Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. On Dec.5, the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner said,”"[We're] trying to get them to be a little more sensitive,” Boehner said of fellow Republicans at a press conference. “You know, you look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican conference. And some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be.”
The Republican Congressional Committee is training candidates on how to “message” with women. Apparently, the Republican leadership thinks that their candidates should talk like Todd Aiken trying to explain the relationship between pregnancy and legitimate rape.
Of course, the Republicans aren’t trying to make their candidates actually more sensitive to women’s issues, they just want them to sound a little less piggish. By doing so, the Republicans simply show how piggish they are. They obviously believe that if they just talk nicer, then the dumb women will vote for them. In the Republican mind, women don’t vote Democratic because Republicans are always introducing transvaginal ultrasound bills, it’s because Republicans don’t “appear” to be sensitive enough.
So, when Republicans in the Michigan legislature try to pass a bill requiring women to purchase separate insurance if they want to have an abortion because they’re a victim of rape or incest, they’re not being anti-women, they’re being sensitive. Republicans in at least 20 states are trying to pass legislation to keep women from using their own insurance to pay for an abortion.
The Republicans’ problems with female voters go far beyond their bedrooms and bodies, although they are still trying to keep insurance companies from having to cover contraception on religious grounds. I have written often about the Republican House trying to cut food stamps by $40 billion. Who gets hurt the most by those cuts? Why women and their children, of course.
If Republicans were actually sensitive to women they certainly wouldn’t oppose equal pay for women. But, they do. Since women are much more likely to work for the minimum wage, why are the newly sensitive Republicans opposed to raising the minimum wage?
So, Mr. Boehner, seriously, you don’t know why there are way more women in the Democratic Caucus than the Republican Congress? It ain’t a lack of sweet talkin’.