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Slate Explains: Democrats to Blame for GOP’s War Against Women

Noble posturingPerhaps you have been concerned lately that maybe the Democrats were not being blamed hard enough for the GOP’s nationwide freakout about ladies, their plumbing, and how sometimes said ladies leave the men who hit them instead of nutting up and trying for once not to burn the goddamn roast. Popular outlet for “contrarian” and plain old “counterintuitive” writers and thinkers Slate is here to help! “Are Democrats in Danger of Looking Too Political on the Violence Against Women Act?” asks the headline. “Yes,” answers the story. Really? Really! Here is the lead paragraph (or “lede graf” in Journalism!) of J. Bryan Lowder’s richly nuanced thinkpiece:

In the “War on Women” that’s been raging these past few months, it’s clear that the Democrats have succeeded in framing the debate in their favor. The GOP—especially in the recent Obama contraception mandate controversy—has been painted as the anti-woman party, and even Republican insiders fear that the misstep could cost them dearly in an election year in which women will represent a significant portion of the voting public.

We shall now unpack this clause by clause: the Democrats have succeeded in their “framing”; the GOP has passively “been painted” as the anti-woman party; and this is an election year in which women will represent “a significant portion of the voting public.” (That last is our favorite; has there not been a “significant” share of women voting since right about 1920?) It’s impossible to tell how much of the voting block women will compose, but it could definitely be upwards of a third, and may even be more than half? (In 2008, 10 million more women voted than men, which is also a “significant portion”!) In other words, dude’s spinning words in sentences of pure shiny gold to make it sound as if he is saying anything, anything at all. Dude is not saying anything at all. Tell us more, J. Bryan Lowder, for we are all ears (and equal parts fallopian tubes and chocolate):

So it’s no surprise that Congressional Republicans were unhappy to learn yesterday that the Democrats, led by the party’s female Senators, have lobbed another lady-themed political bomb their way in the form of pressure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation, which originally passed in 1994, is responsible for funding domestic violence prevention and prosecution programs around the country, and its renewal has traditionally been a popular bipartisan action. This time, however, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have balked at addendums to the bill that would provide temporary visas for battered illegal immigrants and coverage for same-sex couples.

Oh those Democrats, with their constant bomb-lobbing. But what about these “addendums” that the GOP is balking at? Temporary visas for battered illegal immigrants? That does sound bad! Maybe J. Bryan Lowder could illuminate it for us: that currently, if a woman wants to stay in the country, she must stay silent and endure more violence from her abuser? And this addendum offers a much-need fix to that? No, J. Bryan Lowder does not choose to actually discuss why the Democrats would add this poison pill for the Republicans, only the GOP’s perceived optics. And what about those gays? Domestic violence in gay couples is about the same as in straight couples — Lambda pegs it (heh) at 25 percent. But you can see why doing anything about that would simply be unconscionable, because … well, your editrix can’t see why, but maybe your imagination is better.

At the end of the Times piece, Senator Roy Blunt suggests that the new champions of women may be “in serious danger of overplaying their hand,” and I actually think he has a point. While I certainly praise the support that Democrats have displayed for women’s issues in this election cycle, I’m starting to be turned off by the giddiness with which they’ve taken on the mantle of lady defender. I admit that the issue of political tone is small potatoes compared to the very important programs and services at stake in these debates, but I’m still a little uncomfortable with the unequivocal friend-or-foe rhetoric that has come to dominate this conversation.

New champions” of women, check. “Overplaying their hand,” check. “Giddiness with which they’ve taken on the mantle of lady defender,” fuck yeah. Perhaps J. Bryan Lowder has simply been unaware of the batshit insano Terrifying Things that have been coming out of the emboldened statehouses the past few weeks: the Wisconsin members who want to classify single motherhood as abuse; the same Wisconsin folk who this week told women to remember what they loved about their abusive husbands in the first place; the folks in Arizona who want to make it legal for your employer to fire you if you use birth control you paid for yourself; and, why, ever so many more! Perhaps J. Bryan Lowder should start reading Wonkette!

For the sake of victims of domestic violence, VAWA should be reauthorized as soon as possible, but Democrats need to remember that we all know they’re in the midst of a tough election contest, too. Fight the good fight for women, but please, leave the noble posturing at home.

And there you have it. Why Democrats are to blame for the GOP’s War Against Women. Yeoman’s service, J. Bryan Lowder. Truly, sir, well-played. We understand and will try to be better. Concern troll is concerned.

