18 Mar 2015

Republican women say ‘War No More,’ but the men keep shooting their mouths off "In recent weeks, Republican state legislators have described a pregnant woman as 'the child’s host' rather than a mother, called women a 'lesser cut of meat', likened Planned Parenthood to the Islamic State terror group"

There were a couple of problems right off the bat when would-be Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the top Republican woman in the House, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, sat down with conservative interest groups Monday afternoon to refute the notion that the GOP is waging a “war on women.”
First, there was the name of the gathering in the Capitol complex, “War No More,” which implicitly acknowledged that there has been a war on women, as Democrats allege. 
Then there was the matter of the emcee, Penny Young Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America. On Fox News last month, she criticized the children’s movie “Frozen,” of all things, for making men seem useless. She said the animated film — which features princesses and a singing snowman named Olaf — empowered women at “the cost of tearing down men” and argued that boys should be taught that “we want to raise heroes. We want to raise real men.”
Next there was the question of timing. Earlier this year, House Republicans caused an uproar when, in one of the first acts of the new Congress, they attempted to pass an antiabortion bill that would grant exceptions to a rape victim only if she reported the assault to police. Republican women rebelled, and GOP leaders pulled the bill. In the weeks since then, Republican officeholders across the land have been demonstrating that if there isn’t a Republican war on women, there are a lot of loose cannons. In recent weeks, Republican state legislators have described a pregnant woman as “the child’s host” rather than a mother (in Virginia), called women a “lesser cut of meat” (South Carolina), likened Planned Parenthood to the Islamic State terror group (South Dakota), proposed legislation outlawing yoga pants (Montana) and suggested that it is not rape when a man has sex with an unconscious woman if he is in a relationship with her (Utah).
To combat the war-on-women meme, the conservatives brought out some big guns: Their “War No More” backdrop was a poster of the famous photo of female World War II aviators in front of a B-17. But the conservatives lacked a consensus battle plan.
Nance, the moderator, speculated that the Democrats’ war-on-women allegations from 2012 and 2014 will return. “If we actually do in 2016 see the top of the Democratic ticket as Claire Underwood, I mean Hillary Clinton — I keep getting those two mixed up — I think this is going to be back,” Nance said, referring to the fictional “House of Cards” first lady.
McMorris Rodgers, whose name card spelled her name “Rogers,” chuckled at the Underwood-Clinton joke.


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