Being President of White Male America Isn't a Job Anymore
I think New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd often works a little too hard to be clever at the expense of content. But she says some good stuff here about Mitt Romney running for president of a country that doesn't exist, that never worked for most people, and that they don't want to revive. Especially women.
In its delusional death spiral, the white male patriarchy was so hard core, so redolent of country clubs and Cadillacs, it made little effort not to alienate women. The election had the largest gender gap in the history of the Gallup poll, with Obama winning the vote of single women by 36 percentage points.
You mean they weren't excited by a party where the second-to-last presidential candidate standing, Rick Santorum, said that even married couples using contraception led to immorality? And that health-care providers offering contraception somehow infringed on the religious freedom of a bunch of old, celibate male bishops?
Yeah, that sort of talk WILL inspire single women to vote for the other party.
Some people are NOT getting the message. Perhaps filled with hubris because of the baked-in advantage their obscene gerrymander gives them, Ohio's GOP legislators are talking about more hearing on defunding Planned Parenthood and passing the Heartbeat Bill. They never learn. They seem to have forgotten how experienced we are at gathering signatures to put repeals on the ballot. Just try it, suckers. I've got my clipboard ready to go.
As you may have heard, in two U.S. Senate races that were considered uphill climbs for Democrats, the Democrat absolutely smoked his/her GOP opponent after he made a vile and clueless remark about rape. Missouri Senator Claire McGaskill, who would have had a hard time holding on to her seat with a rational opponent, was fortunate enough to face Todd Akin, the man responsible for saying women don't get pregnant from rape because their bodies have ways of preventing that.
And in Indiana, Joe Donnelly was considered a longshot — until the GOP primaried longtime Senator Dick Lugar for teabagger Richard Mourdock. Even then, it was considered a difficult race for the Democrat until the final months of the campaign, when Mourdock opened his mouth and misogynist Crazy came spewing out. He's the guy who said pregnancy resulting from rape is a gift from God.
It's become almost a cliche to say that today's Republicans make the Bushies look moderate. And certainly, when it comes to naked contempt and hatred for women, that's true.
Remember Karen Hughes, one of the most loyal members of Team Bush?
The other day she was quoted at Politico, saying,
And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue. The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of “legitimate rape.”
Better sharpen your knife, Karen. I don't think we've heard the last of the anti-woman insanity.