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      1. PuckStopsHere

        All those bastards who took the "W" off their keyboards at the White House in Jan., 2001?

        1. Doktor StrangeZoom

          Or was that the bastards who made that story up out of whole cloth?

          (Haha, of course I know that the distinction is irrelevant! It sure SOUNDS like the sort of thing that we just know the Clintonistas would do, after all, and at this point insisting on mere physical reality is just elitism if one brings it up to Republicans. It's truthy!)

          1. PuckStopsHere

            Holy crap, Dr. Your debunk is from Slate! Which is okay, they used to be better than this. And you are correct. I know the "Wandalism" (I just now made that word up, by the way, not bad, eh?) never happened. I should have put the "stole the W keys" in quotes.

      1. Doktor StrangeZoom

        I honestly never thought to look up that character's first name. I love the smell of nerdy-ass trivia in the early afternoon.

    1. FROTHY

      The British in India, not caring in the least that they created the greatest man-made famine ever?

      The British in Malaya, not caring that they were condemning the natives to the loss of their fragile (and self-financed) infrastructure?

      The Dutch in … oh fuck it. All those murderous, oppressive, colonialist bastards.

  1. Arken

    New Champions of Women… much like the golden age of comics champions, they expect the women to scream when they're in trouble and keep their mouths shut the rest of the time, because when they don't, they get into trouble.

      1. FROTHY

        Well, since we have to protect them from their own stupidity, I'd say the belt across the buttocks is the best. Preferably studded, to inflict maximum pain.

      1. natoslug

        I agree with the Catholics on this one. Which is why I keep a jar by my computer at all times, so I can keep my little guys safe. I had to switch to the jar when I caught my wife tossing out all my used tissues. All those proto-lives wasted! And they called Hitler a monster.

        1. Swampgas_Man

          I follow the same practice, but I just use the carpet under my computer desk. It's getting downright squishy around here!

  2. C_R_Eature

    A new post! Thank you, Rebecca, I was getting tired of vomiting over that Santorum picture.

    1. swordfis

      If Santorum weren't doomed already, that photo would sink him. I hate bullying, but it makes even me want to kick sand in his face.

      1. C_R_Eature

        Bullying is clearly Wrong, but I wouldn't have any problem with an accidental Trip and Dump with a full bucket of stinking Chum.

        That would be fun. "Oooh! So Sorry!!"

    1. Giveusabob

      Indeed. Do pls blame Democrats for managing, finally, to argue over a current issue with some marginal degree of effectiveness

      It happens so seldom, might as well blame everything wrong on this uncommon happenstance.

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        Telling the truth = "forcing the issue"

        It's so damn rude of those Dems; this is totally gonna blow up in their faces! Otherwise gentle husbands will now start beating their wives (just to spite those rude Dems) and their wives will flock to the Republican side, in sympathy.

        Bad move, Dems.

    2. Jukesgrrl

      It seems J. Bryan Lowder has shared his insights of and for the wimmins many times in the past. A google of his name brings up many articles on both straight and gay sexuality that are long on hyperbole and opinion and short on actual research. But I'm sure you could say the same of things I post here.

      1. Gleem McShineys

        Ah, good thing you included the False Equivalency there in that last sentence, or else I'd cite you for Failure To Properly Lowder.

  3. Chichikovovich

    Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have balked at addendums

    All his confused but at the same time tendentious bloviations are bad enough, but not knowing the plural of "addendum" is "addenda"? That goes too far.

    Just wait until you see the verbal chastening Lady Noonan of Fauntleroy will issue him.

    1. C_R_Eature

      Republicans on the Judiciary Committee prefer the pronunciation "addendumemmzizz".
      Please make a note of it.

  4. memzilla

    What a well-written, cogently-argued, and entirely rational article by J. Bryan Lowder this is…

    … for me to poop on! [thanks, Triumph)

  5. Callyson

    While I certainly praise the support that Democrats have displayed for women’s issues in this election cycle, I’m starting to be turned off by the giddiness with which they’ve taken on the mantle of lady defender…Fight the good fight for women, but please, leave the noble posturing at home.
    Yes, Democrats, delicate matters like the ladies' issues should only be discussed in quiet rooms.

    1. SorosBot

      How dare they point out that the Republicans hate women! I guess that's the real misogyny, just like pointing out that racism is racist is the real racism.

