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Lisa Smith (R) helps uninsured Danielle Winters (L) and her 7-month-old grandson Tyler, who is on medicare, sign up for the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare", outside the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi October 4, 2013.
The Republican pitch to women: No more affordable health care for you!
Heading into the 2014 elections, the Republican position on women's votes and women's issues is nothing so much as incoherent. They're defensive about their poor record, so they want to rebut it, but they mostly seem to do so by dismissing every specific issue as a distraction from the real issues. When you get right down to it, the Republican position appears to be "we're not worried about no stinkin' women's issues because OBAMACARE. And we really do care about women's issues ... like OBAMACARE. And besides, we're not really running as women, but you may want to vote for some of us because we are women."

For instance, Joni Ernst, a Senate candidate in Iowa, leads her bio with "Mother. Soldier. Conservative for U.S. Senate." The word "mother" is all over her website. But she says she's not running on gender:

“It would be historical, but it’s not part of my pitch,” she said of potentially becoming Iowa’s first female senator. “I don’t believe we should vote for somebody based on gender, we vote for the right person and I’m the right person to go to Washington, D.C.”

“Of course I’m always very diplomatic in the way that I attack any issue and I think that’s appealing to women. Be straight-forward about [issues], but be compassionate, show them that this is something that really matters to Iowans, not just female but also males,” she said.

It would make history, but I'm not running as a woman, and I'm super diplomatic like a woman, but I'm not running as a woman, and I'm compassionate like a woman, but I'm not running as a woman, and did I mention I'm a mother, but I'm definitely not running as a woman.

So what about equal pay, an issue that women care about? Forget that, Republicans say, because Obamacare:

Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway said reminding both genders of the problems with the Affordable Care Act would trump Democratic attacks on the equal pay issue.

“Republicans recognize that this is also the Democratic party’s latest attempt to cry ‘squirrel!’ so women in this country, who control two out of every three health care dollars that are spent and are disproportionately health care consumers and providers… divert their attention from the unspooling of Obamacare,” Conway said.

Ah, yes, the unspooling of more than six million private insurance enrollments, plus the millions covered by Medicaid expansion, plus young people who've been able to stay on their parents' insurance. I think unspooling is what Republican arguments against the law have done. And how's this as an argument for ignoring equal pay concerns? "Listen, ladies, we know you don't want to be distracted by a little thing like equal pay. Let us explain how we'd like to take away your affordable health care."

In the end, this may be one of the greatest (and admittedly one of the few) examples of Republican commitment to equal opportunity. For women, just as for men, their answer to everything is "repeal Obamacare."

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:06 AM PDT.

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  •  Women who vote GOP these days ... (17+ / 0-)

    There's a term for it already and it's called Stockholm syndrome.

    And people who are not uber wealthy who vote GOP, they're suffering from Stockholm syndrome too. Or as Maher said, 'useful corporate dummies.'

    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer 2005-2007, The Gambia

    by AfricanLived on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:15:10 AM PDT

    •  bah ... I want to edit my comment for typos ... (0+ / 0-)

      Alas, I can't, right?

      'And people who are not uber wealthy who vote GOP.'

      Should read:

      'And people who are not uber wealthy THAT vote GOP ...'

      Returned Peace Corps Volunteer 2005-2007, The Gambia

      by AfricanLived on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:46:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Women Shifted Right In Last Midterm 2010 (0+ / 0-)

      over health issues, some Obamacare, some MediScare.

      It's not an unreasonable tactic for the Republicans.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:46:25 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  belief (0+ / 0-)

        Some people really believe that the elites hire the best person for the job, and that there a few choices for high level jobs.  That is why quotas, which assumes that if all things are equal the white male will be chosen, are wrong, and why salary caps, which assume that there are many people for a job, are wrong.

        Some people believe that one should not have things that one cannot afford, even food and health. Some people that if you are person a sufficient faith, such essentials as food and health will be provided. That lack of basic necessities is equal to the lack of a moral life.

        Some people believe that gay people should be stoned to death.  They just lack the faith to actually do, take the consequences imposed by a secular society, and reap their reward from whatever they claim to worship.

        We say in 1970's, at the women's conference held in Houston, Tx, that many women hold these beliefs.  That even discussing that a women should be hired, or even allowed to hold property over a man, is scary.  And just so no one thinks this is a Texas thing, Phyllis Schlafly is from St. Louis, Missouri.  So go pick on them if you need a state to ostracize for fighting women rights.

      •  Is this their mantra? because I am not seeing it. (0+ / 0-)

        "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

        by GreenMother on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:52:33 AM PDT

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  •  I really wish someone could explain (9+ / 0-)

    what it is conservative women want. Or maybe the question is whether they realize the consequences of getting what they ask for?

