Finally, a Republican – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – admits the obvious: there IS a war on women being waged by the GOP. No, it makes absolutely zero sense politically for Republicans to attack women’s rights, women’s health care, etc., and the results are showing up in polling that confirms a huge “gender gap” between the Republicans and Democrats (advantage: blue team!). Yet Republicans persist.
Why? Perhaps we should ask leading Republican and “Red State” founder Erick Erickson – who said, “I kind of like the idea that women aren’t members of The Masters. Good Lord, I don’t want to be hanging out at some women’s event!” – his opinion on the subject? Or maybe we should check in with Transvaginal Bob McDonnell, who is almost certainly off of Willard’s ticket because of HIS reactionary views towards women (has anything changed since his “thesis,” in which he wrote, among other things, “Every level of government should statutorily and procedurally prefer married couples over cohabitators, homosexuals, or fornicators”)? Or, we might ask Cuckoo Ken Cuccinelli, who has been fighting hard to restore pre-existing condition exclusions for women (and for men too), to kick 20-somethings off of their parents’ health insurance policies, etc? Or maybe we could dial in to Rush Limbaugh, a raging, pill-popping misogynist who calls women “sluts” and lots of other horrible things. Or…many, many others on the right? Yeah, take your pick, let us know how the conversation goes, and good luck!
P.S. Why would Lisa Murkowski, or any other woman, remain a member of this misogynistic party? It makes about as much sense as African Americans, Latinos, religious minorities, GLBT people, anyone who cares about the environment, anyone who respects science and reason, or anyone who believes that “bombs away” isn’t the answer to every international problem remaining a member of the Republican’t Party. Just. Don’t. Do. It.