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Republicans might not give a damn about women, but at least they give a damn about winning in 2014. Via The Hill:
Several House Republicans are signaling support for the once-controversial Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a development that carries political ramifications as the GOP seeks to repair its image among female voters in time for 2014.
This is really starting to look pathetic. House Republicans allowed VAWA to expire last year because they considered it unacceptable that "women" should include lesbians, immigrants and Native American women. So once again, the Senate overwhelmingly—and yes, with bipartisan support—passed it. And once again, House Republicans just aren't sure if they can bring themselves to even hold a vote on it.

But at least, according to The Hill, some Republicans are starting to think about how opposing this heretofore uncontroversial legislation might have some negative side effects. Like, say, on Election Day in 2014. West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, for example, said, "It is far, far past due to reauthorize VAWA." Gee, ya think?

Capito and a handful of other House Republicans are suggesting that maybe they should get over themselves and their weak-tea objections to the Senate's bill, but it's not as if they've had a change of heart and suddenly want to embrace those very women they've been saying do not deserve protection from rape and abuse. Republicans aren't about to have a change of heart on non-white non-straight women. But this just might be reason enough for them to have a change of heart on the bill:

The 2012 election cycle saw Republicans up and down the ballot face accusations that they were “out of touch” on women’s issues — a Democratic argument that gained traction with voters following inopportune comments about rape and pregnancy by Republican Senate candidates in Missouri and Indiana.

National exit polling showed 55 percent of women voted for House Democratic candidates, compared to 45 percent who supported House Republicans.

The presidential race saw an identical gender gap in favor of President Obama.

Yeah. Turns out the Republicans' War on Women did not bode well for Republicans in the last election, and if they don't do something to change the perception that, you know, they're bad for women, they just might be looking at another gaping gender gap in next year's election.

That's the ugly reality House Republicans are starting to accept—especially those blue state Republicans who will be particularly vulnerable in 2014—which is why they sent a letter this week calling on their party leadership to hold a vote and pass the damn bill already. So will they?

Boehner on VAWA: "No decision" yet on whether the House will take up the Senate bill or move our own version.
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Yeah. Don't hold your breath. Instead, sign the petition from Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee urging House Republicans to protect all women by passing the Senate version of the expanded, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM PST.

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  •  It the same old problem for the GOP (10+ / 0-)

    Wingnut Congressional districts out of touch with national polling send fools to congress.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:13:00 AM PST

  •  didn't it pass the senate, thou, with no male gop? (2+ / 0-)
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    irishwitch, Eric Nelson

    or next to none? i thought i hear all the gop >women< and the dems voted for it...white mail senators not so much? or did i mishear?

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson (GOTV)

    by marzook on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:26:17 AM PST

  •  Maybe we shouldn't be helping them on this. (1+ / 0-)
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    Politically, it is, entirely, their problem. Substantively, they don't seem to give a damn. Either way, we're butting our heads against a pretty impervious wall.

    On the other hand, it's unlikely the House Republicans will get this message any more than they have the others.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:26:51 AM PST

  •  What the heck (6+ / 0-)

    is wrong with the 45 percent? I could see 20-30, that's a given amount of crazy people in any population. But 45?

  •  The vote are making safe GOPs now tossups (2+ / 0-)
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    LilithGardener, a2nite

    I think.

  •  Cong. Capito also wants to paint with a bit (3+ / 0-)

    of a broader brush. She's already announced that she's running for the U. S. Senate in 2014; the seat that Jay Rockefeller has held since 1985. It will be an open seat next year because Jay is retiring.

    The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

    by Hillbilly Dem on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:30:44 AM PST

    •  That sort of stance can "unclear the boards"... (0+ / 0-)

      ...and increase the likelihood of a potent "true believer" primary opponent.

      I'm glad she's taking that position, but she is not immune from those people who will dominate the nomination process in West Virginia from "going a different way" if well financed pile of money (CfG) shouts RINO!! loudly and consistently over the next 12 months.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:47:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  She's definitely thinking ahead to the general. (0+ / 0-)

            As you say, a "true believer" might stop Capito in the primary. Earl Ray Tomlin, our current gov in WV is no gem, but he's a Dem. In the 2011 special gubernatorial election, the situation you mention did happen.
              There was a (relatively) moderate and very popular GOP WV Sec of State, Betty Ireland. Betty ran for gov in the 2011 special, but was beaten in the primary by a real teabagger, Bill Maloney. Earl Ray beat Maloney in a squeaker. I really think that Betty would have beaten Earl Ray in the general election if she'd gotten that far.
              Of course, the potential downside is that if the nut takes out the moderate and then wins the general...........

        The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

        by Hillbilly Dem on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 01:16:32 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  that was soooo last election (0+ / 0-)

        Jesus died to save you from Yahweh.

        by nolagrl on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 02:06:46 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Oh barg - The Hill calls the comments (2+ / 0-)
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    Neon Mama, Eric Nelson

    "inopportune comments."

    (It just wasn't the right time to talk about a pregnancy from rape as God's natural gift to the rapist, that the state will force her to bear his child and then give him parental rights to boot!).

  •  Can't pass with Republican votes alone. (1+ / 0-)
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    Neon Mama

    Votes for bills that pass with majority Democrat support and only a few "moderate" Republicans voting for them only show the weakness of the party. Leadership knows a majority of the caucus will not vote for woman's rights. So it is reluctant to bring a pro woman's rights bill up for a vote.

  •  Surprising that 45% of women vote Republican (10+ / 0-)

    Surprising to me that the number is so high.

