They must think Women are Really Stupid

Unless Harvard MBA math is radically different from the math taught in this universe, the Romney campaign must have decided that women are really gullible and stupid.  They realize they have a gender gap and have decided giving us bad math and no answers is the answer.  The Republican moves to regain ground with women are akin to an ad campaign coming from the writers of Mad Men. It’s a blast from the stereotype past.  Not only is the ad lame and dated, but it doesn’t hold up to fact checking and questioning which is very easy to do on today’s internet database.  Etcha Sketch positions and lies don’t cut it with most of the women I know.

First, we learned Romney keeps in touch with women by sending his wife–the great white rich huntress–out to stalk the elusive beasts that are rare animals in the world of venture and plunder finance. How does Romney answer questions about women’s concerns?

Virtually every time, Romney answers by invoking his wife of 43 years, and reports what’s she’s told him about what women want.

“She reports to me regularly that the issue women care about most is the economy, and getting good jobs for their kids and for themselves,” Romney told the Newspaper Association of America on Wednesday. “They are concerned about gasoline prices, the cost of getting to and from work, taking their kids to school or to practice and so forth after school. That is what women care about in this country, and my vision is to get America working again.”

A few days earlier in Middleton, he was asked how he’d counter the Democrats’ narrative on contraception. He prefaced his answer this way: “I wish Ann were here … to answer that question in particular.”

Then, we saw Republican Fembots out on the talk circuit–Nikki Haley being one–to say that women really want good jobs for their sons and don’t care at all about their health concerns like pregnancy prevention and access to mammograms for women without private health insurance.

During an appearance on ABC’s The View, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Haley how conservatives could make the case that Republicans represent the interest of women.

“All of my policy is not based on a label,” Haley remarked. “It’s based on what I’ve lived and what I know: Women don’t care about contraception. They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all of those things.”

Then, they send Prince Reibus to the chat spin zone who says the War on Women was a campaign ploy with as much validity as a War on Caterpillars after we’ve endured about two years with of laws to defund Planned Parenthood, remove state equal pay laws, and block women’s constitutional right to access abortion, birth control, and health care in general. Then there are the Ryan spending priorities which hit women, the elderly and children hardest while giving millionaires more tax breaks.  Here’s a few headlines just to remind you what they’ve been up to the first two weeks of April alone.  Notice that the list of restrictions aimed at women are aren’t exactly coming from the most blue states with Democratic Governors.   Don’t forget Romney has vowed to get rid of Planned Parenthood and Title X and supports the Blunt Amendment.

The Los Angeles Times: Mississippi could close state’s sole abortion clinic, by Richard Fausset

ABC News: Texas Teacher Fired for Unwed Pregnancy Offered to Get Married, by Christina Ng

USA Today: Ariz. House OKs bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, by Alia Beard Rau

WEAU-TV: Controversial abortion bill among several Walker quietly signed into law, by Aaron Dimick

ACLU press release: ACLU and Women’s Health Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Vital Health Services in Oklahoma

Let’s put that in perspective for the years 2011 and 2012 to date.

“We’re looking at about 430 abortion restrictions that have been introduced into state legislatures this year, which is pretty much in the same ballpark as 2011,” says Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy group that focuses on health and reproductive rights. This year, Nash says, “is shaping up to be quite busy.”

Keep in mind, 2011 was already a watershed year for abortion restrictions: States passed 83 such laws, more than triple the 23 laws passed in 2010. And much of that had to do with the 2010 election, when Republicans gained control of many state legislatures. With the political makeup of state capitols unchanged, lawmakers are continuing to put more limits abortion.

The latest Romney lie should make Romney’s nose reach all the way around the world to touch the back of his head. Romney just doesn’t spin a story to his advantage, he makes things up from whole cloth.  This time he’s playing numbers games with unemployment statistics.

Mitt Romney’s campaign wants you to know that the same president who argues for contraceptive coverage and suggests that a Congress with more female members would get more accomplished has also presided over disproportionate job losses among women.

On April 6, 2012, Romney’s press secretary Andrea Saul tweeted, “FACT: Women account for 92.3% of the jobs lost under @BarackObama, a claim also made on Romney’s website.

She followed it up a few hours later with this: “@BarackObama touts policies for women & 92.3% jobs lost under him r women’s. He’s even more clueless than we thought.”

