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Rand Paul Says Women “Won” the War on Women, Except Apparently Hillary Clinton

Rand Paul Says Women “Won” the War on Women, Except Apparently Hillary Clinton

Ladies, good news! There may have been a war on women, possibly. But don’t worry, it’s over now.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says you won.

You would think that “winning” the war on women, we would have walked away with a few prizes. You know, maybe equal pay for equal work? Gender parity in representation in Congress or in our state legislatures? A few more female CEOs at the helm of the country’s Fortune 500 companies? More generous and flexible parental leave policies so we and our partners can be equally committed to our work lives and our families, and the ability to access the medical services we need to ensure our families are exactly the size we want?

Even, dare we hope, a female president someday?

No, Sen. Paul is fairly certain that women have achieved true equality. After all, the women in his family are doing just fine.

“This whole sort of war on women thing, I’m scratching my head because if there was a war on women, I think they won,” the Tea Party Republican told Meet the Press, according to Think Progress. “You know, the women in my family are incredibly successful. I have a niece at Cornell vet school, and 85% of the young people there are women. Law school, 60% are women. In med school, 55%. My younger sister is an OB-GYN with six kids and doing great. I don’t see so much that women are downtrodden. I see women rising up and doing great things. In fact, I worry about our young men sometimes because I think the women are outcompeting the men in our world [...] The women in my family are doing great. That’s what I see in all the statistics coming out. I have, you know, young women in my office that are the leading intellectual lights of our office. So I don’t really see this, that there’s some sort of war on women that’s, you know, keeping women down.”

First off, it’s wonderful that the women in Sen. Paul’s family are doing so well. I’m sure that being a political, wealthy family with an enormous amount of financial, power and racial privilege had absolutely no bearing on any of the opportunities or successes that they have experienced. Sadly, not every girl in America is born into such fortunate circumstances, making it much more likely that she will fall into the vast percentage of those who experience wage discrimination, find themselves unable to finish their education because of lack of funds or an unplanned pregnancy, are unable to access jobs in politicians’ campaigns and offices because they are called upon to care for their siblings, parents or children making them unable to further their careers.

Sen. Paul may not be able to see gender discrimination in his family, but he doesn’t need to look too far to find it, even in his own privileged political sphere. And that discrimination is being committed by the Republican Senator himself. In that same Meet the Press appearance where he declared the war on women is over, and that we won, he then also stated that 2016 presidential hopeful, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton is unfit for the White House because of her husband’s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky while he was serving as president. He even argued that former President Clinton’s “predatory behavior” reflects on his wife because “sometimes it’s hard to separate” Bill and Hillary Clinton.

It’s outrageous that Sen. Paul would in the same media appearance say that women have ascended and exceeded their male counterparts, then turn around and use a potential female candidate’s husband’s actions to call her unfit. Even better is the idea that Sen. Paul is actually, with a straight face, condemning former Secretary Clinton for a “predatory” husband, considering his own questionable past. After all, what is kidnapping a college co-ed, removing her from her room blindfolded and bound, attempting to force her to do illicit, illegal drugs, and then taking her to a creek to “worship” a made up fraternity deity if not “predatory” behavior as well?

The idea that Hillary Clinton should somehow be disqualified from the office of the presidency because of an act committed by her husband on its own is absurd. That she be condemned by someone with his own obvious issues with women and control, someone who obviously considers himself a sterling example of what a presidential candidate should be, is even more ridiculous.

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5:51PM PST on Feb 9, 2014

Rand Paul should be a janitor and not worried about women's issues.

3:29PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Today I learn that Representative Rand Paul is pushing an amendment to a postal reform package bill to allow guns in post offices. Isn't it bad enough that postal employee go postal from time to time now we need armed postal patrons to join in the crossfire. It is an attempt to undermine federal laws prohibiting guns in federal offices. Rand Paul whose website features a horses ass is more of a horses ass than even I had imagined. How's about an amendment to remove the Capitol police force and metal detectors and allow firearms in Congress. That way Paul and the gun lobby can undermine federal gun laws and place his ass in the firing line so that American citizens who visit their elected representatives who have an approval rating lower than dog pooh can express their feelings in a more dramatic and violent way. It might be a way to clean up Congress once and for all albeit a bloody way.