      1. Crank_Tango

        The thing is republicans never ever ever ever never ever ever posture politically. That's the thing. It's all about principled principles with those fuckers. Posturing, never.

      2. Doktor StrangeZoom

        It would be ungentlemanly to suggest that there's anything important about this. Please, can't we think about the tone of the discussion? We don't want to sound like a bunch of shrieking GIRLS after all.

    2. FROTHY

      Well, it's not like any of the people discussing this stuff are, you know, LayDeez. I mean, they're not allowed to *attend* or anything, are they?

  6. OrangeLazarus

    And Shame on the Democrats for jumping on this Kony2012 bandwagon! Their white guilt is too uncouth for J Bryan Lowder.

  7. johnnyzhivago

    Actually, the REAL blame for the Republican War on Women is women themselves! If women weren't so damned sensitive about being controlled by Republican men, we could just go back to concentrating on hating blacks, Jews, gays and foreigners.

  8. Biel_ze_Bubba

    "Trying to protect victims of violence" = "Overplaying their hand"

    That this could be an equivalence at all is precisely the problem, and precisely the fault of the GOP's wingtards. ∴ Thesis fail.

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        But did they move The Abortion Series™ to the editorial pages? Like all the other cowardly papers?

        (Actually, it made it more convenient to read that way; all those episodes in one shot.)

  9. donner_froh

    I’m still a little uncomfortable with the unequivocal friend-or-foe rhetoric that has come to dominate this conversation. .

    J. Bryan Lowder's lack of comfort should be the kiss of death to Democratic support of women's programs.

    1. FROTHY

      Someone should point out to him that Teh Wimminz are WAY more uncomfortable about all the vaginal probing the Republizards want to perform on them.

  10. memzilla

    Now, a woman who wrote an article like this would be called a Castrating Bitch.

    What is the male equivalent of this term? Is there even a male equivalent of this term?

  11. jodyleek

    Hey, J. Bryan Lowder (what does the "J" stand for – jackass?), if you could see my uterus it is flipping you the bird!

  12. Texan_Bulldog

    Damn, when do women start getting stoned (the 'getting pelted with rocks' version; not the 'smoking of the ganja' version) again?

    Also wonder if Rebecca gets paid a bonus every time she uses the word 'editrix'…

    1. flamingpdog

      I have a Facebook friend (little sister of an old real friend) who introduced herself to me several years ago as an editrix. I may just have to see if she ever bothered to copyright the term ….

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        I think I remember EB White using the term in re his wife Katherine back in the 40s or 50s.

        There is nothing new under the sun.

    2. SkinnyNerd

      She even stuck a pegging reference in there. I am starting to wonder about her, and I am increasingly distracted by unusual thoughts in these articles.

  13. coolhandnuke

    ….in an election year in which women will represent a significant portion of the voting public….

    Any scribe who aligns such vacuous, porous and banal words, should have his "giddiness" ass report to the mail room to begin a clean Slate.

    1. weej_bain

      The math is hard, but moar than 50% usually equals "a significant portion." This is, however, several steps up in abstract thought from distinguishing shit from Shinola, so Lowder appears to have his thinking cap on.

      1. coolhandnuke

        And every year is an election year. It's just that some elections are more equal than others.

  14. facehead

    Of course Democrats are to blame! Now If you'll excuse me I have to go put on a sweater vest and leave the toilet seat up.

    1. Crank_Tango

      Not for long. Voter fraud etc. Need tough new laws, and mandatory mammogram identification scans and also transvaginal digital probing due to voter fraud.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Funny, I make it point to click on most Wonkette ads (I want my Wonkette to get all those shiny nickels) but I never noticed the pig one until you pointed it out.

      Maybe it's true that "sex sells." Pigs just ain't that sexy.

  15. Chichikovovich

    When journalism schools of the future established in the Chinese protectorates in North America want to understand the late 20th/early 21st century media villager cult that worships political savvy over all else, this bowl of tripe will be at the top of the reading list.

    1. weej_bain

      It is also the roller coaster on which the Repuglican Primary is being run whereby with each lap you get to run on the flip-side of your previous position.

      1. Chichikovovich

        Good observation!

        Möbius Romney: the mathematically simplest example of a non-orientable surface candidate.

    1. Doktor StrangeZoom

      Sure–it's that online publication that I can never remember whether it's Salon or not.

