Archive for August 20, 2012
I’ve written before about the “Republican War on Women”. It’s a meme, to be sure, but one that seems to have some stickiness or even truthiness to it, because key Republicans keep doing things that are so gloriously tone-deaf.
Instead of concentrating on jobs, the Republicans in the House concentrated on sex. House committees investigating the conflict between women’s previously established right to contraceptive services and the desires of the Catholic Church refused to hear testimony from women. When Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held shadow committee meeting with Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke testifying, de facto Republican spokesman Rush Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut”.
Faced with the ensuing controversy, Republican National Committee chairman called the idea of a “Republican War on Women” a false and pervasive meme, likening it to a mythical “War on Caterpillars”. Regardless of what he meant, the caterpillars were enraged. (more…)