Last week we had Todd Akin and his comments about women’s bodies having the ability to “shut that whole thing down” in reference to conception in the case of rape. This week we have Tom Smith, a Pennsylvania congressional candidate, saying that having a baby out of wedlock is comparable to rape.
Mitt Romney is now trying to crawl out from under the avalanche of anti-woman commentary his fellow party members keep forgetting to bite their tongues over by arguing that women don’t really care about these trivial social issues anyway.
“I think the issues women care about are the issues that our campaign is focused on, which is, No. 1, making sure that women and their kids and other members of their family are able to have good jobs,” Romney said.
Noted. Thanks, Mitt.
Romney’s implication imply that women only care — or should only care — about the economy and are unable to multitask and have opinions about both issues is perplexing. And even if that were all women care about, did Romney have their best interests at heart and support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act or the Violence Against Women Act? The answer is no.
Still, at the convention this week, the GOP wants to push all those issues out of view and focus women’s attention on — what else? — martinis and makeovers! It’s called the “woman-up” salon, and it serves a drink called “woman-up-tinis” and offers complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups. There will also be a women’s suffrage exhibit they can peruse while their sipping their Grey Goose martinis and making sure their lip liner is applied evenly.
“It’s a place where women can come relax, chill out, learn a little suffrage and do a little work,” says Mary Anne Carter, who organized the event and is a former chief policy adviser to Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
So let’s raise our glasses, girls, to learning a little suffrage, drinking some woman-tinis and celebrating the fact that we even have the right to vote!
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