CAUGHT ON TAPE: The GOP’s Women Problem


Written by Jeff Spross

In a combative speech on the Senate floor this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called a Democrats’ accusations that the GOP is waging a war on women “phony,” “outlandish,” and a distraction.”

McCain’s remarks, typical of GOP rhetoric on the issue, sweep aside the reality of the last few months. ThinkProgress compiled this video report:

The latest example, and the context for McCain’s remarks, was today’s vote on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The bill passed 68-31, with every “nay” vote coming from a Republican man. The five female GOP senators voted for the re-authorization.

But before that, there was, of course, the overwhelming Republican opposition to the White House’s attempt to improve women’s access to contraception, Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic rants against Sandra Fluke, the Republican amendment to allow employers to deny women contraception for any moral reason, Herman Cain’s suggestion that women have an inferior understanding of policy, Republican governors’ support for mandating medically unnecessary ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, Mitt Romney’s silence on the Lilly Ledbetter Act, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s repeal of that state’s equal pay laws, and the general denigration within both Republican political ranks and the right-wing media-sphere of women’s ability to ably serve in the military. ThinkProgress has compiled the video report.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Bill R.-It is nice to see that you took a big old handful of your crazy pills this morning. That was one of the most laughable posts I have ever read. Now why don't you run on over to the Fox news website. They just love crazy over there!

Bill Reese
Bill Reese4 years ago

Wake up America it is the Obama administration that is allowing Sharia law to creep into the United States and that law make women second class citizens. It is Obama and his DOJ that allowed the beating of a wife, and the next thing you will see is the killing of or stoning of women who are unfaithful to their husbands.

The Republicans are not for Sharia Law and we need to elect Republicans to get rid of Obams's idea of Sharia law being implemented as he has allowed in Dearborn Michigan.

Don H.
Don H4 years ago

Bill, I didn't think you could write a post as ridiculous as the last one but you have proven me wrong!

So Obama has Marxist policies? Name one.

Obama is not even a liberal, let alone a socialist or Marxist. You would already know this, Bill, if your information sources weren't so terribly flawed.

I wish Obama was more liberal on some key issues.

I understand it's a bit nuanced for you, Bill, but liberal and socialist do not equate communist or Marxist.

Wanting to return the tax rates to those of the 1990s does not equal communism.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Bill-I am going to ignore the rest of your meaningless rant of right wing "in the bubble" talking points and simply comment on you and the right's obsession with Obama appointing "czars."

Regarding presidents appointing czars, This is from Wikipedia, "The trend began again in earnest when President Richard Nixon created two offices whose heads became known as "czars" in the popular press: drug czar in 1971, and especially energy czar in December 1973 referring to William E. Simon's appointment as the head of the Federal Energy Administration."

The whole appointig "czars" is a Republican thing Nixon did it, Reagan did, both Bush's did it but somehow when President Obama does it, in the minds of you right wing lunatics, it becomes some sort of "socialist plot to destroy America." You folks are just demented and have no rationale basis in reality.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese4 years ago

There sure is no war on women, in fact some of the best minds in the country are GOP Women. My own daughter works for a company that keeps promoting her and she is making almost as much as the 39+ Czars of Obama's that do nothing. Women can get all the free pre-natal care they need, free contraception that they need and there is a war on 'Women, who are you jokers kidding.
Women are the back bone of America and they will defeat Obama and his marxist policies. Condoleasa Rice was the best woman Secretary of State this country has had in the past 50 years.

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran4 years ago


Arild Warud
Arild W4 years ago

Yet more BS from the GOP.

Don H.
Don H4 years ago

Kevin B, me too. I'm a gun owner.

Most of their anger is directed toward outright mythology. That's what Fox "News" will do to the brain.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Don H.-The gun thing is another one of those totally crazy right wing lies. I am a gun owner (yes some of us liberals are gun-toters) and President Obama has done nothing to limit or restrict gun ownership, but the right wing has been screaming that Obama and the U.N. is trying to "take our guns." It is just more proof that the right wing has dropped off the cliff of sanity.

Don H.
Don H4 years ago

And Bill, the Republicans are waging war on women.

This is perfectly obvious to anyone that doesn't watch Fox "News" and listen to Rush Limbaugh.