And now comes another Republican with another comment offensive to women. In my last column about Paul Ryan's war on women, I emphasize the damage to women from Republican opposition to women's pay equity, Social Security and Medicare. Now we have Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) making deeply offensive comments about "legitimate rape,” following House Republican opposition to House Democratic efforts to protect women from violence. And now we have a large group of House Republicans embarrassing our nation and their party in a trip to Israel, including, in behavior that should be reprimanded by every conservative Christian, nude bathing!
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Don't miss the story in The Hill about Karl Rove calling Nancy Pelosi the "Mad Red Queen.” I guess the war against women takes many forms. Rove never uses that kind of language to describe men. Of course what Rove said was sexist. Obviously Pelosi is getting into Rove's head. Does this suggest he fears Democrats might take back the House? Methinks he does. Come on, Karl, cut the sexism out of your act. It is an insult to women. And get with the program and support pay equity for women!
I notice a group of conservative women are going to spend a lot of money attacking the president, who supports pay equity for women.
Several days have passed since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush shocked the GOP and said both his father and Ronald Reagan would have had difficulty in today's Republican Party because of a new "orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement." Even worse, Bush credited his father's 1990 deficit-reduction bill that raised taxes as a bipartisan compromise and an example that the elder Bush — like Reagan — was willing to find common ground to solve big problems.
What have women done to Senate Republicans, House Republicans and Mitt Romney that they oppose a woman receiving equal pay for an honest day's work? As I wrote in my column yesterday, I expect Democrats to wage a national crusade, from one corner of the nation to the other, for equal pay for honest work for women.
I applaud Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for bringing pay equity for women to the Senate floor. I applaud House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats for continuing this important battle. But what have women done to the GOP to deserve the shabby treatment Republicans are giving to American women?
In Texas Gov. Rick Perry's last primary election for governor of Texas the entire Eastern conservative establishment, including George H.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes as proxy for W. lined up in opposition. Their agent, Kay Bailey Hutchison, was well ahead. Then Sarah Palin came to the call of Perry. He won big. It opened the gate for him to run for president.
Then when the unheard-of Tea Party candidate for governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, was slandered by the old-school conservative rank and file, Mitt Romney came to her aid. But she didn't move in the polls. Sarah Palin came down and campaigned and Haley won in a landslide.
In my column today I praise the very important book by two leading scholars, Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution, in which they suggested (and I agree) that both parties are not equally to blame for the negative politics and gridlocked government that voters detest.
In their book, It's Even Worse Than it Looks, they point the finger at Republicans. In my column I also mentioned an excellent review of that book by Robert Kaiser of The Washington Post. I commend that review to your attention. I will have more to say soon, but for now, I hope readers will read and consider Bob Kaiser's view of what I believe is the most valuable political book of the year.
Ron Paul has brought a sea change in American politics. Without Paul there is no Tea Party of substance. It is merely a populist howl without vision or direction and we have heard it all before. But Paul brought substance: states’ rights, constitutional government and sound money. Ideas which hadn’t been broached in either party this past century. These ideas have been amplified by Texas Gov. Rick Perry in his important book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington, and on Judge Andrew Napolitano's pioneering show on constitutional law, "Freedom Watch.” The Judge is, as he calls himself on occasion, the "night watchman" — an angel devoutly guarding our freedom as we sleep. That his show actually ran on prime time every night of the week for the past couple of years is tribute to the changes occurring in America. But for the moment, those times have stalled.
Not content to oppose efforts to promote pay equity for women, Republicans are battling against stronger efforts to protect battered women. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, escalating his unsuccessful pandering to the right, has set his sights against Planned Parenthood. I assume the plan is for the GOP to seek votes from those who cheat women on salary and beat women physically. Bad plan. Republicans, like Ron Paul, will have to accept personal responsibility for their actions.
Republicans will claim they are all for women, but this is about ideology. Fair enough. So bet it. Let the debate begin. Actions and ideology have real consequences. The consequences for women under Republicans are severe, which is why women are voting for Democrats in huge numbers.
Conrad Black, the conservative editor of the New York Sun, says the first words Fidel Castro has ever uttered that he has agreed with are those recently published on his blog in which he opined that the current Republican race is one of the most inane and stupid events in modern world history. George Will says they should just let it go until 2016. And the editors of The Washington Post say Republicans can no longer avoid their Limbaugh problem.
Good news for President Obama, who remains at 60 percent at Intrade. Indeed, they may begin to ask if there will even be a 2016 for Republicans. The constant rant from Limbaugh and his mindless others on the radio waves suggest the tailwind of a lost cause, like the bitter wind that persisted following the Civil War with Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Ku Klux Klan, and the Brown Shirts after World War I.
The move from T to V is short, alphabetically.
Metaphorically, it is huge; from the Tea Party to the Vote Party suggests a major political shift. The Occupy Wall Street Movement has traveled across American cities, attracted national attention, and is ready to move from gaining attention to influencing social action.
If the movement — I’d call it the embryonic V Party — uses its social media network to advance a national agenda focused on curing our excessive economic disparity, it could generate important social reforms, like the Tea Party did for its agenda. Recent press reports noted that the Occupy Wall Street movement has morphed into YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, wiki and Web presences with millions of followers and thousands of activists.