    If they're content to be second class citizens in their own country then they can be if they so choose. I don't choose to be and they don't get to decide for me that I am.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:34:55 AM PDT

    •  Lots of people do not know what they want. (5+ / 0-)

      They only know what they don't want.

      They don't want to spend money they don't have.
      They don't want to disappoint their friends and neighbors.
      They don't want to risk making a mistake.
      They don't want to be selfish.
      They don't want to be ungrateful.
      They don't want to temp fate.
      They don't want to be sick.

      Denial is a cheap alternative.

      http://hannah.smith-family.com

      by hannah on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:16:08 AM PDT

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      •  And this is the lesson that we haven't learned (4+ / 0-)

        yet from the GOP.

        "We're for the minimum wage"

        not

        "We're against big corporations sucking up our taxes for food stamps and welfare to support their low wages."

        Being AGAINST something is not always a bad thing.

        Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreddle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

        by Rikon Snow on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:05:51 AM PDT

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      •  With no thought beyond what (1+ / 0-)
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        they don't want.  No thought to solutions because they are too difficult to devise and implement.  

        Everyone! Arms akimbo! 68351

        by tobendaro on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 04:05:59 AM PDT

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        •  Well, they don't know "how." (1+ / 0-)
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          I'd love to run an experiment and test whether the inability to describe "how" and "why" something occurs is definitive.

          "Why" is not as much of a tell, because they learn, even though they themselves do not ask why as kids, that this word/sound/utterance expects an answer. The tell comes in, if one pays close attention, the likelihood that the answer, while thematically related to a word in the question, is not germain.
          Example: "Why did you go to the store?" "Mom refused to drive me."

          "How" questions either draw a blank or an insulted "I don't know."

          http://hannah.smith-family.com

          by hannah on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 05:40:42 AM PDT

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    •  These conservative women want to feel like (6+ / 0-)

      they are better than the "others" that identify with the Democratic Party.

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:22:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Identifying with an oppressor and using their (2+ / 0-)
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        tactics is nothing new.

        They don't feel oppressed, because they don't know a gilded cage is still a cage.

        "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

        by GreenMother on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:54:21 AM PDT

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    •  The Issue is What Nonconservative Voters Don't (1+ / 0-)
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      get motivated about.

      And that issue would be "the Democratic party in non Presidential years."

      For decades.

      Fool me 20 times, shame on ....

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:47:24 AM PDT

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    •  If they are Evangelicals, it is all about social (5+ / 0-)
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      issues , even if those social issues curtail women's rights.  The harshest, most selfish, most judgmental women I ever met were Right wing Evangelical married women. They think because they are married and they welcome pregnancy and everything else, well to hell with single women.

      I was appalled when a friend of my sister's said to me when it was suspected my sister had ovarian cancer (it ended up not being cancer ) but she said.

      Well ovarian cancer is more prevalent among women who never had children and your sister is single with no kids and God made our uterus for a purpose.
      I told her....
      That is inappropriate to talk about right now. I am not going to get into a religious debate with you at this time as I am  worried sick about my beloved sister who lives so far away and I am at my wit;s end..so do not start this now.

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      by wishingwell on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:52:04 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks Laura nt (1+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:57:54 AM PDT

  •  And GOP will have to impeach Obama (for "cooking (1+ / 0-)
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    the books" on the ACA). Why? To get favorable publicity to distract from Bengazi and the IRS, of course.

    •  Yea there were some baggers with Impeach Obama (1+ / 0-)
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      signs in OKC Metro area this weekend. They didn't look like they got a lot of support. All 6 of them.

      You would think they could find something better to do with their time like campaign finance reform, or better yet getting Glass-Steagall reinstated. But hell, they will let the banks bleed them dry, send all their jobs to sweat shop countries and then complain incessantly that illegal aliens are stealing thur jawbs!

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:59:21 AM PDT

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  •  The Title of this Post Should Read: (12+ / 0-)
    GOP pitch to women: Forget equal pay, let's talk about taking away your Health Insurance.
  •  "But, enought about me. Let's talk (5+ / 0-)

    about YOU.  Tell me, what do YOU think of me!"

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:06:08 AM PDT

    •  4 Letters, One Word, Starts with S, Rhymes with (0+ / 0-)

      ...That's what the GOP thinks of us.

      Assholes.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:00:16 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  so (0+ / 0-)

        is that s1ut or sh!t?  Because if it's the former, rightist men can just stay home Saturday nights with Rosie Palmer and her five daughters.  

