Well, gosh, Sen. McBitter, this sure is big of you:
"As far as young women are concerned, absolutely, I don't think anybody like me — I can state my position on abortion, but, other than that, leave the issue alone, when we are in the kind of economic situation and, frankly, national security situation we're in," McCain told "Fox News Sunday."Holy cow, John McCain, you'll "allow" people to have their very own opinions on reproductive rights? Right here in America? Hey, does that mean you won't be voting against reproductive rights anymore?
Pressed whether that meant Republicans should be willing to allow abortion rights, McCain said that he was simply suggesting the GOP strike a more conciliatory tone.
"I would allow people to have those opinions… I'm proud of my pro-life position and record and if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views," McCain said.
No. Of course not. Because, like Gov. Bobby Jindal and all the other Republicans who've insisted, since the 2012 election, that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Republicans' archaic platform—it's just that they didn't discuss it in a very friendly way—McCain thinks it's totally not a problem to pursue an agenda to codify into law, if not the Constitution itself, the right of men like McCain and his other congressional buddies to make health care decisions for women. It's just that Republicans did a piss-poor job of talking about how they think that's a swell idea, and if they'd just talk about it differently, they will totally close that huge gaping gender gap that shellshocked them on Election Day.
McCain, like his fellow Republicans, is wrong, of course. It actually is the anti-woman agenda women don't much care for. That Republicans manage to explain it in an especially offensive way doesn't help, but it's not as if adding a "please" to the "go fuck yourselves, ladies" Republican message is going to help them.
As Republicans engage in this absurd act of pretending to reflect on the how and why of their stunning defeat this year, one thing is clear: They really believe they can win by running on a platform of hate—as long as they do it with a smile.