The GOP’s new meme is that it’s the Democrats who have declared war on women.
Five different Republican committees this morning released a joint memo pushing back on the “Democrats’ War on Women” messaging to highlight the sex scandals of a group of Democratic men and argue that Democrats are hypocrites who only care about women when it is politically convenient.
That message was efficiently stomped on yesterday by Erik Erikson:
Erick Erickson is the insecure frat-boy id of the Republican Party. Oh, sure, party leaders wring their hands about their problem with women voters, but deep down, we’re all “Abortion Barbie” to a whole lot of them. Only Erickson is creepy enough to say so.
In case you missed it: Erickson — last seen freaking out over women as breadwinners, and being schooled by Fox host Megyn Kelly — apparently had a panic attack today over Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, and decided to call her “Abortion Barbie.” That’s clever, and likely to do his party as much good with women as when Rush Limbaugh decided to call Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
But Erickson’s outburst comes in a week when Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus melted down over CNN and NBC plans for a Hillary Clinton miniseries, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell got so rattled by Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes that he disrespected her by attacking her dad, as though the girl in the race didn’t matter enough to engage directly.
Not that I would ever encourage any kind of misogynistic attack from anyone, but I can’t help but think that this sort of talk and action does nothing but help both the Democrats and women. The more this kind of school-yard bullying goes on, the more people — men and women — will be repulsed by it and vote for someone who is not affiliated with a party that treats women as either sex objects or property to be governed by the menfolk who know better.
Add to that the dissing of the Latinos, the African-Americans, the LGBTQ’s, the poor, and the disabled, it makes you wonder who is left for the Republicans to alienate?