Henry Rollins: The GOP's Disdain for Women Is Appalling
The GOP grows more and more unpopular with female voters seemingly every time one of its leaders gets in front of a microphone. Misogynist is as misogynist does. The GOP and its bloviating pundits don't like women and they are unable to hide it, nor do they seem to make much attempt to do so. Repeated use of the word "slut," the parsing of the word "rape" and their insistence that the vaginal canal has the amazing ability to play good sperm-bad sperm did them serious damage.
To anger female voters in America is to tread on the tiger's tail. Women turn out in huge numbers, and they are well aware of how their bodies work and what they need. Any politician worth his or her weight in re-election would be absolutely insane to mess with them.
Efforts are being made to reshape the GOP and make it more user-friendly, (or at least 30 percent less repellent). Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently told an audience that the GOP must "stop being the stupid party." You could almost hear the attendees passing around the brain cell to figure out what he meant. It's going to take more than just gerrymandering.
Retooling their not-so-endearing adversarial divide will take a lot of work. It would be like trying to get Ted Bundy elected as president of the Audubon Society. If the GOP really is looking to bring voters to its side, it will have to make some sweeping changes in how it communicates to women in America. I don't think its leaders have what it takes.
The first thing they should do is not talk too often. Say. Less. Words. But they can't leave it alone. Right when the GOP should have been sidestepping its hubris-steeped, poorly framed points of view, John Boehner slams the Dark Ages party bus in reverse and hits the gas. In an on-camera statement he made to the March for Life anti-abortion event, he said their job was to "help make abortion a relic of the past," and, "Let that be one of our most fundamental goals this year." Men who say things like this should not use the word "relic."
Rand Paul, dipshit from Kentucky, got on the mic as well. "Our nation is adrift, adrift in a wilderness where right and wrong have become subservient to a hedonism of the moment. I believe our country is in need of a spiritual cleansing. We [must] preach a gospel so full of compassion, a gospel so full of justice that it cannot be resisted. Then and only then will the law again protect the innocent."
How about the gospel of Roe v. Wade and minding your own fucking business?
At some point, I concluded that the right wing was anti-abortion because it was pro-consumer. After all, those cigarettes aren't just going to smoke themselves; guns don't shoot bullets, people do (hugs!); and what would the next war look like with no one to fight it? All those empty prison cells, all the Big Macs going uneaten -- a nightmare.