GOP SOTU Response: Talking To Myself And Feeling Old

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Well, now, I’ll bet a whole lot of women feel much better this morning after Cathy McMorris-Rodgers invited the nation to join her at her well-appointed hearth to feel the love coming from the new outreachy GOP. 

Actually she didn’t do too badly, given her mission, but I have to agree with Ann Coulter for once in my life, that Republicans should ditch the voice coaches . . . whatever. 

McMorris-Rodgers did pretty much what I was expecting, stopping short of changing a diaper on camera, reading Green Eggs and Ham to her six-year-old or explaining why she votes against things like VAWA, the Lily Ledbetter Act or extending unemployment benefits when her district has some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

I have to assume that the idea of putting Rep. McMorris-Rodgers forward was to prove that far from waging a War on Women, Republicans are anxious to welcome more women into the fold.  I’m not sure who masterminds such strategies but it’s obviously someone who doesn’t realize that nice, white, traditional values, supermom evangelicals already pretty much vote Republican . . .

I suppose that the rest of American women - single career women, single mothers, college students, senior women, women of color, Native American women, Latinas, poor women, lesbians, disabled women—the bulk of women, in other words, are just not that attractive to the GOP.  Or, maybe they realize that they just don’t have much to offer women like that and probably never will.

I guess Republicans believe that most of us simply aren’t paying attention and won’t notice when they recast themselves as humanistic heroes. But, scratch the McMorris-Rodgers fresh-faced all-American patina and you’ll find a hard-core, kick-ass conservative partisan.

McMorris-Rodgers votes with her party 97% of the time including her vote for the 2013 GOP Budget to end Medicare.  The American Conservative Union givers her a 96%; Club for Growth scored her at 94%. She voted with the Family Research Council 100% of the time, the National Taxpayers Union 89% of the time, and the National Chamber of Commerce 100% of the time.

And, when McMorris-Rodgers is speaking to her constituents she drops the madonna and child persona and channels her inner pit bull as evidenced by a fundraising letter that she sent out this past December in which she expressed such humanistic sentiments as:

“This is a Democrat party that has no interest in working with Republicans — one that’s openly hostile to American values and the Constitution.”

Just look at President Obama’s actions on Obamacare and immigration — he has been using unprecedented executive power to rule by decree:  The Left will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.”

“Please support our fight against the relentless liberal agenda with a contribution of $100, $50, or $25 today.”

Right.

I have to give McMorris-Rodgers high marks for chutzpah, she sat on her lovely brocade settee, last night, and actually said, with a straight face:

So tonight I’d like to share a more hopeful, Republican vision…
One that empowers you, not the government…

It’s one that champions free markets – and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you.

Unless, of course we’re talking gynecology . . .

and:

The President talks a lot about income inequality.  But the real gap we face today is one of opportunity inequality…

And with this Administration’s policies, that gap has become far too wide.  We see this gap growing every single day.  We see it in our neighbors who are struggling to find jobs…

A husband who’s now working just part-time…

In other words, the same people McMorris-Rodgers and friends left dangling in the wind when they went home for the holidays . . . erm I mean, Christmas.

But, never fear, there are solutions!

And with too many Americans living paycheck to paycheck, we have solutions to help you take home more of your pay – through lower taxes, cheaper energy costs, and affordable health care.

That is what we stand for – for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional.

So, OK.  Maybe McMorris-Rodgers was a good choice . . . I’m thinking the woman could probably sell snow to Eskimos.  Or tax cuts to billionaires.

Posted by Bette Noir on 01/29/14 at 04:36 PM • Permalink

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Ah yes, the usual policy prescriptions; (1) tax cuts, (2) cheaper energy, and (3) affordable healthcare. 

Number 1 is their solution to everything; economy bad? Tax cuts!  Economy good?  Tax cuts!  Starting an off the books war?  Tax cuts! 

Number 2 assumes they can repeal the fact the energy prices are set globally, not by if we drill more here or let the Koch’s Keystone pipeline funnel tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast, refine it, and then send it all out as exports as they plan to do. 

Number 3 can be figured out by the current Repeal and Replace plan that has floated to the surface in the past few days.  You know, the one where your pre-existing condition gets covered only if you’ve never had a lapse in insurance coverage, and where they will let cheap, crappy, don’t cover much and leave high and dry policies be sold again.  Oh, and tax credits to replace the ACA subsidies, because it is so obvious that every person who must rely on subsidies can easily pay full price every month, knowing there’s a tax credit coming at the end of the year that will be much smaller than the ACA subsidy. 

Same old crap, slightly different label.

I have to assume that the idea of putting Rep. McMorris-Rodgers forward was to prove that far from waging a War on Women, Republicans are anxious to welcome more women into the fold.

Of course they are! But only if we admit that men must decide everything for us and have the best plan for us.

I get it to a degree, no, really, I do! I’m a Christian woman, and I understand that whole thing about the man being the head of the household, etc. But even the Bible never said women were idiots who couldn’t make their own decisions.

And it keeps coming back to one thing for me: forcing your idea of Christian principles on the country doesn’t make us a Christian nation and denies the basics of freedoms and rights the U.S. was founded on.

It also kind of appalls me: you know damn well if, just for argument’s sake, people who practiced the polytheistic beliefs and rituals of ancient Egypt were running the country, they’d cry foul of those same people making those practices law. Yet they can’t seem to see that that’s what they are doing to millions who don’t follow any kind of Christian faith. It’s just…how can they not see the hypocrisy? o.O

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