        •  I think they should do that anyway (0+ / 0-)

          If they think that the only people who need family planning services are "Harlots" then clearly they are not talking about shits.  :)

          "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

          by GreenMother on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 06:15:38 PM PDT

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  •  republicans are definitely (4+ / 0-)

    convinced that they have a winning issue with the ACA.  I know that some people are complaining loudly but they were and are still complaining loudly about the lack of gun control.

    Why aren't the Democrats being more assertive in letting the public know how many laws the republican house has passed that deprive women of their civil rights?  Why aren't they being louder about the fact that some 85 per cent of Americans wanted gun control and the republicans fought wildly to deny that 85 per cent?


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:07:36 AM PDT

    •  Because so far gun safety has not proven to be (3+ / 0-)
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      a winning election issue.  Gun nuts unfortunately win all too often.  Once those 85% go to the polls and vote for gun safety, then politicians will fall over themselves to jump on board.  The public leads the politicians on most issues, and the public that votes gets what they want

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:25:55 AM PDT

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      •  Most gun nuts are single-issue voters. (5+ / 0-)

        Most people who favor stricter gun laws are not - they see other subjects, e.g., economics or foreign policy or energy issues as important too.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:41:27 AM PDT

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        •  Bill Clinton Credited Gun Control for His 1st (0+ / 0-)

          midterm defeat, more important than Hillary Care.

          We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

          by Gooserock on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:48:42 AM PDT

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        •  Well said SueDe, that sums it up, for instance (0+ / 0-)

          that is a big issue for my liberal husband, that of stricter gun laws but it is not his only issue. He is concerned about other issues like combating voter id laws,  protecting womens health issues,  civil rights issue,  equal pay issues.

          I think you are absolutely correct.

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          by wishingwell on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:55:26 AM PDT

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        •  But most people are not the financially flush (0+ / 0-)

          NRA that can pay someone to lobby our legislature ALL of the time.

          "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

          by GreenMother on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:01:08 AM PDT

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    •  I think this is coming. (2+ / 0-)
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      The ACA insurance for most people is just coming on line.  People, even in red states, will have friends who got insurance or Medicaid or who will just encourage them.  The next open enrollment period comes right before the election, and the GOP will be telling these people not to sign up again?  Good luck with that.

      I really think we have to be patient here.  The Koch Bros are shooting their wad a bit prematurely, perhaps because they realize later in the year dissing Obamacare will be less popular.

      If the Dems run on minimum wage, expanding health care including pushing for the Medicaid expansion in red states, and immigration reform, plus protection for reproductive rights, and couple it with a really solid ground game, I expect the Dems to lose only one or two Senate seats net.  GA is a possible pickup and KY is not out of the realm ofpossibility.  One or two others might become competitive through poor candidates.  

      Don't bet your future on 97% of climate scientists being wrong. Take action on climate now!

      by Mimikatz on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:06:08 AM PDT

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  •  In a rational and sane country, equal pay + (2+ / 0-)
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    minimum wage hike would trump taking away health insurance every time. Sadly, we seem to be neither anymore.  

    Conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less. E.J. Dionne

    by blueyescryinintherain on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:33:00 AM PDT

  •  Women with children are a very vulnerable (4+ / 0-)

    group, so much so that most social safety net programs were driven by Democratic Party concerns about them, everything from food benefits, school lunch programs, Social Security, Medicare (Women still live longer than men here.), Aid to Dependent Children, Medicaid for children.  GOP women think they will never have need of any of these "social programs" until an Argentinian mistress, premature death, or persistent unemployment knock the props out from under them.
    Women who are financially secure (an illusion) need to consider these issues for their daughters, sisters and mothers and all the children of the nation.  But don't ask this of Marsha Blackburn or Virginia "Does anyone know where I am today" Foxx.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:39:19 AM PDT

    •  Marsha Blackburn was interviewed on MSNBC (2+ / 0-)
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      this morning, something about the ACA.  That woman can talk more and say less than any politician anywhere in the country.  She makes Sarah Palin sound almost sane sometimes.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:45:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Exactly some married GOP women think they will (3+ / 0-)

      never need these social programs and neither will their children.  An old friend is waking up to the fact that while she has never needed these social programs and she was able to work or not work, her adult children are struggling and one is on food stamps and medicaid now because her job does not pay well and it is only part time.

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      by wishingwell on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:57:28 AM PDT

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    •  But women who can make ends meet (barely) (2+ / 0-)
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      won't be forced to sell their soul to a church for the bare necessities and then be shamed for being a single mom.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:02:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sorry to nitpick, but - (0+ / 0-)

    the term is "sex," not "gender."  Gender is a social construct.  It's substituted more and more for "sex" because apparently upstanding people aren't comfortable saying that word.

