Maybe Republicans Just Don’t Like Girls

Fri, June 12, 2009

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Sarah Palin got dissed by fellow Republicans at a recent RNC fundraiser. Meghan McCain takes heat for not toeing the GOP party line on gay marriage and for criticizing Ann Coulter. And while Sonia Sotomayor isn’t a Republican, she’s hardly the most liberal judge out there and is being attacked as if she was the next incarnation of Jerry Brown. With all these women on the short end of the conservative’s stick these days, I’m beginning to wonder if the GOP likes girls.

Sure, they have a big love-fest with Ann Coulter and Liz Cheney, two women who are adept at channeling the darkest side of Republican politics, but it seems like the GOP increasingly has a problem with women unless they agree that our country is “importing terrorists” or unless they’re willing to be mean to small children. In addition to questioning people’s political bona fides, I sense a sudden surge in resorting to petty juvenile ugliness if political women don’t agree with what are becoming lockstep GOP positions.

Conservative darling Laura Ingraham (one woman the GOP does seem to like) took her disdain of Meghan McCain to the mean girl level of suggesting that her views should be discounted because Ingraham thinks McCain is fat and talks funny. To her spunky credit, McCain finally announced that anyone who wants to mock her size can kiss her fat a$$!

Sarah Palin was the next big thing for the GOP when she was John McCain’s running mate, but today the not-so-subtle inferences that she’s incapable of anything other than advocating for abstinence only sex education are hard to escape. There seems to be a purposeful blind spot when it comes to processing anyone, especially women, who doesn’t gratefully accept the GOP wisdom that men have laid down before them and who decide that perhaps they can — *GASP* — think for themselves.

Sure, it could just be that right-wingers don’t like these three women — but there’s a pattern that’s becoming disturbingly common in how some Republicans talk about women they disagree with. There is a marked increase in resorting to personal insults, mockery and language my third-grade daughter and her classmates know better than to use.

Sotomayor is too judicial to say what she’d probably like to about Republican (and media) attacks that her temperament is suspect because she criticizes lawyers who’ve come before her if they were ill-prepared or disorganized when they were in her courtroom! I hate to break it to the GOP leadership, but if that’s a disqualifier, then every judge I’ve ever practiced before would be out on their bums!!

Seriously, isn’t it clear? Lots of men and some women in the GOP seem to be afraid of those who deviate from the approved party line. It’s sort of like the political equivalent of the old Saturday Night Live skit where every theater-goer describes the bad magic show in the same words –“It was as good as Cats. I could see it again and again.” Wander from the Rush Limbaugh-approved script and you’re smacked down as a critical, short-tempered, unqualified, plus-size diva.

Maybe I shouldn’t raise the issue. If the Republican party isn’t careful with its continued slams against women who think outside the small conservative party box, it will find itself with no women other than the current handful who seem to enjoy playing the inflammatory games of Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich. As a Democrat, that’s OK with me — but I know there are plenty of moderate Republican women who are looking for a reason to stay in the party and feel like that’s becoming more difficult. If the way the party is set up now doesn’t change, all those bullies will find themselves without women voters.

The good old boys are going to need those votes — unless they’re planning on cloning themselves in time for November 2012.

Update: Just found this study at Bonnie Erbe’s blog. Maybe this has something to do with how some Republicans view women … ???


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6 Responses to “Maybe Republicans Just Don’t Like Girls”

  1. Sharon Says:

    I have never understood why a woman would want to be a Republican. How can membership in that party possibly benefit a woman?

  2. anniegirl1138 Says:

    We are a sizable chunk of votes being throw on the trash heap but let the GOP burn the few bridges they have left and strand themselves on a postage stamp island. Good riddance.

  3. Kelley Irish Says:

    Id you listen to Rush there isn't much they Like. They are the party of anti- everything!

    Have they ever said what they are for?

  4. OmegaMom Says:

    On the Palin front, I'd say they have every reason to be disgruntled. They have invited her to various Big Deal Meetings as a speaker, she has agreed to attend, and then days or weeks later said she wouldn't, once, if I remember correctly, the day before the meeting. They specifically disinvited her to speak at the last one she was invited to, citing wanting to celebrate Newt instead…I think that she was going to be their next big thing, but the GOP leadership has realized she's not reliable. Not in terms of message, not in terms of beign a female, just in terms of business-type-reliable. (I get this stuff from AK politics.)

    I'd guess Meaghan is out because she (gasp!) has been dissing the GOP leadership by saying they might want to enter the 21st century, and by not toeing the line on gays.

    And they're down on Sotomayor because she's An Evil Librul.

    All told, however, I wouldn't want to belong to the party, because the rank-and-file GOP women are almost always there as cheerleaders, not as leaders.

  5. PunditMom Says:

    OmegaMom, you have a great point that I will think about some more — cheerleaders vs. leaders. Hm.

  6. Kellie Says:

    I'm so glad I found this site. So far i have disagreed with every post but that's awesome. I love your writing style, your whit and your intellect. i hope i can participate in some good debates!

    Re: this post. I'm not so sure that GOP women are running to join the Dems just yet. We (although I vote Repub I'm really a libertarian) aren't scared by a few words from our conservative friends. We recognize that even on the 'right' there are differing views but the core is similar. :) Core in policies, that is.

    thanks for a great blog. i look fwd to following your updates
    kel


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