It didn't even take 24 hours. For those who came in late, the process went something like this:
- NC Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-Derp) makes incredibly tone-deaf, stupid comments at a Republican panel discussion, resulting in a collective facepalm that registered 5.7 on the Richter Scale.
- Reporter reports on these words (like they do) in a less than flattering way (appropriate... but not flattering)
- 3...2...1... Ellmers begins screeching "You're twisting my words! Context! Liberal Woman Reporter!!".
(Everybody caught up now? Good.)
If you want to read her entire GOPsplanation, you can find it here, but the gist of it was this:
"I am a woman and find it both offensive and sexist to take my words and redefine them to imply that women need to be addressed at a lower level," Ellmers said in the statement.This confirms, for those of us who weren't sure, that Renee Ellmers does now possess, or has in the past possessed a uterus. The rest of her commentary, both at the conference and her followup statement, confirms for those (few) of us still in doubt, that Renee Ellmers does need to be addressed at a lower level. The validity of her projection of that need on women at large, however, remains very much in doubt.
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Apparently the kerfuffle was caused by Washington Examiner commentary writer Ashe Schow citing these pearls of wisdom in her op-ed piece following the conference:
"Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level. You know, one of the things that has always been one of my frustrations and I speak about this all the time -- many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and, you know, how the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.That's not "redefining" or "implying" anything. That's what you fucking said. But when she was called out on it -- by one of her own, no less -- she immediately regressed to the Republican playbook: shriek that your words are taken out of context and paste a "liberal" label on the one who dared to challenge you.
"The biggest need that women have is more time. We all want more time in our lives. More time in the morning to get ready. More time in the evening to spend time with our families. All of these things -- more time to move up that career path. It’s about time. And we have to make sure that women understand that we understand that.
"We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life -- that’s the way to go."
"In answering a question regarding how Republicans can improve their messaging, I took the opportunity to note that everyone comes from different backgrounds and experiences -- and our messaging should do the same," Ellmers said. "If there is a problem, who is perpetuating it? Was it a room full of women laughing, bonding and sharing solutions -- or a liberal woman reporter attacking the event and taking it to a dark place that does not exist?"Actually, it was a
As for the "Liberal Woman Reporter", we're talking about Ashe Schow, a commentary writer for The Washington Examiner. The fucking Washington Examiner! Psst! Renee, honey, I don't think they hire liberal reporters there. Not even if they're men. But let's say they did. Let's say they screwed up and accidentally put a Liberal Woman Reporter on their editorial desk. Perhaps they were fooled by her CV, the highlights of which include (in addition to her job at the Examiner) The Heritage Foundation (Web Editor, August 2012 - June 2013), Heritage Action for America (Deputy Communications Director, May 2011 - August 2012), and Burlington County Republican Committee (Field Representative, 2009 - 2010). In other words, Schow has been trying to put lipstick on this pig for even longer than you have, Renee. (And to be blunt, she's a lot better at it.) And she was insulted enough by your "Liberal Woman Reporter" classification of her to write a second column responding to it (with full transcript and audio!).
But feather-ruffling at the Republican hen party aside, neither Ellmers nor Schow show any indication of understanding the problem, much less a solution. And neither did the other denizens of the bubble, if this is any indication:
"The problem here is not necessarily conservative policy, it's our messaging," Kim Strassel, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal who was moderating the panel said.In other words, if we just put the right packaging around it, maybe some color coordinated tulle with a pretty pink bow, then women will suddenly see that Republican policies are just the ticket for them to be happy, reproductive members of society, with all the rights and privileges of every other second-class citizen in our great nation!
It's not the packaging, it's the fucking package. And women outside the cozy bubble of Stepford have wised up to that. And you wanna know something else? The men that care about them are wising up to it as well (even if we're a bit slower on the uptake). You and the rest of your conservative posse just might want to consider that having a little extra time to fix your face in the morning does not compensate for a 23% disparity in earnings. Or having the GOP (or your employer) between your legs while they're in the stirrups. Or having every decision dictated to you because you can't be trusted to make the right one. Nothing you and your party is offering to women is even remotely worth accepting second-class citizen status for. And that presupposes that your party has fuck all to offer in the first place. That's not something you can fix with "messaging", because the message is a fucking lie!
But if you really believe that a little lipstick, plastic and paint is a substitute for sound policy, fairness and respect, then all I can offer as advice to you is "Please proceed, Congresswoman."
1 Most of the panelists and guests were members of the Republican Study Committee.