No longer. Polls suggest the public's attitudes have changed.
"That sound you don't hear," Boaz says, "is the sound of social change."
The 2012 Republican Party platform calls for constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and abortion in all cases.
That is a big turn-off to some women, including me.
It isn't enough of a reason to vote for Obama.
Besides, the United States isn't going back to the social policies of the 1950s under any circumstances, claims to the contrary notwithstanding. As Boaz notes, the public's views are changing, and social conservatives will have to change if they want to keep their congressional seats.
What about the influence of the Tea Party, you ask?
Remember, the Tea Party movement started with a February 2009 rant by CNBC's Rick Santelli on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange against Obama's bailout policies.
It had nothing to do with social issues.
Its ideology was based on an aversion to big government, favoritism for big business, debt and taxes.
Prominent social conservatives, such as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, superimposed their views on the grassroots movement, not the other way around. Some socially conservative Tea Party candidates, such as Dela-ware's Christine O'Donnell, were defeated in the 2010 election.
But back to women. If the Democrats really want to demean the fairer sex, at least they could do it with some flair. Let me show them how it's done.
What do women want? Women want to turn on the TV for the president's State of the Union address to find a drop-dead handsome guy who looks as if he just stepped out of the shower (and unfortunately took time to get dressed first).
We want someone who is good with a spatula, who looks like a million bucks in his chef's apron as he flips a stack of jacks and serves breakfast to 124 members of his immediate family.
We want a rich and generous guy, someone who is always first to pick up the tab.
We want a family man, a guy with a lot of expensive homes, and yes, even ones with car elevators.
The only problem for the Democrats is that what women want seems to line up with Republican Mitt Romney.
Baum, author of "Just What I Said," is a Bloomberg View columnist. She may be reached by email at cab...@bloomberg.net.