Monday, December 3, 2012

Despite Post-Election Promises, GOP War On Women Continues Unabated

They mouthed an insincere "we're very sorry" and went on pursuing the GOP war on women as if they hadn't taken a whipping in women's votes in Election 2012. Benjy Sarlin and Evan McMorris-Santoro of TPM spell it out.

Of all the foolish post-election behavior the GOP has indulged in, and there's been a lot of it, the war on women has to be the most damaging to party credibility... and individual candidates' chances of winning races. While (as some former Rmoney staffers pointed out) Rmoney won white women, they voted for him six points lower than white men... Republicans are fools to pretend there isn't a gender gap even within their own party. And as for all women, they voted for Obama over Rmoney, 55% to 44%... the dreaded double-digit difference.

Claimed Republican post-election outreach to women seems to me to be more of a doubling down on their anti-woman dogma than an apologetic extended hand. “We don’t need to pander or change our principles, but at the same time, we can be respectful,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who apparently watches helplessly (really?) as the right wing of his party continues ceaselessly to bash Sandra Fluke. Fluke is the woman most visibly refused an opportunity to testify before a Republican-dominated House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (chair: Darrell Issa, whose name qualifies as "Queen Anne" in the old child's game), which heard only male clergymen on that occasion, and later vilified by Rush Limbaugh as a "slut" and a "prostitute." Fluke, then a Georgetown law student, may prove to be the wrong person to have aggravated; she appears to be inclined to political activism, and may even run for office... as a Democrat, of course.

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