When we asked for backup for the claim, the campaign cited national employment figures spanning four years. We found that though the numbers are accurate, their reading of them isn’t.

Here is the real bottom line from PolitiFact.

… if you count all those jobs lost beginning in 2007, women account for just 39.7 percent of the total.

Romney denies that his gender gap is due to the many laws passed recently to restrict women’s civil liberties and rights.

As the Republican field winnowed Tuesday, Mitt Romney made an appeal to a voting bloc key to any candidate’s success in November: women.

Though the day’s headlines revolved around a decision by former Sen. Rick Santorum to suspend his campaign, Mitt Romney barreled forward with a push against Democrats as to who could best appeal to female voters.

Speaking at a Delaware structural steel factory, Romney responded to Democratic claims his party had waged a “war on women” and alienated female voters. Romney turned the argument around, accusing President Barack Obama’s administration of failing working women.

“The real war on women has been the job losses as the result of the Obama economy,” he told an audience in Wilmington, saying women had lost 92.3% of jobs lost under the Obama administration.

Romney said his private sector career had helped him understand what women worry about: jobs and the economy.

“If we’re going to get women back to work and help women with the real issues women care about – good jobs, good wages, a bright future for themselves, their families, and their kids, we’re going to have to elect a president who understands how the economy works, and I do.”

I would argue that understanding the unemployment  rates would be one of them.   So given that, wouldn’t you think Romney would know what he thinks about the Lilly Ledbetter Act and its status as Obama’s signature law to help women and pay?  This happened this morning. 

Given that Tea Party/Koch Puppet Governor Walker of Wisconsin just repealed his state’s equal pay act, you think some one in the Romney campaign would realize it’s an important question for women who work.  Obviously, the DNC and the Obama campaign have already asked the question.

The Democratic National Committee chairwoman called out Republican Gov. Scott Walker today for repealing Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, a law intended to lower the cost for plaintiffs suing employers for pay discrimination.

“He tried to quietly repeal the Equal Pay Act. Women aren’t going to stand for that,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The law allowed for victims to sue employers in state court which is often less expensive than filing in federal court.

The Republican controlled state Senate passed the measure in November, followed by passage in the state Legislature in February. Walker then repealed it Thursday.

“The focus of the Republican Party on turning back the clock for women really is something that’s unacceptable and shows how callus and insensitive they are towards women’s priorities,” the Florida congresswoman said.

National Republicans have yet to comment on the Wisconsin repeal but the Obama campaign has seized the opportunity to tie Walker’s law to Mitt Romney, who has argued that women voters in 2012 only care about pocketbook issues.

“Does Romney think women should have ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?” Obama campaign representative Lis Smith said Friday.

This sounds a lot like Romney’s journey to the Blunt Amendment this year.  First, Romney says no state is trying to make birth control illegal, then he says that birth control is a private issue, then, he supports the intrusive Blunt Amendment within the hour of not supporting it.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday he opposed Senate Republicans’ effort that critics say would limit insurance coverage of birth control, then reversed himself quickly in a second interview saying he misunderstood the question.

Romney told Ohio News Network during an interview that he opposed a measure by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., that was scheduled for a vote Thursday. “I’m not for the bill,” Romney said before urging the interviewer to move on.

Romney later said he didn’t understand the question.

“Of course I support the Blunt amendment. I thought he was talking about some state law that prevented people from getting contraception so I was simply — misunderstood the question and of course I support the Blunt amendment,” Romney later told Howie Carr’s radio program in Boston, noting that Blunt is his campaign’s point man in the Senate.

Just hours earlier, ONN reporter Jim Heath asked Romney about rival Rick Santorum and the cultural debate happening in the campaign and the legislation proposed by Blunt and co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

“He’s brought contraception into this campaign. The issue of birth control — contraception, Blunt-Rubio — is being debated, I believe, later this week. It deals with banning or allowing employers to ban providing female contraception. Have you taken a position on it?” Heath said. “He (Santorum) said he was for that. We’ll talk about personhood in a second, but he’s for that. Have you taken a position?”

Romney replied: “I’m not for the bill, but look, the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a woman, husband and wife, I’m not going there.”

