Well WHAT should we talk about today?
I haven’t yet watched
the debate; I had dinner with three fantastic female friends instead. But it
only took one post-cocktail phone-check to hear about the “binders.”
I find his later comment about being flexible so women can go home and cook
dinner much more repugnant. I also don’t think it’s news that a) he sucks on
women’s issues, and b) he sucks at talking about it. But Bindergate puts public
attention back on these issues, which is great, and it’s led to some handy
round-ups of the facts on Romney’s record on women.
First, read today’s blog post from Rachel Maddow. (She’s a
woman, but she already has a job, so she wouldn’t be in a binder. She works
late sometimes though. But she doesn’t have a husband. Hmm. Perhaps in the next
debate, Bob Schieffer can ask Romney which came first, the demanding job or the
Then go to http://bindersfullofwomen.com/.
(Gosh someone put that up fast. Probably in all that spare time after doing the
dishes and putting the kids to bed.)
So this happened today.
“She… was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.” – Todd Akin re Claire McCaskill’s debate performance
It also happened last year.
“You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!” – Allen West re a speech made on the House floor by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, July 2011
And the year before that.
“I’ll treat you like a lady. Now act like one.” Arlen Specter, re Michelle Bachman interrupting him, January 2010
I’ve decided to stop looking.
Here’s an interesting exercise. Google “not a lady” and “not a gentleman” (with the quotes.) Take note of how many results, comparatively, are personal attacks.
Easy. In Virginia, first Governor Bob McDonnell signs a law that says abortion clinics will be subject to the same regulations as hospitals. (Not outpatient clinics that do things like plastic surgery or oral surgery, mind you, just abortion clinics.)
Then you pass a bunch of regulations for new hospital
construction (like minimum hallway widths and specific ventilation systems),
and remove the clause that exempts existing hospitals.
Voila! All 20 abortion providers in Virginia will have to
make costly renovations, endangering their ability to continue operating.
The Virginia Board of Health didn’t want to do it. When they
passed the regulations in June, they grandfathered in the existing clinics. But
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli threatened the Board with legal and financial
consequences if they failed to remove the exemption, and for good measure,
Governor McDonnell appointed a new Board member – Dr. John Seeds, vice chairman
of the anti-abortion group OBGYNS for Life. Lo and behold, they got what they
Google ‘Virginia’ ‘Cuccinelli’ ‘abortion’ to learn more.
Oh dear. Todd Akin’s wife has made an unfortunate comparison.
She says the pressure on her husband from party leaders to drop out is akin (ha) to – wait for it – rape.
Specifically, it’s like British soldiers raping early American colonists. Anti-American rape. And isn’t that the most legitimate kind?