  16. FakaktaSouth

    When did the media become every stupid terrible Mother I know who cares more about what things "look like" than WHAT THEY ARE? Please guys, you report, I'll decide, for real just once, I'm begging you.

    Happy St Patricks Day, y'all, luckily my very white Irish ass needs some global warming 80 degree March sun – I'm gonna go get drunk and knocked up at the lake, as per the code of my people – Irish rednecks. (Not really. Old man got fixed, so all our doing it is a sin now! Yeehaw!) Keep being funny cause I'll need something to read.

    1. MissNancyPriss

      Enjoy Halliburton's gift that keeps on giving – it's pouring rain and 50 here in sunny Cali.

      1. SorosBot

        And it's 70 and bright and sunny here in Philadelphia. In March – but global warming is just a liberal conspiracy!

        1. MissNancyPriss

          I would neve have thunk it when moved to sunny CA from Philadelphia 20 years ago, to escape the slush and the "snow tires" and the wind chill factors. But here we are.

      2. Callyson

        Feeling your pain in Los Angeles…and it does not help that my dog HATES the rain and will NOT go out in it. When this weather happens I have to monitor the radar screen like a hawk looking for breaks in the showers.

        1. SorosBot

          It's just a little rain; you Californians really have been spoiled for a long time, being able to treat rain as if it's not something perfectly normal that happens regularly.

          1. Callyson

            Well, it's true that *I'm* spoiled and should get over it, but my attempts to explain that logic to my dog have failed miserably…he's a real Sun Belt canine. (He would die or something if I were back in my hometown Pittsburgh…)

      3. Lascauxcaveman

        Low 50s, overcast, occasional showers here in the Pac NW. Which means it could be just about any day Sept-Jul. Which it is.

    2. C_R_Eature

      Do have a great day! Oh, and if you hear any Rednecks yell "Hey everyone, watch this!" run like hell.

      1. Loaded_Pants

        That also comes in handy for the 4th of July.
        Scariest 4th I ever experienced was in a trailer park surrounded by drunk rednecks setting off fireworks. I'm surprised they didn't end up burning down their own trailers.

        1. C_R_Eature

          Also too.

          Guns. Homemade explosives. Burning piles of furniture. Alcohol. Drugs. Homemade Exploding Skyrockets. Drunk 4WD off – roading. Chopping down and burning outbuildings. Blowing up melons and vegetables. Spraycan Flamethrowers. Fights. Projectile Vomiting. Inadvertent Nudity. Throwing Goats head at each other.Throwing lawn darts at each other. Police. SOLAS high altitude 3-ball flares. USCG Helo over head. Missing people. People found passed out in ditch in the woods. People falling out of windows/off deck/just falling over for no reason.Propane Potato cannon. Head injuries.
          Raccoons, bats in the kitchen – no one gives a fuck. Snakes.

          Yeah, those were the days.

    3. Texan_Bulldog

      Your husband got fixed? How DARE he not use every damn sperm he has to create life! Duggar Family fail.

    4. flamingpdog

      Predicting a high of 78 in Denver today. Don't forget to get that abortion before coming home from the lake!

    5. donner_froh

      Mid 70s, sunny, light wind from the south for the next several days in the Motor City. Just impossibly lovely–Middle of March her is often a slush festival interrupted by ice storms.

    6. Doktor StrangeZoom

      Pfft. Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody DOES anything about it.

      (Charles Dudley Warner, apparently, and not Mark Twain. I've noticed there are lots of quotations websites, but why isn't there a website that's devoted primarily to miquotations? I see there's a book called They Never Said It…)

      EDIT: I take it back. The site for the Warner quote appears to be devoted to precisely that purpose. And look! They're talking about Rutherford B Hayes and the Telephone… And it turns out that the fake quote goes back to at least 1939, when it was misattributed to US Grant.

      1. HistoriCat

        And WHO was president in 1939?? That's right … history's greatest monsters are all from the Democrat party!

    7. DCBloom

      Irish? I would have guessed Jewish, due to your magnificent use of Yiddish in your handle. Actually makes it funnier.

    8. Designer_Rants

      I'm in AL today (isn't that where you are? Thought that was discussed during the primaries/caucuses/whatever last week). Anyway, seemed nice and warm and sunny to me. Just got to the AL coast, gonna enjoy some R&R w/ the fam, try not to get too lost or step into a gator nest or man-eating snake den or any type of quicksand pit. Maybe even try to have some fun. Anything kid-friendly to do down here? We already saw the donkey show and the children got upset.