So, the Romney camp holds a campaign call on “women’s issues”, wants to talk about women and jobs, then has no idea what the Lilly Ledbetter Act is or what Romney thinks about it.  This is major fail imho and just like the clueless response on the Blunt Amendment Dosado.  Maddow sums this up succinctly.

Romney has cited a misleading statistic, and his aides couldn’t defend it. Romney has said current policies are keeping women from getting more jobs, and given three separate chances to say something coherent, his aides couldn’t explain what would change if the former governor is elected president. Were they not expecting these kinds of question?

To borrow a Casey Stengel line, can’t anybody here play this game?

As for the Fair Pay law, Lilly Ledbetter released a statement shortly after the Romney campaign wouldn’t state the former governor’s position on this.

“I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families. If he is truly concerned about women in this economy, he wouldn’t have to take time to ‘think’ about whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This Act not only ensures women have the tools to get equal pay for equal work, but it means their families will be better served also. Women earn just 77 cents to every dollar that men earn for the same job, which is why President Obama took decisive action and made this the first bill that he signed when he took office. Women should have the ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers.

“Anyone who wants to be President of the United States shouldn’t have to think about whether they support pursuing every possible avenue to ensuring women get the same pay for the same work as men. Our economic security depends on it.”

Eventually, after Ledbetter’s statement was released to the media, the Republican campaign said a Romney administration wouldn’t try to repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, but wouldn’t say whether Romney supported the law itself. (Remember, the vast majority of congressional Republicans opposed the law when it passed in 2009.)

I can’t imagine the circumstances under which I would vote for this schmuck.  I say this as women who ran as a Republican in the 1990s and who is squarely an independent today.  You have to be a seriously self loathing woman to consider voting for today’s Republican Party.  They’ve gone way off the deep end and Willard’s gone right with them.

31 Comments on “They must think Women are Really Stupid”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    “First, we learned Romney keeps in touch with women by sending his wife–the great white rich huntress–out to stalk the elusive beasts that are rare animals in the world of venture and plunder finance.”


  2. dakinikat says:

    Mitt Romney’s Women Surrogates Voted Against Pay Equity Enforcement, Blasted Feminism from Amanda Terkel

    But two of his surrogates did vote against the legislation in Congress. On Wednesday, the campaign sent out statements from Republican Reps. Mary Bono Mack of California and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, blaming women’s jobs losses on Obama’s policies. But both women voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act as well as the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act.

    A March 29 Wisconsin Women for Romney call with reporters featured Wisconsin state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and conservative activist Bay Buchanan. Darling was a cosponsor of legislation repealing her state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which was designed to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by granting workers more avenues for pressing charges. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill into law last week.

    Buchanan has railed against feminism, stating in 1999 that the movement has hurt women. She blamed the high number of divorces, single-parent households and teen suicides on feminism in part.

    “If the movement is about helping women, if it is moving them in a better direction, women have not done that well,” Buchanan said then. “This is not a good direction for the nation to be taking.”

    And on Fox News on Monday night, Romney surrogate South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) was totally off-message, saying, “There is no war on women. Women are doing well.”

    • bostonboomer says:

      I wouldn’t trust Romney on any issue that relates to anything that would help real human beings.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    This may be a great post dak, but I’m just too stupid to know the difference.

    You know, being a woman and all.

    Think I’ll just go and sort socks for awhile to clear my fuzzy brain.

    • dakinikat says:

      Understood. I just know thinking about good job and being paid like a woman is analysis that makes me think about sorting socks. After all … I earned my doctorate finance and economics without the benefit of Harvard math and a penis. Can’t do math without them you know.

      • Yup, us women can’t do math without a penis, we need to have that penis to use as a counting tool…one….twoooo…..three….I mean, our fingers are better put to use in other domestic fashions…

    • Beata says:

      I’m darning socks tonight. I’m trying to save a little from the “pin money” my husband gives me each week so I can secretly add it to my “mad money” account. At the end of the year, I hope to have enough saved to buy myself a new hat. A new hat always makes a woman feel so pretty. Don’t you ladies agree?

    • @pat, that is so funny!

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    I’m hosting Book Club tonight.

    We are each covering our own pick of either bio/auto bio.

    We can look at each other at least.

  5. Reblogged this on your mom uses birth control and commented:
    I would have written something about this, but this is far too well-written and source-citing for me to have anything to add to the proceedings:

  6. Romney clearly cares about women’s issues, because he has a wife. And it’s clear Mitt Romney loves women. In fact, if this were 150 years ago, he’d have five or six of them.