  •  Uhhm, That's a Pollster We're Hearing From. (0+ / 0-)

    Not that Republican pollsters haven't erred in the past, but they're generally the closest association with reality to be found on that side.

    Women shifted to the right in the last midterm 2010, which I suspect was a combination of some real rightward shift plus the general turnout increase of 2010 conservatives with the crash of Dems especially the 08 obama surge voters.

    Health care was the motivator / depressor for women in 2010, it's a very plausible approach for the Republicans this time.

    This time in 2010 the conversation on our side was still dominated by belly laughter at the Republicans.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:51:30 AM PDT

    •  Was it a shift to the right or just a falloff in (0+ / 0-)

      voting by women, particularly young women?  I think there was a documented shift of seniors to the GOP because they thought Medicare would be cut to pay for Obamacare, but I wonder if women, at least those under 50, actually showed a shift or just declined as a percentage of the electorate.

      Don't bet your future on 97% of climate scientists being wrong. Take action on climate now!

      by Mimikatz on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:10:47 AM PDT

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  •  They're banking on the demographics of the midterm (1+ / 0-)
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    as usual.  

    Ds only chance is GOTV of those who don't normally vote in midterms.  Given the track record, and polls showing a 15 pt 'enthusiasm gap', I am no optimistic.

    OTOH, sooner or later targeted GOTV like this year's Project is going to work, and 15 pts is really close to equal in terms of numbers of actual voters, albeit nationwide and not in some of the red states with critical Senate races this year.

    •  Those nonvoters have a lot to lose. (1+ / 0-)
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      There can be very targeted appeals.  African Americans falloff the least, but if the Senate goes GOP there will be an attempt to impeach Obama.  Turnout could impact the GA Senate race and even MS if Daniels dumps Cochran in the GOP primary.  Also MI.

      Women, especially younger women, face a loss of health care generally and reproductive choice specifically.

      A GOP Senate will never pass immigration reform.  Could be the difference in CO and affect GA.

      Nor will it pass minimum wage and it will mess with health care, make it unworkable through the budget, and much of the safety net along with it.

      And of course forget action on climate change with a GOP Senate.

      There really is a lot at stake here.  If we can survive 2014, the 2016 landscape looks as good as 2008 or better.

      Don't bet your future on 97% of climate scientists being wrong. Take action on climate now!

      by Mimikatz on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:18:58 AM PDT

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  •  who is always "crying squirrel" exactly? (0+ / 0-)

    "Look over there at those Dems telling you to look over there!"  
    Good Republican women used to say they asked their husbands how to vote (or pastors).  Now I wonder how many republican men want their wives to earn more to take some of the pressure off them.  I am hoping these "Stepford wife" candidates will run down and fall flat in the face of economic reality.

  •  Single women, single parents are often more open (2+ / 0-)
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    to the Democratic message while too many married women are Republicans. And the thing is a lot of those married women have to work or they are struggling financially or they have disabled children, disabled husband, etc.

    Upper middle class and rich GOP married women often think they and their daughters will never need birth control, health care,  social services.

    In these tough economic times, some of these GOPer married women are finding out that their adult daughters may be struggling to find a job or struggling financially or have a health issue and could not get insurance until Obamacare.

    I think , with time, we will see more married women voting for Democrats due to seeing the struggles of their adult children with jobs so hard to get and the cost of living so high and a lot of college grads having to move back home.

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    by wishingwell on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:00:39 AM PDT

  •  2012 Colorado Women's Alliance was SUCH a success. (0+ / 0-)

    The "It's the economy, stupid!" message seemed so sincere.

    10/17/12: Colorado GOP women fight back against war on women, "extreme" charges

    On that holiday road trip, the Colorado Women's Alliance was conceived. Unveiled a few months later, the group focuses on women's issues, particularly from an economic viewpoint. Other organizations formed, including My Purse Politics and I Am Created Equal.

    Now the network of conservative Colorado women hopes to prevent Democrats from winning the 2012 election by Democrats' painting Republicans as Neanderthals engaged in a war on women. They've enlisted dozens of entrepreneurial women fluent in a variety of topics, from health care to education to federal deficit spending. They've been aggressive and capable in reaching out to media outlets, posting on blogs and using social media to get their message out.

    A key goal? Not to let topics such as birth control overshadow the economy.

    Colorado GOP - Masters of the flip-flop-flap.  There's a reason the Olympics train here.

