What was obvious is that Joe Scarborough, unbeknownst to himself, is in battle with Joe Scarborough. While he did right by Mika, he is against some codification of laws that mitigate the reality that equal pay laws have not and are not working. He along with most Republicans continue to put an ideology that believes in a nonexistent market that corrects all wrongs. This theology can only go so far until people’s pains begin crashing down into reality.
Dana Milbank’s WaPo piece, “Republicans kiss votes from women goodbye,” nails it. His piece can be summarized with the following observations:
- A Republican congressman that ran on family values gets caught in an affair with a woman on his staff. Who loses their job? The woman loses her job.
- Eric Cantor (R-VA) as opposed to acknowledging there is really a wage gap in his news conference, wants Democrats to “put the politics aside” and talk with Republicans about “things that we can do together, things that disproportionately impact women, without playing politics.”
- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as he faces a woman running against him, calls voting on women-centric policies "show votes."
- According to the National Women’s Law Center, Paul Ryan’s budget disproportionately cut women’s benefits.
- The portions of government expenditures, like the military that helps mostly men, are relatively untouched.
- GOP media like Breitbart News continue their misogyny.
- George Bush’s CIA director Michael Hayden attempts to discredit Senator Dianne Feinstein by referring to her scrutiny of the CIA as “emotional.”
If women begin to vote their interests in waves, policies will change. If Republicans refuse to support women-centric policies, they will be extinct.