  17. Callyson

    I’m still a little uncomfortable with the unequivocal friend-or-foe rhetoric
    Yes, because we should be even handed here–we don't want to be biased or anything. So we should consider the interests of the abusers as well as those of the abused.

    1. memzilla

      Being "even-handed,"of course, means you use the left hook and then the right uppercut when you reprimand your woman — to keep things fair and balanced.

  18. Boojum_Reborn

    Translation: If Democrats don't STFU, they will deserve to get beaten, just like all the other bitches, whores, and sluts.

  19. MadBrahms

    I love the "taken on the mantle" part, as if the Democrats and Republicans are two exclusively male parties fighting over the destiny of those poor, voiceless women. And it pervades the whole damn piece; where the wimmenz at, indeed?

    * The Feinstein quote doesn't count. She appears as an Important Democrat rather than an Important Woman, or anything else for that matter.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      The fact that she has much bigger balls than just about any Republican also brings her femininity into doubt; as a technical matter.

  20. Chichikovovich

    I admit that the issue of political tone is small potatoes compared to the very important programs and services at stake in these debates,

    Yes. This is true. Yet you chose to spend your entire article condemning the people defending those "important programs and services" for displaying too much energy and enthusiasm while doing so. Because what really matters in government is that people should be as cool and "no-steak-just-sizzle" savvy as you pat yourself on the back for being.

  21. Barb

    NEVER again will a man hit me! I will cut his dick off and heave it into the tallest cornfield I can find, seriously.

    1. Giveusabob

      What did a corn stalk ever do to deserve that?

      Might I recommend a soy field instead? Someone needs to put a smack down on all this "Textured Vegetable Protein" nonsense.

    2. flamingpdog

      Lightly salt it, poison it, and send it in a gayly-colored package to J. Bryan Lowder instead, Barb. And my heartfelt apologies for any fellow man that ever laid a hand on you. Well, except in a loving, sexytime way.

    3. C_R_Eature

      Alright, now I'm pissed off!

      Not that you need it, but you have my leave to go all Dolores Claiborne on anyone's ass who touches you. That is All.

      Oh, yeah, then cut off his dick, deep chicken-fry, poison, lightly dust with Thyme and Sage and ship USPS Priority to J. Bryan Lowder.

    4. Lascauxcaveman

      I'm a bit shocked, Barb. Suggesting castration as a suitable response to domestic violence is a bit much, and possibly a violation of our new Wonkette Mom Editrix' Code of Standards.

      Besides, it's much less messy to just smother him in his sleep and chuck the body in a nearby river. You don't have to worry about stubborn bloodstains that way.

  22. SorosBot

    Wait, they want to give visas to abused immigrants? But where are the abusive MRA choads supposed to find submissive victims wives if they can't lure in mail order brides from Asia or eastern Europe and then threaten them with deportation to force them to stay married?

    1. MadBrahms

      And who will protect all of the battered immigrant men, mmm? Where will they go to escape abusive wives who only wish to use them for impregnation and money for shoe purchases? Tyranny! Matriarchy!

    2. Vecchiojohn

      If illegal foreign women don't want to get beat up they shouldn't sneak into the country illigally. It's against the law, goddam it!

  23. coolhandnuke

    J. Bryan Lowder…putting the "J" in jaundicedjizzjerkingjagoffjerkwaterjingoistjuvenilejournalist.

  24. neiltheblaze

    You know – if we keep angering Republicans like this – they might become uncooperative and completely intransigent – and we wouldn't want that, right?

  25. memzilla

    This article has been submitted into the Congressional Record, in its entirety, by Sen. Nelson Muntz [R] as part of his "Stop Hitting Yourself!" bill.

  26. Barb

    "I admit that the issue of political tone is small potatoes compared to the very important programs and services at stake in these debates…"
    Speaking of small potatoes….
    Happy St Patrick's Day, Bitches!
    And for those who celebrate it, Happy Corn Dog Day!
    I'm going to be so pissed if anyone says "happy holidays" to me today. The war on Corn Dog Day has gone too far and I won't put up with it.

      1. Barb

        I agree McMemzilla! If you go Brag-less tonight you will certainly have "the pipes are calling from glen to glen, and down the mountain side"

        1. Lascauxcaveman

          All this going about bragh-less talk is starting to get "Danny Boy" interested, if you know what I mean.