    "Then why don't all girls belong to unions?" "Well, there's some that thinks it ain't fashionable; there's some that thinks it ain't no use; and there's some that never thinks at all."

    by Cadillac64 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:04:28 AM PDT

  •  I'm surprised. (2+ / 0-)
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    This article completely fails to mention Benghazi.

    Just what are they hiding?

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:08:16 AM PDT

  •  That shouter on Chris Hayes' show last week (2+ / 0-)
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    used the same strategy as the Iowa Senate candidate described in this article--ranted nonsensically about the ACA while repeating the fact of her "motherhood" over and over to distract from the reality that she wants to take insurance away from the less affluent. This coordinated ploy in their line of attack has a Luntzesque quality to it.

  •  Women are dogs? (1+ / 0-)
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    Republicans recognize that this is also the Democratic party’s latest attempt to cry ‘squirrel!
    What a high opinion of voting women Kellyanne Conway has.

    Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

    by bull8807 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:32:01 AM PDT

    •  They also compare us to cows, horses sheep, (0+ / 0-)

      chickens, and on good days Eagles.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:05:04 AM PDT

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  •  "Yes, let's discuss Obamacare as a woman's issue! (3+ / 0-)
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    "Let's talk about how it's no longer legal for a woman to be charged MORE than a man for the exact same insurance coverage - thanks to Obamacare.

    "Let's talk about a woman's children staying on her insurance to the age of 26, in an economy where it's so hard to find jobs (and Republicans refuse to pass jobs bills) - thanks to Obamacare.

    "Let's talk about the huge dent paying out-of-pocket for birth control USED to put in my smaller-than-a-man's-salary-for-the-same-job paycheck, but which is now 100% covered by my insurance - thanks to Obamacare.

    "Let's talk about me suddenly having $550 more per month to pay utilities, rent, and groceries for my family, thanks to the exchanges on Obamacare. Better coverage, and it's almost like I had a raise.

    "...Wait, where are you going?"

    Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

    by gardnerhill on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:44:24 AM PDT

  •  Why do I get the funny feeling that 2016 election (0+ / 0-)

    year is going to hold so many anti-woman planks in the GOP platform, that it will look like a twisted version of a Kama Sutra? Veritable How to instructional guide to screwing the female electorate, complete with pictures and quotable quotes.

    I feel a 2 year migraine coming on.

    "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

    by GreenMother on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:51:24 AM PDT

  •  As a woman, you would want to repeal Obamacare (1+ / 0-)
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    because you like having insurance that isn't required to cover birth control ....or maternity and newborn care.

    You like paying a higher rate for individual coverage..just because you have those lady parts.

    You like having pre-existing conditions excluded.  If you get breast cancer, you like the fact that you'll never be able to buy individual insurance again!

    And you love it that if you develop a serious illness, you'll be able to max out on your insurance coverage. Now your family can go broke paying for your health care....or you can just die. Love those free choices, eh?

    You like having to pay for mammograms out of pocket until you reach your deductible, instead of having them fully covered without copays or deductibles.  Ditto for pap smears.

    In fact, there are a whole litany of things you'd rather pay out of pocket for:

    https://www.healthcare.gov/...

  •  It would be nice (0+ / 0-)

    to hear a reporter ask Joni Ernst, a Senate candidate in Iowa , what is so compassionate about cutting people off of health care , snap, unemployment insurances etc ?  

    I live in eastern Iowa and I can tell you that many older dems still think we need split government , ie dem and GOP ...

    My mother has come to realise this is futile , and stopped voting for any GOP , but we had to clarify things with my one sister , she just does not read about politics enough , once we showed her what they were up to she was convinced , in the past we would vote for a moderate female GOP , now they have their own coded definition for words like " compassionate " , which translates to  " demonize poor people" to the GOP

    Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

    by Patango on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:01:30 AM PDT

  •  'women in this country, who control two out of (0+ / 0-)

    every three health care dollars that are spent and are disproportionately health care consumers and providers…'  They just sunk their own argument. Why would Republicans think women (whom, they admit, spend the most for healthcare) would want to forgo making as much as their male counterparts, when they spend so much more? Let alone forgoing Obamacare, which would make it affordable in the first place? "Pay no attention to that guy in corner who's making alot more than you, ladies..."

  •  GOP singing siren's song of Fascism (0+ / 0-)

    which, unfortunately, appeals to too many people. Notice how anyone disagreeing with them is a socialist or communist? It has worked for them so far. They have the House, the Supreme Court, and possibly the Senate at some point in the near future. All on symbolic, empty rhetoric while screwing the people, taking their unemployment, healthcare, social programs of all kinds.  Their smiling confidence comes partially from knowing their audience and telling them that real patriots do not rock the boat that once made this country a symbol of success. Emphases on once and symbol.

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