    We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. -Pres. Obama, 1/21/13

    by SoCalSal on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:36:52 AM PST

    •  Yes that number always seems so high to me, (4+ / 0-)

      I am wondering if a good many of those women are the right wing Evangelical types?  As I sure know plenty of them unfortunately from high school and college. They were more liberal then but in the decades since, apparently from what I have seen on Facebook, many are right wing Evangelical types who are very conservative, strongly opposed to abortion and some are even opposed to womens rights in general.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:54:50 AM PST

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    •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm also surprised when victims of domestic violence want to stay with their abuser and don't want him to go to jail.

      28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

      by TDDVandy on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:56:44 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  If Dems are savy enough (0+ / 0-)

    (and they never are) it is too late. The Repubs have already showed their collective ass on this one and even if they all did a 180 on it today, it could still be used.

    A guy can dream, can't he?

    There is nothing more exciting than the truth. - Richard P. Feynman

    by pastol on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:42:55 AM PST

  •  While I would prefer (1+ / 0-)
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    Neon Mama

    that Republicans support reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because it's the right fucking thing to do, I guess supporting it because standing up for wife-beaters looks really bad from a political standpoint is a decent place to start.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:55:15 AM PST

  •  I Don't Understand The Opposition (3+ / 0-)
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    rmabelis, Mistral Wind, Eric Nelson

    Other than simply opposing everything the Democrats put forth. Is there some abusive male demographic that they are courting that I don't know about?

    This head movie makes my eyes rain.

    by The Lone Apple on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:57:03 AM PST

  •  Discharge petition ??? (0+ / 0-)

    Last year Pelosi tried a discharge petition on another issue. It went nowhere, mostly because we, the progressives outside the beltway, didn't push the Republicans to sign it.

    This year, it would take fewer Republican signatures. If we could submit enough promises to House Democrats to push for this, they might try it again.

    I'd love to see Boehner try that "majority of the majority" shit and get run around by this manoeuvre.

  •  So it looks like House Republicans were against it (2+ / 0-)
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    before they were for it.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:00:55 AM PST

  •  go forbid boehner makes a decision.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..or stands for something.

    He's barely a chordate.

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. ALL ROYALTIES BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 1, DONATED TO THIS SITE, DAILYKOS!! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:05:12 AM PST

    •  oh man, I misspelled "god" (0+ / 0-)

      I'm goin' to hell in a handbasket!!

      Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. ALL ROYALTIES BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 1, DONATED TO THIS SITE, DAILYKOS!! @floydbluealdus1

      by Floyd Blue on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:09:27 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Send us VAWA not Valentines. (3+ / 0-)
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    DSPS owl, Eric Nelson, nolagrl

    Stop starving us with unfair pay.
    Stop letting rapists get away.
    Stop forced incubations.
    Stop ignorance only as sex ed -- it is reckless endangerment.

    Incantations don't prove love.
    Vote to save your mom, sister, granny, aunt, daughter.
    Equal marriage --- hetero or gay.

    Defend the ladies and empower them to defend themselves.  Get out of our panties.

    Today's the day:


    A global strike
    An invitation to dance
    A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
    An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
    A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
    A new time and a new way of being

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:07:31 AM PST

  •  they are still the stupid party (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    as far as the gop are concerned, rome is burning. they have pretty much offended every major voting block except for the , allegedly, heterosexual male wasp.

    how they expect to win the presidency with just that voting block is beyond my comprehension. if the gop do vote for this, it will be for the same reason they are now voting for immigration reform: to help them out in upcoming elections, then they will go back to their same old rhetoric

  •  Barely bipartisan in the Senate (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    22 of 45 Republicans opposed it.  And they mostly opposed it on the basis that the 'rights' of white males are more important that the right of Native Americans, lesbians and undocumented women to seek justice.

  •  I wish... (1+ / 0-)
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    I wish they would change this legislation to the "Violence against people act".  Violence against women is a serious issue, but there is also violence against Black males in Chicago, violence against students at public schools like Newtown, etc.  The list goes on.  

    We should stand as one people and not only end the violence against women, but against all people.  

    Lets stop violence against people!  All people!

    •  this is what i hate.. that violence against (0+ / 0-)

      women is some how more important than violence against men. VAWA is a horribly flawed bill. Predominent aggressor policies(arrest the man no matter what) need to go. Female aggressors need to be arrested for starting violence just like men. For those who don't think that female violence is important. Women account for 40% of domestic violence and they are more likely to use weapons

  •  Heh.. Rethugs balancing racism vs misogyny (0+ / 0-)

    McConnell and other rethug up for election 2014 are waiting to see if racism is less damaging to their prospects than misogyny

    But Jennifer Lawless, head of the Women and Politics Institute at American University, warns that a failure to pass VAWA could play into a larger narrative of a Republican “war on women.”

    “If it doesn’t pass in the House and it becomes part of a broader narrative of the Republican ‘war on women,’ then yes,” it could have ramifications at the polls, Lawless said.

    “If Republicans are serious about trying to be more inclusive, not only regarding race and ethnicity but also concerning gender, this seems to be a non-controversial step that they could take,” she added. - emphasis added

    Read more:

    GOP leadership in action:

     what is less damaging to the GOP, bigotry? Pander to the base by cutting off minorities hoping to secure enough white women with similar attitudes (Marsha Blackburn et al.) towards minorities - you know..the takers,  and hopefully not piss off too many fairer minded republican women (close call there)


    throw in the towel on protecting women and go full on misogyny: Cut off protections for all women

    Yes this should be non controversial - Not in right wing fringe land where leadership means waiting for others to lead first so they can obstruct accordingly

    Boehner on VAWA: "No decision" yet on whether the House will take up the Senate bill or move our own version.

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