For several years, Republicans have had an elephant in the room sitting on their chances of winning the hearts and minds of the majority of Americans ... Yup, it's their "women problem," which House Speaker John Boehner finally owned up to today! "Some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be," Boehner noted. And according to a report from Politico, his actions speak even louder than his words: Boehner aides have been gathering with GOP staffers to help them fine-tune their messaging to women. Ha.
Well, in an effort to tackle this ginormous problem, perhaps they may want to review some of the most recent, misogynistic gaffes their fellow party members have delivered! Here, six of the most cringe-worthy quotes Republican representatives have hurled at the ladies and that are now costing them big in elections ...
- The one about legitimate rape - Who could forget when Rep. Todd Akins (R-MO) was trying to beat incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and declared, "From what I understand from doctors, pregnancy from rape is "really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down"? Ah yes, we all know how well that offensive remark worked for him at the polls!
- The one about rape pregnancies being all good - Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana really won women over when he said pregnancies from rape are "something that God intended to happen."
- The one about hormone levels - Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) blamed the 26,000 sexual assaults that occurred in the military in 2012 on "hormone levels." Face palm.
- The one about America needing to be punished for abortion - Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli must've won lots of lady votes (eye roll) with this quote: “Really, given that God does judge nations, it’s amazing that abortion has run as far and foully as it has, without what I would consider to be a greater imposition of judgment on this country. Who knows what the future holds?”
- Another one about how women can't get pregnant from rape - Just before Idaho's Senate passed a mandatory ultrasound bill last week, the bill sponsor, state Sen. Chuck Winder (R), said, "I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that's part of the counseling that goes on.”
- The one where the politician compares women to cows, pigs, and chicken - State Rep. Terry England was speaking in favor of HB 954, which makes it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the baby is otherwise not expected to live to term. He then recalled his time working on a farm, explaining, “Life gives us many experiences ... I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead or alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.”
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Hey, this is just a stab in the dark from a lowly, pea-brained woman, but could it be that the GOP's problem isn't only Foot in the Mouth Disease? Perhaps it can't be cured with media training a la Team Boehner? Maybe just maybe this is all a sign that it's time for a change.
Like updating the party's platform to something that looks more in tune with the 21st century and turning the focus away from debates on rape, contraception, and abortion -- issues that most Americans and the law of the land have already come to terms with half a century ago? Maybe then more women would run as and elect Republicans. Problem solved! But err, nah, just keep working that "How to Be More Sensitive With the Gentler Sex 101" angle ... I'm sure that'll do wonders for the party image!
Do you feel like the GOP has a "women problem"? What do you think they could do to fix it?