While I’ve been persuaded by the likes of Chris Hedges that there are organizations more deserving of my financial support that MoveOn, every so often the organization does something that I think warrants attention. Today, I happened across a little video that they just released, featuring women reading some of the more reprehensible Republican quotes on women’s reproductive rights that have been said over the course of this past month. Maybe it was just the idea of having a seemingly mild-mannered older woman reading Santorum’s quote about how women should look at the pregnancies resulting from rape as a “gift from God,” but I found that the whole thing worked for me. Anyway, I thought that some you might enjoy it as well.
The Republicans are terrified of this “War on Women” narrative, by the way. I listened to Laura Ingraham’s radio show the other day, and she was trying, as best as she could, to make the case that the war against women in America, while real, wasn’t being waged not by Republicans, but by Progressives. In a nutshell, she was arguing that taxes and regulations were keeping women from being successful in business. And, somehow, in her mind, it would seem, that’s worse that being told by an old white man that you should have to suck it up, and happily parent rape babies. Judging from the lack of calls from women that followed Ingraham’s convoluted scream-of-consciousness rant, I don’t think that anyone was buying it. I’ll give her credit for trying to flip it around, but she really didn’t have a chance. When you have people on one side of the aisle saying that women should be happy about carrying the babies of their rapists, it’s hard to suggest that Obama and the Democrats hate women more because, through their attempts to insure American workers, they’ve made it difficult on female CEOs… That dog, as they say down south, don’t hunt.
At any rate, I’ll be interested to see how this plays out, with the White House, though it’s various channels, flogging the “war on women” narrative, as the Republicans desperately attempt to hold on to the remaining women in their party, by any means necessary. The Republicans may have traction on the issue of gas prices, but I don’t see how they can hope to win in November without the female vote.
[Speaking of disgusting, misogynistic Republicans, tonight's post was brought to you by Andrew Breitbart's old protege, James "rape barn" O'Keefe.]