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I've been waiting to see who the nuttiest GOP candidate running for Senator Tom Harkin's (D. IA) Senate seat was and I think we may have found him:

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Mark Jacobs said the best way to connect with women is on an "emotional level."

Jacobs made the comments during an interview with Iowa's WHO-TV in Des Moines on Sunday.

"I think you have to connect with women on an emotional level," Jacobs said. "And with a wife of 25 years and an 18-year-old daughter, I've had a lot of coaching on that." - TPM, 12/9/13

And Jacobs words couldn't have come at a better time:

Last week, Politico reported that the National Republican Congressional Committee and House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office are "meeting with top aides of sitting Republicans to teach them what to say -- or not to say -- on the trail, especially when their boss is running against a woman."

"[We're] trying to get them to be a little more sensitive," Boehner said of fellow Republicans at a press conference on Thursday. "You know, you look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican conference. And some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be." - Huffington Post, 12/9/13

And here's the response to Jacobs' remarks:

Jennifer Lawless, the director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University, told The Huffington Post that like men, women voters want to know their candidates are “competent, can lead and have a sense of empathy and integrity.”

“Certainly, there can be gender gaps on issue salience — women, for example, might be more concerned than men about issues affecting women, families, and children,” she said. “But it’s the attention candidates spend on those issues and their ability to demonstrate that they understand challenges women face that matter.

“It’s not about talking to the female electorate as though you are their husband or father,” she added. “In fact, doing so plays into damaging stereotypes and reinforces the notion that women need to be treated in a way that is somehow less serious and cerebral.”

Neither Jacobs’ office nor the Republicans’ Senate campaign arm — the National Republican Senatorial Committee — returned a request for comment. - Salon, 12/9/13

Now I don't know if Jacobs is the front runner in his already crowded GOP primary but this is same old bull shit we'll be dealing with next year.  Luckily for us we have a great candidate in Congressman Bruce Braley (D. IA-01) who has an excellent record on women's health and equality.  If you would like to donate or get involved with Barley's campaign, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 07:00 PM PST.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party and This Week in the War on Women.

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  •  It was suggested in another diary... (8+ / 0-)

    ...on the same subject, that Republicans need to be trained to say absolutely nothing, until after the election.

    I don't think that's at all possible.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 07:08:54 PM PST

    •  Yes, they all seem to have more or less serious (2+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, JeffW

      cases of foot in mouth disease.  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 09:47:10 PM PST

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      •  It is very difficult, if not impossible, for a (3+ / 0-)
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        parrot to be sensitive. That said, when self-centered people are talking, even when they are repeating what someone else said, they are talking about themselves. Self-centered people get hurt feelings very easily. If they try to imagine how other people feel, they're apt to transfer their own feeling and since, for example, they rarely feel anything in their guts, they can't relate to the intrusive behavior a vaginal probe perpetrates.

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        by hannah on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 03:52:20 AM PST

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  •  There is no front runner for Republicans in the (2+ / 0-)
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    Senate race.  So far they've been pretty quite.  There are 5-7 Republican candidates, I think.  See, they may have a problem, IMNSHO, in that Braindead is too soft a Republican and the candidate pool is pretty much split between 'soft' Republican (by Iowa Standards anyway) and the radical (King, Vanderplaat) and the radicals of the rest of the country.  They haven't started taking swipes at each other yet for the Republican primary.

  •  The guy's a carpetbagger and hasn't (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    lived in Iowa since he graduated from high school -- until last year.

    All his has is money. He ain't going anywhere.

    I have never, ever, faked a sarcasm.

    by googie on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 08:39:18 PM PST

  •  and how do they connect? (2+ / 0-)
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    I wonder what kind of an emotional connection you forge with a woman when you pass a law requiring her to get a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound, or disqualify her from voting because she obeyed the patriarchy and changed her name when she got married, or close the only clinic where she could afford to get a pap smear or mammography, or tell her that she didn't get raped unless she resisted until she was beaten into helplessness, or cut her food stamps until she can't feed her children any more and tell her that you did it because she's not motivated enough to look out for herself, or... or.... or.....

    I wonder if this guy is actually in touch with his emotions. I don't know, but I have read here and there that some right-wing republican men regard "being in touch with your emotions" as something best left to librul metrosexual girly-men. Of course, when you see the connections you make with other people as kind of like one-way control wires running from you to them, you might not realize than not being in touch with your own emotions could make it hard to connect with another person on an emotional level. You might think that the emotions belong in the woman's brain, and the man just kind of reaches in there and hooks up whatever kind of connection he wants to wire in; after all, he did a good job rewiring the garage, didn't he?

  •  Yep, Braley's got this in the bag (0+ / 0-)

    From what I've read, no serious GOP candidates in this race at all.

  •  wull, yup (0+ / 0-)

    no need to worry your pretty little heads about policy issues, ladies, like the stuff that mean Jasmine mentioned.  Just feel how you connect emotionally to papa candidate.


  •  I think my credibility (0+ / 0-)

    on women's issues is pretty good. But I must say that I think this is being taken in the wrong way. I don't think he was talking about talking down to women, though other comments may show that he does.

    He gives the context of being taught by his wife and daughter that they need some connection, not just laying down the law, but actually dealing with them humanly - say, I statements, learning to listen - things like that. I think he was talking more about his emotions more than theirs.

    This is the kind of thing family therapists teach.

    His full attitude to women is, for me, unknown.

    But in any case, I plan on supporting Braley in this race.

    Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

    by ramara on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 10:10:53 PM PST

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