11:20AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

(cont'd)

The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that has occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 17, 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement. The term Watergate has come to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration. Those activities included "dirty tricks" such as bugging the offices of political opponents and people of whom Nixon or his officials were suspicious. Nixon and his close aides ordered harassment of activist groups and political figures, using the FBI, CIA, and the Internal Revenue Service. The scandal led to the discovery of multiple abuses of power by the Nixon administration, articles of impeachment [1] and the resignation of Republican Richard Nixon, the President of the United States, on August 9, 1974—the only resignation of a U.S. president to date. The scandal also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration of 43 people, dozens of whom were Nixon's top administration officials]]]]

how was she being a bully.

11:19AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Debbie T
“She was a bully and a liar during the Watergate investigations and has not change one bit except to hone in her deceptions and lies!”

first off Hillary didn't become involved in the Watergate scandal until a few months before it ended.

[[[In the spring of 1974, Rodham became a member of the presidential impeachment inquiry staff, advising the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives during the Watergate Scandal. After President Richard M. Nixon resigned in August, she became a faculty member of the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville, where her Yale Law School classmate and boyfriend Bill Clinton was teaching as well.
(cont'd above)

11:18AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Joseph B.
“In exchange for your freedom, Clinton and the Democrat Party are only too willing to step in and micromanage their lives - But the plus is they will get taxpayer provided contraception and abortion- Some freedom if you ask me, especially if you pay taxes!”

oh gee let me 'think', “taxpayer provided” contraception and abortion, as opposed to forced transvagnial probes, forced to give birth (even if you're raped, experience incest, or 'dead'), denial of contraception etc... wow, such a difficult choice.... not. I find it interesting that some men have no problem with “taxpayer provided” viagra, cialis etc. that helps them impregnate women, and yet tantrum like spoiled 3 year olds at the thought of helping women not become pregnant from male drug induced boners. one might conclude that you're just pissed because you're unable to impregnate women who are use contraception. is that your goal?

10:51AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Joseph B.
“In exchange for your freedom, Clinton and the Democrat Party are only too willing to step in and micromanage their lives - But the plus is they will get taxpayer provided contraception and abortion- Some freedom if you ask me, especially if you pay taxes!”

oh gee let me 'think', “taxpayer provided” contraception and abortion, as opposed to forced transvagnial probes, forced to give birth (even if you're raped, experience incest, or 'dead'), denial of contraception etc... wow, such a difficult choice.... not. I find it interesting that some men have no problem with “taxpayer provided” viagra, cialis etc. that helps them impregnate women, and yet tantrum like spoiled 3 year olds at the thought of helping women not become pregnant from male drug induced boners.

PJ C
“Debbie T. - Hillary was 6 years old when Republican Richard Nixon started the Watergate scandal. I'll admit she may have been precocious as a child but it seems highly unlikely that a 6 year old could have contributed in any way possible.

May one inquire who told you she did? I'd suggest you'd be well served to not believe much they say to you.”

she was 25, even so, Debbie probably heard it on faux noise.

[[[persons under the age of 25 from serving in the House and persons under the age of 30 from serving in the Senate.]]]]

10:10AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

7:15AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

I flagged spammer!

10:03PM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Rand, honey, if the war on women was over and we really HAD won, you'd be flipping burgers at McDonald's. It ain't over until the tea-publicans surrender, vacate office, and crawl back under the slimy rocks from whence they slithered.

6:37PM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Oh goody, I'm an official idiot. Being tired I subtracted her age from 1972 - Watergate - instead of her birthday. She was 25 though still not a Republican. Apparently when it comes to math I'm far from a good source of information and I apologize profusely.

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