Rush Limbaugh and his pals just can’t help themselves.
If two women on Capitol Hill disagree or say anything that seems like it causes a split in the sisterhood, it’s either a “cat fight” or we’re setting feminism back decades.
In case you missed it, this week Secretary of State Condi Rice was on the Hill for hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As Senator Barbara Boxer was questioning Rice, Boxer suggested that the administration is not listening to the voters about their feelings on the Iraq war, and in commenting on the sacrifices families across the country are making, said:
“Now, the issue is who pays the price, who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young. You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, within immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families, and I just want to bring us back to that fact.”
Seems right on to me, suggesting that both Boxer and Rice, who won’t be saying any tearful farewells to their own family members on their way to Iraq, need to remember the toll on those who do.
Limbaugh’s on-air take on this seemingly civil and very appropriate comment:
“Here you have a rich white chick with a huge, big mouth, trying to lynch this — an African-American woman — right before Martin Luther King Day, hitting below the ovaries here.”
He also suggested that this exchange has set feminism back decades (I’d think they’d be jumping for joy over that possibility).
Limbaugh, and others, want the rest of us to think that those crazy Democratic women are bashing poor patriotic Condi for her decision not to have children.
Say what?! I’m not sure whether his comments should make me wonder whether Limbaugh is off his “meds” or on them.
The right-wingers are desperately trying to find a way to spin the current state of affairs into someone else’s problem — the, “Hey, look over there, isn’t that Brad Pitt” maneuver.
Right-wing apologists are trying to make a brief, legitimate exchange into a fight about whether one has to have children to be able to make decisions about going to war. I don’t know what conversation they were listening in on, but it’s clear it’s just another attempt to: (1) bash the Dems; (2) bash the women Dems; (3) and try to divide the constituency that has probably been the most vocal against the war — women.
Ladies, I know you’re all too smart to fall for that.