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California Tea Party Wants Women To “Stay Home” For Special Election

California Tea Party Wants Women To “Stay Home” For Special Election

Well, at least they are honest.† With a massive fundraising lead, the Republicans are pretty sure that Tea Party candidate Craig Huey can’t win during Tuesday’s special election unless they can convince key Democratic voters to stay home.

So, they’ve decided to target the women.

A new radio ad put out by the National Republican Trust PAC, the only conservative help Huey has received so far in this special election, is attacking Hahn as a “career politician” who is “bringing up abortion” even though people are more interested in the economy.† Of course, the ad doesn’t mention what exactly Hahn is saying about Huey and abortion — that he wants to end a woman’s right to choose and that he called Planned Parenthood an “abortion mill,” two stances most of the voters in the district are pretty likely to disagree with.

So why are they being coy about it, and why do they not mention either candidate’s party affiliation?

Because, as the group’s fundraising letter notes, they want to convince women not to vote.

Politico reports:

Scott Wheeler, executive director of the PAC, writes bluntly that the ad’s aim is to depress turnout among supporters of abortion rights.

“We have a ‘girl next door voice’ reading our ad attacking the pro-abortion Hahn even though this is a heavily weighted pro-abortion district. We want the pro-abortion voters that would certainly support the liberal Hahn to STAY HOME! By making the point that the ECONOMY and not abortion is the key issue, we can discourage Democrat voters and drive them away from the liberal Democrat candidate,” Wheeler argues.

“Click NOW to LISTEN TO OUR NEW RADIO AD that is driving key independent voters AWAY from the liberal Democrat candidate. If we drive enough voters away from the Democrat we will win this race. This ad can do it but we need your help to keep it on the air until Tuesday!” he pleads.

But it’s not just “supporters of abortion rights.”† It’s women.† That’s why they used a “girl next door voice,” and that is who this ad is targeting.† The Tea Party wants women to not vote.

That must be those “original constitutional values” they are always talking about.

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8:09PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Course they do, does that surprise anyone?

7:01PM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

As Forrest Gump's mama used to say, "Stupid is as stupid does."

6:43PM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

People need to educate themselves about candidates so they will know what they actually stand for, rather than believing ads at face value.

7:59AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

I thought Charlene meant that tea party women such as Bachmann were, simply by running for high office, regardless of what they stand for politically, helping the advancement of women. But if Lika is correct that Charlene meant that tea party women SHOULD BE helping the advancement of women, then I apologize for misconstruing what she was saying.

1:20AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Women in general want the Tea Party to stop being afraid of those of us who are independent, smart, and can debate ourselves out of a paper bag. We are not scary monsters who want all women to have repeated abortions and we don't hate men. We are normal people who believe that women are just as capable of men to make up our own minds, and not need permission to think.

Joan, Charlene is agreeing with you that the Tea Party isn't getting it... Feminism wants equality for ALL women, even those who are part of the backward peddling republicans such as Sarah Palin. Yet Ms. Palin wants us to have husband approval.

6:06PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Well, you should all be glad that these stupid, ignorant little Tea Party tarts will not show up to vote for the Tea party..They are actually shooting themselves in the foot.
This is the ultimate of their stupidity! More votes for the Democrats....haha.This actually hysterical!

6:30AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

It seems to me that the Teaparty and religious right candidates know in their hearts that they have nothing good to offer, so they have to use subterfuge and deceit.

6:26PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

In follow-up to my last comment,
I guess that female Tea Party/Republican/CONservative supporters really believe that women who have abortions should suffer as punishment for their sin of getting pregnant. So, what about the men who get these women pregnant. It seems they're totally off the hook, but that's ok right? Well, it is a male-dominated society after all, isn't it. So, men can spill their seed all over and with whomever they choose, and that's totally ok; but, for those women who are unfortunate enough to get pregnant by an irresponsible male who wants nothing to do with them afterwards, well, they should have known better, right? Well, I guess that should apply to Sara Palin's daughter, Bristol, too then shouldn't it? Imagine, by her own admission, being stupid enough to get drunk and have sex with an irresponsible male. I don't think that either Sara or Bristol have any right to say anything on this matter. They are hardly puritanical and illustrial role models themselves. But, oh yes, they cast their stones, and in Bristol's case, yes she (and her mother) do hold the male who got her pregnant accountable -- in fact, most ironically, in this case, it would appear that he was more accountable than Bristol because, low and behold, she was drunk when the 'deed' took place. (A real case of the pot calling the kettle black.) But these women stand in judgment of other women who get pregant by irresponsible men, and they'd deny those women an abortion. They t

6:12PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

I agree with Cheryl L, and am totally confounded as to how any woman could possibly support this self-serving Tea Party move. However, it appears that a good number of Tea Party members are pathetically stupid -- how else could they think that their corporate backed party is actually grassroots? They don't want to pay more taxes to have a good medicare system because that would oppose their preference to pay excessive $ to insurance companies for health benefits plans that they will likely never really benefit from. And that's exactly how stupid these poor excuses for human beings are.

Wow! These same people are totally anti-Muslim (and absolutely racist); however, they deny rights to women, which is something that people criticize Muslims for. How ironic. It's crazy to think that women could actually be mysogynistic, but it appears that female members of the Tea Party are, quite obviously including Sara Palin. They are actually totally ok with men determining what women should do with their bodies. Well, my 83 year old aunt and former nurse told me that she remembers seeing a woman who had gone through an abortion that had been done using the barbaric methods at a time before abortion was made legal (in Canada). She said that after seeing that case, she would never want to see another woman have to go through something like that. But it seems that many of these Tea Party women (and female CONservative suppoters) in Canada would. Oh, I guess they think the suff

9:28AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Frank Y. What the heck? so if you are poor and need help you are vermin? I bet you think it is OK for buisness not to pay taxes, export jobs out of the country, and polute the world why doing it. Geez when I grow up I want to be just like you a ignorant ritch white man that sees no use for any one but then selves. Is this how you want people to treat your Wife and Daughter?

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