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GOP war on women is real

 
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in February, one of the most conservative board members of the Susan G.
Komen Foundation wildly applauded the organization for cutting off
funding to Planned Parenthood. That was until public opinion swamped
Komen and the board member in question resigned.

Shortly
afterwards, a GOP Indiana state lawmaker publicly attacked the Girl
Scouts, claiming that organization was a tactical arm of Planned
Parenthood. Wow. I’ll bet the millions of former scouts, many of whom
are lifelong Republicans, never dreamed they were doing anyone’s
political bidding when they were 12. 

These are the same
mothers who, for the last decade or longer, have encouraged their
daughters to play Little League baseball. Should that organization be
worried? 

A little less than two months ago, Rep. Todd Akin,
the GOP Senate candidate in Missouri, made his indefensible,
reprehensible comment about “legitimate rape.” He hardly finished his
sentence before leaders in his own party, including House Speaker John
Boehner, urged him to quit from the race.  His opponent is incumbent
Claire McCaskill.  

Sadly, several prominent conservatives,
like Jim DeMint, Roy Blunt, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, have stuck
by Akin. It makes me wonder, how could a Romney-Ryan-Akin ticket
possibly help women?

Lastly, Republican Joe Walsh (Ill.)
inaccurately announced last Thursday that abortions are
“absolutely” never necessary to save the lives of pregnant women.

“With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance,” Walsh said. His opponent is Tammy Duckworth.

As
these examples demonstrate, the Republican attacks on women are not
isolated, one-of-a-kind events.  They are national in scope. What’s
clear is this: These chilling attacks are meant to demonize women,
regardless of age, ethnicity or geography.  Is this really a winning
strategy?  If it is, who’s next … Barbie?

Women make up more
than 50% of the electorate. When you consider how close the race for
the White House is right now, the GOP clearly needs them to vote Nov.
6. Given all that’s happened in 2012, I’m pretty sure women will. Only trouble is, I don’t think they will vote Republican. Why should
they? 

First, one of the nation’s leading sources for breast
cancer research was dragged into the mud. Then, young girls selling
cookies were viciously attacked. The GOP platform from this summer’s
presidential nominating convention makes it clear where the party
stands on abortion. So do Reps. Akin and Walsh.  

No, these
attacks are not random kid games. To a certain breed of Republican,
they are a matter of national pride or divine intervention. To the
rest of us, they are politics gone wild. 

Are there any women voters out there who need an extra binder? 

A
former congressional staff assistant, Freidenrich is the founder
of First Strategies consulting in Laguna Beach, California. Follow him
on Twitter @freidomreport.

 

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