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US: Boehner’s Half Right on Women, and the Polls Prove It. GOP official’s demeaning comment about female challenger.

 

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‘Appalling’ email from Illinois GOP official about female challenger spurs new party rift Washington Post SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois Republican official resigned from his leadership post Thursday amid outrage over an email in which he berated a biracial former Miss America as a “street walker” who could fill a law firm’s “minority quota” if she loses her bid for Congress.

The controversy, involving a county GOP leader in central Illinois who campaigned for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, created a new rift for Republicans already struggling to expand and attract women and minority voters.

Davis demanded the resignation of the county official, Jim Allen, after learning of what he called a “wrong, appalling and incredibly demeaning” email targeting Erika Harold, Davis’ opponent in the March 2014 Republican primary.

…Allen apologized for his message in a brief statement to the (Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette and resigned from his post Thursday afternoon. Harold released a statement, saying Allen’s comments have “no place within public discourse.”

Phil Gingrey, In DOMA Speech, Says Children Should Take Classes On Traditional Gender Roles Huffington Post Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) told colleagues on the House floor on Tuesday that young boys and girls should take classes on traditional gender roles in a marriage because there are some things fathers do “maybe a little bit better” than mothers.

“You know, maybe part of the problem is we need to go back into the schools at a very early age, maybe at the grade school level, and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say, you know, this is what’s important,” Gingrey said in a speech supporting the Defense of Marriage Act. “This is what a father does that is maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better than the talents that a mom has in a certain area. And the same thing for the young girls, that, you know, this is what a mom does, and this is what is important from the standpoint of that union which we call marriage.”

Boehner’s Half Right on Women, and the Polls Prove It Huffington Post House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters the GOP’s abortion ban that passed the House 228-196 on Tuesday won’t change the party’s relationship with women. He says the bill is “extremely popular across party and gender lines.” He’s half right.

Sex, Lies and the War on Men Wall Street Journal Well, imagine if a prominent feminist journalist wrote about the “war on women” and dozens of conservative male writers responded by subjecting her to similar verbal abuse. Would that not be prima facie evidence that she was on to something? If the …

James Taranto: The WSJ’s “War On Men” Crusader Media Matters for America All this viciousness was in the service of denying that there is, as we wrote in yesterday’s article, a “war on men.” Well, imagine if a prominent feminist journalist wrote about the “war on women” and dozens of conservative male writers responded by …

Jim David on GOP’s ‘masturbating fetus’ claim …  current.com “Viewpoint” host John Fugelsang, Julianna Forlano (Absurdity Today), and comedians Jim David and Harrison Greenbaum take on Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), who defended the GOP-led House passing HR 1797 (Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act) — the most restrictive anti-abortion bill in a decade — by arguing that abortion should be banned after 20 weeks. Why? Because Burgess says he saw a male fetus masturbating in the womb 15 weeks into a pregnancy.

1 thought on “US: Boehner’s Half Right on Women, and the Polls Prove It. GOP official’s demeaning comment about female challenger.”

  1. I thought that after the GOP’s electoral thumping in 2012, the party leadership handed out a leaflet to all of their congressional members with “Do’s and Dont’s” when it came to talking about rape, abortion, violence against women and the like. Evidently, the Republicans have not been reading their own guidebook because they still talk as though they were trapped several centuries in the past.

    How many more defeats will it take for them to realise that open, brazen contempt for over 50% of the electorate is not a good vote-winning strategy?

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