    1. neiltheblaze

      Be sure to wash down the corn dog with Green Beer, and you've touched both vital sacraments in one sitting.

  27. bumfug

    Well, we all know how gullible and illogical the girls can be – all those ruthless Democrats have to do is say that republicans are against women and the giddy little wenches get the fucking vapors based on no evidence whatsoever. Life's not fair!

  28. barto

    Shurnuff them illegals gonna be trading in their anchor babies fer anchor batterers, you bet! Mebbe both fer good mezures…

    1. C_R_Eature

      FEMA has Menstrual Trailers. They're all down in the Gulf, but we're working on kicking out those layabout Katrina refugees.

    2. SorosBot

      You'll be sent off to menstrual huts every time your monthly ladybusiness comes around, because the Bible says the menfolk shouldn't associate with women when they're on the rag.

      1. HistoriCat

        But, but – who will cook and clean while the little woman is off lounging around in her hut?

        1. SorosBot

          Haven't you read your Bible? The slaves will take care of that. And slavery is perfectly A-OK, according to Biblical morality.

  29. Tilley

    The assumption is, of course and always, that "women," as a subset of "human" (never mind that we are the majority), must be patronized, placated, and condescended to in the first place, by the "men" who decided long ago that they the default humanoid form.

    ALL of this crappola makes me want to vomit. Remove your suit of shining armor, get yer laws outa my hoo-hoo and take your clammy patting hand off my head.

  30. Manhattan123

    Thank god Republicans never add unrelated legislation to bills. What a cock-gobbling dick (hope that language doesn't offend Peggy Noonan, who is a cock-gobbling twat by the way.)

    1. commiegirl

      I am pretty sure J. Bryan Lowder actually is gay; he's written extensively about gay and drag culture. So a different "insult" might be in order.

    1. MadBrahms

      What's weird is that he apparently writes about gender and sexuality kind of a lot. It's all fairly mealy-mouthed, but not totally regressive.

      I think he thinks he's doing masculinity studies or something, but his writing just reads like self-important intellectual wankery to me.

  31. BS4Dummies

    Lowders analysis sounds like the improved version of Fox News spin, which is: the "War on Women" is orchestrated by the Democratic Party to sway the voters during the election.

    Only problem with that though, is all the legislation out there has a R stamped on it.

    Funny how he doesn't even know the voting ratio, that more women vote than men, but the transviginal sluts will educate him at the voting booths.

    1. MadBrahms

      The way they see it, this is just like "class warfare". Why are the democrats starting a class war? We were all getting along so well!

  32. Guppy

    Left unsaid is the assumption that the Democratic Party, the one that couldn't find its own ass, two free hands, etc, is capable of "framing" any debate.

    1. Designer_Rants

      Needz moar "Liberal ALEC".

      Seriously, do we have that? I'm thinking like if the ACLU could write awesome, subversive legislation and selling/talking points, drill it into hundreds of Dems across the nation's statehouses, and instead of transvaginal fistings, we could be talking about how those poor 0.00001%ers are getting taxed at 92% on their cap gains and earned income and estates. We'd all be so outraged as state and national deficits eroded and infrastructure investments were funded. JERB CREATRS!!!!!!1

    1. Doktor StrangeZoom

      Indeed. The Gentlelady speaks with the voice of the many. (Though not the common-bitch many, of course)

  33. valthemus

    "…Republican insiders fear that the misstep could cost them dearly in an election year in which women will represent a significant portion of the voting public."

    As part of the great temporal roll-back to Jeffersonian America c. 1800, Republicans had always been planning on taking away a woman's right to vote before installing Michael Reagan as the new puppet emperor of the Great American Republic and declaring war on Canada. C'mon, people! Am I the only one who reads the GOP web site?

    1. flamingpdog

      When little Ricky becomes President and bans internet porn, does that mean no more GOP web site?

    1. C_R_Eature

      Then they masturbated all over it, vandalized it and then yelled at it for being so slutty.

  34. valthemus

    "…you can see why doing anything about that would simply be unconscionable, because … well, your editrix can’t see why…"

    Oh, come now, Rebecca! Encouraging women to leave hurtful hubbies when those gals should be busy being submissive? Promoting same-sex couplings by helping those "people" to "leave" their "bad" "relationships"? And allowing foreign women to stay here and possibly breed? Think of the anchor babies, Rebecca! THINK OF THE ANCHOR BABIES!!

