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What women have been trying to tell Republicans for the last 50 years (or more):

"Women care about all of the same things that men do: the economy, jobs, foreign policy, education, health care, the environment."

What Republicans actually believe about women:

"Women's entire lives revolve around babies and possibly small children."

What happens when Republicans attempt to reconcile those two statements: The head-exploding result, below the fold.

Romney's campaign knows it has a women problem. It's actually so concerned about this that, for the first time, it's actually attempting (clumsily) to pay attention to actual women's thoughts. Only Republican women's, but still, it's definitely a sign that they're recognizing that there's something wrong.

But the result...the result would be hilarious if it weren't so sad. It appears that Republican messaging people are constitutionally incapable of imagining even a hypothetical scenario where a woman might be personally invested in the economy. They can't create a personalized, evocative narrative - even from a conservative perspective. Instead, they write a bland, disconnected monologue about women in the abstract, and then personalize it with a baby.

Calvino Partigliani already discussed how ridiculous the actual narration is. I don't think I can do any better. It is the silliest, most unrealistic monologue ever. But even so, it's illuminating: This is Republicans trying to be feminist.

Memo to any Republicans out there who are confused about the persistent gender gap: This. This is your problem.

Originally posted to kyril on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 08:06 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 08:06:29 PM PDT

  •  And that these are women to be admired, (10+ / 0-)

    for staying at home, producing and taking care of children.

    (And I say this as someone who spent years at home raising kids and writing.)

    Which completely ignores the reality of most women's lives and tells women they don't understand them or their problems.

    Most women couldn't begin to stay at home and raise children because they could never afford it. (And I'm not saying they should want that or do it, just that economically, for most, it's not even a possibility.)

    Which doesn't even begin to talk about women not having control over their own bodies, being denigrated as sexual beings, being paid less than men, etc.

    Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

    by teresahill on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 08:29:58 PM PDT

    •  Oh, yes (6+ / 0-)

      They definitely have a lot of issues in the sense that their policies are bad for women. But they've got a lot of men voting against our own interests. They think they should be able to do the same with women.

      But even if we grant that the women this ad is targeting actually exist - that there are women out there who are willing to put aside their views on social issues in view of the state of the economy, and who are or could be convinced to be sympathetic to conservative economic arguments - even then, they'd be screwed, because they apparently have absolutely no clue what a woman who cared about the economy would look like.

      All they can come up with is a woman telling her baby how bad the economy is for women. I mean...really. That's it. That's sad.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 08:53:23 PM PDT

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    •  you've hit the proverbial nail sqarely (4+ / 0-)
      Which doesn't even begin to talk about women not having control over their own bodies, being denigrated as sexual beings, being paid less than men, etc.
      republicans don't tend to think of women as sentient beings, if they think of them at all, which is rarely. when they think of women, it's almost universally condescending, of the "little lady" or "get me dinner" variety (this is actually why buffoonish tv dads were so popular in 50's & 60's sitcoms), or as breeding stock. in republican world, women are still viewed as chattel, property to be handed from father, to "father figure" husband. see: romney, ann

      to me, and i'm a man, it is astonishing that any woman, not judicially designated mentally incompetent, would willingly marry a republican, or vote for one. those women that do must be the most self-loathing women on the planet, other than the fundamentalist religious women. although, as i think about it, there's a lot of crossover between those two groups.

  •  Omigod. (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, kyril, Actbriniel

    Thank gaia (and whoever else) that I have been spared seeing these types of ads here in PA this round, due to the republicans having given up.

    This ad is just so wrong in so many ways.

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    by asterkitty on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 08:46:55 PM PDT

  •  First time that I've seen the video (2+ / 0-)
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    kyril, Nina Katarina

    though from your intro link I assume it's been discussed a bit before.  Taken as a whole it radiates a Fifties aura, though in its updated version to the present it makes someone like June Cleaver almost seem radical and intellectual.

    Though some are squeamish about discussing religion in the campaign, it strikes me as very Mormon, as the establishment would have it, as opposed to the reality.

    I would think it would be insulting/humorous to most women but also I would bet that even a good number of the base would, at the best, think it a bit silly.

    But that's how it strikes me as a guy.

    Chief neoconservative/fundamentalist allied belief: All things are possible if only you lie.

    by blueoasis on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 09:19:54 PM PDT

  •  It's very Mormony to me. (2+ / 0-)
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    Nina Katarina, kyril

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:00:25 AM PDT

  •  It's also (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, kyril

    It's also twinned with a contempt for men who are concerned with and care for children.  Small children are handed to Daddy for 15 minutes in the evening for him to pat on the head and approve.  If he does anything more than that or shows skill in diapering or calming them down, he's just not manly.

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