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...have all been targets of sexist remarks by Republicans.

First, after a wedding photographer by the name of Lori Compas managed to gather enough signatures to force Wisconsin State Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald into a recall election in his home district, Fitzgerald suggested that Compas's husband was the driving force behind the recall movement against him, stating, "I don't believe for one minute she is the organizing force behind this whole thing." Needless to say, Compas viewed Fitzgerald's remarks as sexist, and even created this now-famous YouTube video in response. Fitzgerald somehow managed to convince 58% of voters in Wisconsin's 13th State Senate District to vote him back into office.

Next, during debate of proposed legislation that would enact numerous restrictions on abortions in Michigan, two duly-elected members of the Michigan House of Representatives, Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum, both Democrats, were banned from speaking on the floor of the Michigan House by Republican leadership, led by Speaker Jase Bogler, after Byrum used the word "vasectomy" and Brown used the word "vagina" in floor speeches. Both "vasectomy" and "vagina" are medically-appropriate words, however, Republican leadership of the Michigan House didn't see it that way, and banned two duly-elected members for having the courage to speak out against them.

However, nobody has ever treated an opposing candidate for public office as horribly as U.S. Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL-8). At least twice, Walsh has made disparaging comments that were not only perceived as sexist toward his Democratic opponent, Tammy Duckworth, they were regarded as being completely dismissive of her military record!

In the first incident, Walsh said this about Duckworth:

"I have so much respect for what she did in the fact that she sacrificed her body for this country. Ehhh. Now let’s move on. What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran…ehhh. She is nothing more than a handpicked Washington bureaucrat. David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel just picked her up and dropped her into this district.”
In the second incident, Walsh said this about Duckworth:
"Understand something about John McCain. His political advisers, day after day, had to take him and almost throw him against a wall and hit him against the head and say, “Senator, you have to let people know you served! You have to talk about what you did!” He didn’t want to do it, wouldn’t do it. Day after day they had to convince him. Finally, he talked a little bit about it, but it was very uncomfortable for him. That’s what’s so noble about our heroes. Now I’m running against a woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about. That’s why we’re so indebted and in awe of what they’ve done."
Walsh created a political firestorm with his first wave of disparaging comments about Duckworth, but he created an even bigger political firestorm with his second wave of disparaging comments, to the point that many veterans, many of whom self-identify as conservative Republicans, flooded Walsh's Facebook page with comments criticizing Walsh for disparaging Duckworth, and Vote Vets, a political action committee, called for Walsh's resignation!

Lori Compas, Lisa Brown, Barb Byrum, and Tammy Duckworth have all been targets of sexist remarks by Republicans. I may be a 22-year-old white male from Downstate Illinois, but I have come to believe that the Republican Party is a sexist organization that has no regard for women.

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  •  I am a 25-year recovering republican, and I agree (12+ / 0-)

    with your assessment of the organization

    I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

    by mumtaznepal on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 03:31:32 AM PDT

  •  If any Democrat (6+ / 0-)

    had made public comments disparaging McCain and his service back in 2008, they would have been vilified on FOX News. Heck, look at the firestorm when, on Memorial Day weekend, Chris Hayes confessed to having qualms about using the term "hero" when referring to any member of the military. (To MSNBC's extreme credit, they took the comments in the spirit they were made and did not fire or suspend Hayes as many on the Right called for.)

    It's not just sexism -- it's just being out for oneself, and if someone isn't of personal use to them then they don't matter. The Grand Old Party (emphasis on Old) has no use for strong, independent and intelligent women like Duckworth or Compas or Brown or Bynum.

    Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

    by Cali Scribe on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 07:47:22 AM PDT

    •  I've criticized radio stations... (0+ / 0-)

      ...for overplaying patriotic songs around holidays such as Memorial Day and Independence Day, and there's a few people, all of which are politically conservative, that will never talk to me again because I made those comments.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 02:26:54 PM PDT

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      •  I think you have a right to your opinion, but we (1+ / 0-)
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        play them in our house every 4th of July.  

        I don't like violence or too much militarism either, but I can't really see how to change that part of the culture.

        I think that with very conservative people or very religious people, it is impossible to change their minds on something that they consider sacred and I don't think it is worth it. It is better to find common ground on other, less polarizing issues.

        In this case, your point is to be less nationalistic or less militaristic, but they are interpreting what you said about the patriotic music as "you hate America". They are wrong about you, you are trying to get a better America, but they won't ever be able to see that if you criticize something that has meaning for them.

        I hope you don't take what I say as criticism, I just observe people and used to observe my grandpa and saw that certain words triggered a negative reaction in him, other times you could get at the same idea and he didn't close himself off.

  •  It's easy to (4+ / 0-)
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    not wonder about a Congress made up of mostly men.

    But I have come to believe that the Republican Party is a sexist organization that has no regard for women.
    I wonder.  Is the ALEC organization comprised of generally only men, with few women?

    Democrats - We represent America!

    by phonegery on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 08:03:59 AM PDT

    •  Linda Upmeyer one of only a few women in ALEC (5+ / 0-)

      Linda Upmeyer, a Republican state legislator from Iowa, is one of only a few women who are ALEC members, and is the highest-ranking woman in ALEC, where she is that organization's second vice-president. There are only three women, if I counted correctly, who are in national ALEC leadership according to this list.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 09:24:17 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the answer to the question. (2+ / 0-)
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        It would have taken me more time than sensible to verify the gut level feeling I had that ALEC is an extremely   male centric organization.  But then again, so is the Congress of the United States, and so, probably, is the Executive Branch of the government.  It's a matter of degree, though.

        Democrats - We represent America!

        by phonegery on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 10:22:12 AM PDT

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  •  Compas/Fitzgerald (3+ / 0-)

    Considering how red that state senate district is, and that Fitzgerald has generally won by 67-75%, that he only got 58% is a pretty big deal and suggests he turned off a lot of people. Great analysis, though!

    "The struggle for justice isn't always PG-13" -- Tom Morello

    by kideni on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:25:14 AM PDT

    •  Had Compas ran for governor... (1+ / 0-)
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      rosarugosa the recall election, we would be referring to her as Governor Compas right now. However, she didn't want to be seen as abandoning her effort to recall Fitzgerald, so she took the high road and ran against Fitzgerald, and lost, but she made Fitzgerald look like a big jerk every step of the way.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 01:40:06 PM PDT

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  •  I think they have a different vision of government (1+ / 0-)
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    and some Republicans are sexist, but that is a coincidence, for me, it isn't part of their platform exactly. Although one could argue reasonably that what they stand for isn't exactly favorable to women.

    The super wealthy powerful men are sexist, but it is because they are egomaniacs and happen to be men. That is what I think. They just love themselves to an extreme degree.

    •  I think they are all sexists (1+ / 0-)
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      Every last one of them. Girls and women are only here to be used and abused by men, like their cars, or their horses, or anything else they own.

      Only men have any right to any freedoms in their minds, because men are "better," and those are only bought freedoms, so if they have no money, they should have no freedom. because they are "losers" who can't swindle enough.

      Women create the entire labor force.

      by splashy on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 03:08:41 AM PDT

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  •  "I have come to believe..." (2+ / 0-)
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    what took you so long? :-)

    when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

    by bunsk on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:06:20 PM PDT

  •  Ya think? (1+ / 0-)
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    They really really want women to pushed back into being incarcerated in the home, serving the men and bearing children whether they want to or not, while the men decide what they can do or not do, and what they have to bear when it comes to abuse.

    Women create the entire labor force.

    by splashy on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 03:04:38 AM PDT

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