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How Republicans define victory in the real War on Women
With the latest Anthony Weiner scandal gripping the nation the New York tabloids, Republicans are jumping on the bandwagon to declare that Democrats are waging a "War on Women."

So says a ShePAC email (a group aligned with everyone's favorite half-term governor Sarah Palin), claiming that:

"Liberal men are leading a violent war on women."
... with pictures of:
Bill Clinton with Monica Lewinsky; presidential candidate John Edwards with his second family, mistress Rielle Hunter and daughter Frances Quinn; former Oregon Rep. David Wu in a tiger costume.
... and concluding that:
"The real war on women is coming from the left."
And the National Republican Senatorial Committee says:
"Democrats invoke the 'War on Women' charge repeatedly, but they head for the hills when asked about their Democratic colleagues’ actual mistreatment of women."
Uh, no. Wrong. Fail. Also. A disgraced, former congressional jackass sending pictures of his junk to women he met online is not a war on women. A 15-year old blow-job is not a war on women. An ostracized failure of a presidential candidate cheating on his wife is not a war on women. A furry undergoing psychiatric care is not a war on women.

On the other hand, over the past two years, having more than 160 laws passed nationwide that restrict a woman's right to choose is a war on women. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voting nearly 40 times to restrict that right is a war on women. The relentless push to defund Planned Parenthood is a war on women. Senate Republicans filibustering the Paycheck Fairness Act is a war on women. And Republicans fighting tooth and nail against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act is a war on women. I could go on.

And that is a war on women.


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Originally posted to Barbara Morrill on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM PDT.

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