    • northwestrain says:

      Spot on remark! Seeing that I’m in Mormon land right now. I’ve spotted several Fundamentalist Mormons (cult) — They dress in old fashion clothes (from a hundred years ago) and have old fashion hair dos. It is really repressive here — hard to explain. I learn how to spot the senior wife — the poof on top of her head is bigger than the other wives.

      • dakinikat says:

        So, she looks like Snookie?

      • northwestrain says:

        sort of like that. The Snookie poof at the top of their head (held in place with dozens of hair pins) and then the rest of the hair is pulled back — again secured with dozens of hair pins. Their hair style stands out — no missing that they are part of a religious cult. It is very distressing to see these women who are slaves to a religious cult.

  7. The Rock says:

    Romney has cited a misleading statistic, and his aides couldn’t defend it. Romney has said current policies are keeping women from getting more jobs, and given three separate chances to say something coherent, his aides couldn’t explain what would change if the former governor is elected president. Were they not expecting these kinds of question?
    To borrow a Casey Stengel line, can’t anybody here play this game?

    I wouldn’t mind this kind of folly if the US was at peace worldwide, the nation’s economic engine was churning at 3.0% unemployment, the national debt was at $2 trillion dollars and falling, and the country was enjoying a 3 year tax revenue increase due to people coming off the welfare roles and, at the same time, started paying taxes.

    Rather we have a guy that punks women, just says whatever he thinks the people want to hear about foreign policy, has an economic plan that has no chance of doing anything but contracting the economy further, and flips on every urgent position to suit his political career.


    Ay dios mio….. We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fu*^%d.

    Hillary 2012

  8. Damn, this is a fabulous post Kat!

  9. The Rock says:

    I know this comes from a right wing blog, but the visual made my heart sing! 😀

    Hillary 2012

    • dakinikat says:

      Problem is that the President doesn’t have any say in monetary policy. That’s the Fed that does that. She’s scolding him for something he doesn’t control which kinda makes her look bad, actually. The President and congress control fiscal policy which is taxes and spending only. The Fed followed Bush’s deal when the economy was collapsing but they’re really independent again now. Also, Bernanke is a Republican.

      • The Rock says:

        I did not know that. But how monetary policy is dictated is a reflection of the person charged by the Prez to lead it, right? I thought the Fed took its cues from whatever administration was in office….

        Hillary 2012

        • dakinikat says:

          Nope. The fed prides itself on independence. Bernanke is a bush appointment anyway. But he is an academic by trade and a researcher. He got drug into the bush paulson rescue but he is just the fed chair. He has to convince the open market committee for Policy and they are an odd bunch.

  10. dakinikat says:

    Lilly Ledbetter is going to be on the Ed Show tonight.

  11. peggysue22 says:

    I’m really getting tired of women being compared to livestock and now . . . insects. The War on Caterpillars is a classic. Right up there with the Etch-a-Sketch moment. And who is this Reibus character? He is the most God-awful spokesperson. The GOP threw Michael Steele out for this dud? Does not bode well for even their most basic decision-making.

    I hate to tell Romney and the GOP [including the parrot-like Republican women] but contraception and control of reproductive rights ‘is’ an economic and employment issue for women. If we’re barred from family planning, have laws repealed for family leave, we’ll be effectively pushed from any reasonable employment opportunity. Unless we have ourselves sterilized or take a vow of abstinence for life.

    How cheery!

    This is Theater of the Absurd from all quarters. And to think–we have seven months of this to look forward to–the War of the Lying Bastards.


    • northwestrain says:

      0bama has already sided with Stupak via that executive order. What sort of promises is 0bama making behind women’s backs? That’s what 0bama is good at — saying one thing in public for the votes but breaking that promise almost immediately.

      Romney plays the same games.

      Romney is as sleazy as 0bama. They recognize each other — let the games begin.

  12. dm says:

    Well, I’m gonna have to think on this for a bit…which is worse, a guy whose campaign reps are apparently clueless as to the law or his stance on it, or a guy who actually signed the law, dusts it off and presents it every time he talks to women, but in practice doesn’t apply it to his staff…hmmm, decisions, decisions. Is None of the Above a choice???