Next time they crank up the feigned outrage machine, just remember it’s all about money. No wonder they don’t say a peep about sexual predators like Bill Clinton.
In the past few months, Republicans have called Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor, “Abortion Barbie,” likened Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Senate candidate from Kentucky, to an “empty dress,” criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton’s thighs, and referred to a pregnant woman as a “host.”
Democrats do not just get mad when they hear those words. They cash in.
In fact, they are trying to find even more examples by tracking Republican opponents, their surrogates and conservative news media personalities, then blasting their comments out to supporters to build voter lists and drum up donations, casting aside the well-worn advice to shrug off sexist comments lest they draw attention to gender over issues.
It is proving effective. Emily’s List, the political action committee that backs female candidates who support abortion rights, has raised a record $25 million this election cycle. On Tuesday, the group put out an online petition, “Tell the G.O.P.: Pregnant Women Are Not ‘Hosts,’ ” after Steve Martin, a state senator in Virginia, referred to a pregnant woman as the child’s “host” in a Facebook message.
“Instead of fearing sexist attacks, we wait gleefully for the next one,” said Jen Bluestein, a political strategist who formerly ran communications at Emily’s List.
Republicans are trying to counter with their own war over the so-called war on women, saying that sexist attacks cut across parties and pointing to Democrats’ criticism of Sarah Palin and other conservative women. “They’re exploiting women for their political gain and political playbook,” said Brook Hougesen, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The reporter is either clueless or disingenuous to not realize the “Abortion Barbie” crack from Erick Erickson is a tongue-in-cheek referral to the “Caribou Barbie” reference to Sarah Palin. Anyway, the takeaway here is they don’t give a rat’s ass about attacks on women, so long as they can exploit it. Some Republicans may say stupid things, but we don’t see them tweeting dick pics, serially harassing women like Bob Filner or leaving them to die after driving off a bridge.
Via Hot Air.