GOP Declares 2014 Year of Lady Outreach
(h/t to Down With Tyranny for the stunning portrait above)
Well! it’s that magical time of year when Republicans hole up with the RNC to plot their next moves and this year should be a doozy because . . . REBRAND!
Apparently, Republicans have weighed their many options—Blacks? Latinos? Gays? Poors? Millenials?—and decided that 2014 will be The Year Of The Lady under the GOP Big Top. In keeping with that theme, one of the very first orders of business for this year’s Republican Retreat was to eradicate the notion that there ever was/is or will be a Republican War on Women.
And anyone who thinks there ever was is most likely a Liebrul slut who mistakes Republican core principles for misogyny. Transvaginal ultrasounds, IRS rape audits and forcing women to buy special lady insurance are simply conservative approaches for saving women from their pathetic dependence on Uncle Sugar to regulate their uncontrollable libidos or being lured into servitude by Democrat welfare checks.
To that end, Republicans have proposed the following resolution for 2014, on which they will vote, today:
RESOLUTION ON REPUBLICAN PRO-LIFE STRATEGY
RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee condemns the Democrats’ deceptive “war on women” rhetoric;
RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee will support Republican pro-life candidates who fight back against Democratic deceptive “war on women” rhetoric by pointing out the extreme positions on abortion held by Democratic opponents;
RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee will not support the strategy of Republican pro-life candidates who stay silent in the face of such deceptive rhetoric; and,
RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee urges all Republican pro-life candidates, consultants, and other national Republican Political Action Committees to reject a strategy of silence on the abortion issue when candidates are attacked with “war on women” rhetoric.
Those positions also happen to dovetail nicely with Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) innovative jobs plan. Goodlatte thinks that women need to make more babies and have fewer abortions so that more jobs can be created and the economy will recover.
Not exactly a quick fix, but things take time . . .
In other Lady-centric developments, Republican Leadership of the House have selected Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the chair of the Republican conference and a working mother of three to deliver the high-profile Republican response to the President’s State of the Union address. [Role Model Alert]
Rep. McMorris Rodgers, a member of the tiny but powerful House Grownups Caucus, is an uncharacteristically wise choice for the SOTU response because it is unlikely that she will say anything batshit crazy during her hour at the podium. Republican strategists realize that choosing a sane person for the job could cut down on viewers who might have tuned in for the WTF-factor, but that’s OK because it’s just Obama anyway.
Some subtler indications that Republicans are attempting to let the Ladies shine this year have to do with some electoral jiggering that’s going on recently.
For example, Republican State Sen. Dick Black announced, on Wednesday, that he is dropping out of the US House race for Virginia’s 10th District because Republicans “need him more” in the Virginia State Senate.
I’m sure it had nothing at all to do with this backgrounder from Mother Jones:
Black’s campaign was extremely short-lived and controversial from the start. He filed to run on January 8, just two weeks ago. In that time period, Mother Jones reported on Black’s history of controversial remarks, including a statement he made in 2002 when the Virginia House, where Black served at the time, was weighing legislation to allow prosecutions in cases of marital rape. Black said: “I don’t know how on earth you could validly get a conviction in a husband-wife rape when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie and so forth. There’s no injury, there’s no separation, or anything.”
Black also deemed emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, to be “baby pesticide.” In the 1990s, to demonstrate why libraries should block pornography on their computers, Black invited a TV reporter to film him using a library terminal to watch violent rape porn—prompting the only complaints Loudoun County librarians had ever received about a library patron viewing pornography.
Suddenly such stock conservative notions are being quietly ushered off stage, at least in the case of upcoming candidates that can lose elections. And, this move is actually a two-bagger because Black’s drop-out clears the way for State Rep. Barbara Comstock to win the primary. Comstock is well-connected in Republican circles—she ran the “secret” defense fund for Scooter Libby and made her bones doing oppo research on Hillary Clinton.
And she probably won’t say embarrassing things about rape and abortion. What a marvelous, glamorous female candidate!
Also, this morning, it was announced that Susanne Atanus is being urged, by both local and state Republican leaders, to drop out of the congressional race for Jan Schakowsky’s seat in Illinois:
“Her candidacy is neither supported nor endorsed by the leaders of our party, and she should withdraw from the race immediately,” state party chair Jack Dorgan said in the statement, with Chicago chair Adam Robinson adding that “Atanus is not in any way affiliated with any of our efforts in the Chicago GOP, nor have we ever supported, endorsed, or assisted her in any way at any time.”
This comes on the heels of Atanus gaining national attention earlier this week for sharing her view that autism and forms of dementia are punishments sent by God because of the growing support for marriage equality in the country and the prevalence of abortion.
And now they want her to drop out of the race. Doesn’t that seem a little harsh and un-First Amendment-y?
To my mind, it’s not any different than, say, Michele Bachmann saying that 9/11 and Benghazi were God’s judgment on American’s for our sinful ways, is it?
Or, going back to 2011, when Republicans considered Bachmann a mighty fine presidential candidate despite her telling voters in Florida that Hurricane Irene and a rare East Coast earthquake were just God’s way of telling politicians to reign in government spending.
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Bachmann said during the speech in Sarasota.
“We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’
Or, more recently, this, when Bachmann was asked if Hillary Clinton could possibly lose in 2016:
“If we repent, if we cry out to God, we have no idea what the Lord God will do for us in 2016.”
And Bachmann is far from an anomaly, there have been plenty of other high-profile Republican female candidates with some rather, shall we say, eccentric opinions—Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer, Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle come to mind . . .
It seems to me that Susanne is merely emulating high-profile Republican female candidates who preceded her. And she’s a woman . . . isn’t this the GOP Year Of The Lady?
If nobody called for the hook to pull Sarah Palin offstage then it baffles me why Republican leaders would attack this Susanne Atanus so vehemently . . . ?
Could it be because Susanne looks like this:
Instead of this:
Evidently, conservatives like the flowers of Republican Womanhood to be hawt, as they appear to be fond of putting things like this on the intertubz:
This, like so many Republican notions baffles me, though. Does it really make sense to assemble a slate of hawt babes to pull in more of the female vote . . . unless, of course, they are trolling for lesbians.
Hmmmmmm . . . ?