By Adele Hampton - 03/19/12 04:12 PM EDT
The tides have turned on liberal attacks against the Republican Party's stance on women's issues with the release of a new RNC campaign video that labels President Obama's administration as a "boys' club" that has little regard for women's welfare.
The video, uploaded to YouTube by the Republican National Committee on Friday, paints a misogynistic light on the president's camp using the words of Obama's chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, against him in reference to liberal comedian Bill Maher's comments about Sarah Palin.
“Listen, Erin! Erin!” Axelrod interrupts.
"Understand that these words, that uh ...” Axelrod says. "Maher has used in his standup act — uhhh — are a little bit different."
The video then cuts to a voiceover from a section of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Ron Suskind's book Confidence Men, describing Obama's administration as a "boys' club" where "women are talked over and effectively sidelined."
The RNC's video comes as a defense move against the controversies surrounding the Obama administration’s new contraception mandate, and left-wing criticism over a Virginia bill signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) requiring women to undergo abdominal ultrasounds before getting an abortion.
While faith-based groups and many Republicans protested the Obama birth-control ruling as an attack on religious freedom, Democrats have sought to portray the controversy as a women’s health issue.
"[I]t’s clear that the Republican leadership doesn’t value women," said liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org Organizing Director Lenore Palladino in a statement.
"Women across the country are outraged when they hear about the GOP’s full-fledged attack on women’s rights. That’s why we’re showing the millions of women voters what the Republican agenda means for them."