's worth looking closely at the debate over Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
On Wednesday, during a conference call devoted to refuting charges that Romney was in trouble with women, Huffington Post's Sam Stein asked advisers whether the candidate backed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. After an uncomfortably long pause, they said they'd have to get back to him. Later, Boston confirmed that Romney "supports pay equity and is not looking to change current law." Monday, Diane Sawyer pressed him further on whether he would have signed the bill. "I'm not going to go back and look at all the prior laws and say had I been there which ones would I have supported and signed, but I certainly support equal pay for women and -- and have no intention of changing that law, don't think there's a reason to," Romney said.
That prompted New York's Dan Amira to poke fun at Romney, arguing he should have either said that although he backed equal pay, he worried that the Ledbetter Act leads to frivolous lawsuits; or else he should have just said he would have signed it, since no Republican is going to vote against him over this law.