As folks at a conference headlined by Santorum got literature explaining how the pill causes breast cancer (there is no good science to back this up) and chastity is the only acceptable way to avoid pregnancy:
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pleaded with those in his party to “get off” the war on women. If a major conservative group disseminating literature attacking women’s reproductive health at its star-studded convention is any indication, the former GOP presidential nominee’s call is being completely ignored. With 70 percent of women agreeing that President Obama’s contraception requirement is a matter of women’s health, continuing to attack birth control could spell disaster for Republicans in the fall.
I’ve been wondering about this for a while. Have the Republicans really lost touch with reality so completely that they cannot see their own electorate will not stand for having birth control taken away? Or is this whole campaign against women designed to distract us from something else they’re up to?
On the “sadly, they are totally serious” side, this has been brewing for a while, and they’ve been sounding increasingly like aliens from another planet for the past several years – and maybe it’s just a desperate last-ditch effort to derail Obama’s healthcare reform. On the “it’s a scam” side, it’s hard to imagine this many poll-obsessed principle-free sell-to-the-highest-bidder types would take an unpopular stand like this without what they consider a really good reason.
If they are putting a principle ahead of politics for once, what principle is it? Don’t say Christianity and make me laugh. These people would switch to demon worshiping in a heartbeat if that’s where the benefits were. Are they just so incensed that Obama gave them the run around on healthcare while they were busy waving their dicks at each other over the deficit ceiling that they’ve decided to get him even if they tank their own careers, too? And if so, could anything but virulent racism possibly explain that?
If it’s not obvious, these are some thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head as I try to fathom what on earth it is I am seeing the Republican party do. Virulent misogyny seems the obvious explanation, but virulent racism seems pretty clear to me from the get-go, when I remember how absolutely unwilling the Republicans were to budge on anything back during the deficit ceiling crap or the following “no new taxes [for rich people]” debacle. And I’m sure there are other options that haven’t yet occurred to me.
Why has the Republican party spent the last couple of years ardently pursuing agendas their own people don’t even support? Are they up to something? Or are they just stuck in group narcissist thinking – where their delusions of grandeur actually prevent them from grasping that people won’t suddenly wake up on election day and realize that giving up their birth control and raising taxes on the middle class and poor are superb ideas that they support?