  35. flamingpdog

    Rebecca, next time, before posting, consider the whiplash your blog post may cause. But continue to do right.

  36. Steverino247

    I think the VAWA should be re-named because it confuses police officers occasionally (the stories I could tell you…) and leaves out female on male violence and LGBT issues. The indefinite nature of "dating" causes some troubles, too. For example, if you dated someone for three months in high school and then 20 years later pushed them in an argument after a fender bender, it's a domestic violence incident.

  37. Dashboard Buddha

    So…Dudley is into S&M, Nell is into bestiality, and Savoir Faire is everywhere.

  38. swordfis

    I object to Wonkette stooping to publish pornography; and by pornography I mean Slate. I used to read it for Doonesbury, before I realized the strip was still in the NYT, and it struck me as typical mealy-mouthed scandal-mongering. So Slate, and that morbidly obese individual in the Kony article, who gives me an apnea attack just by looking at him.

  39. Mort_Sinclair

    Your close read, Rebecca, is enough to make an English teacher weep with joy!! I am verklempt. Brava!

  40. Doktor StrangeZoom

    Who is this J Bryan Lowrider fellow anyway, and why isn't he simply writing about the charms of a high-bouncing 1973 Chebby?

  41. Doktor StrangeZoom

    EXCELLENT NEWS: In a rare moment of decency and political courage (and probable political suicide), Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert has vetoed the proposed abstinence-only sex ed bill.

    He will almost certainly not be re-nominated by the Utah Republican convention.

    1. Fukui-sanYesOta

      Sen. Margaret Dayton, co-sponsor of the bill, said she was disappointed the governor hadn’t contacted her to discuss his concerns and said teaching children about contraception is comparable to telling kids not to do drugs, then showing them how to "mainline" heroin.

      because, y'know, it's the same thing really

      1. SorosBot

        That analogy would work if mainlining was a way to get all the enjoyment of heroin without dealing with the addiction or destruction of your health. Guess what, idiot – sex is a good thing, and people should be doing it if they want to, without risk of STDs or unwanted pregnancy.

  42. Schmegeg

    The Republicans also violently oppose the requirement that asshole spin doctors must undergo a transrectal ultrasound

    1. SorosBot

      Well I'd love to make the Spin Doctors undergo a transrectal ultrasound – god that Two Princes was awful, and inescapable back in the early 90s.

  43. Antispandex

    So, OK, so…I'm confused. You are supposed to be in favor of womens rights, and protecting the ladies and others from having the crap kicked out of them, but you just aren't supposed to say that you are…or be proud of the fact that you aren't a cretin? OK, I've got to go now. I just don't get the finer points of politics today. I think I need a black and tan, or two.

  44. DCBloom

    When I was in the 8th grade, i wrote for the school newspaper. I often sounded just like that pompous ass….. all mealy-mouthed, trying to use "big words". In my defense, I was in the 8th grade.

  45. anniegetyerfun

    The funny thing is that this is probably the first time Democrats have successfully gone after Republicans for being complete assholes. Like, ever.

  46. Negropolis

    It's shit like this why Democrats can't have nice things. The minute we're to give the knock-out punch, and the community warns against being too aggressive. There is no such thing as too aggressive with an opposition party that'd sooner crash this nation into the ground than let the other half take control of the reign for a few years. Call me crazy, but how about we let the American people decide if we've "gone too far"? This is the kind of shitty "journalism" that has aided in the political paralysis we find ourselves in.

    This is why I'm not a member of either party or student of any one ideological school of thought, if even I sympathize with some more than others.

  47. fitley

    Let's get Dana Loesch to piss on him. We'll just tell her he's a dead afghan. Who's got the roofies?

  48. aklibtard

    This is the sort of thinking that pisses me off at liberals. They act like abused spouses. "He's doing some really bad things, but I better not complain too much. Don't want to be seen as a whiner…". Good fucking call. The GOP is full of misogynist fucktards, but Dems shouldn't push them too hard on it. It'd look bad.

  49. Ducksworthy

    "Senator Roy Blunt suggests that the new champions of women may be “in serious danger of overplaying their hand,” and I actually think he has a point." Sooo. Is "point" some sort of beltway euphemism for "penis"?

  50. WiscDad

    I love a good Blunt myself…had one last night in fact while sipping a wonderful IPA…ahhh…fire in the chimenea, cold beer, Philly Blunt….life is good

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