Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be
John Boehner, on a new Republican effort to win over women voters by avoiding saying things that are anti-woman and Todd-Akiny on the campaign trail.
Meanwhile, Republicans in Michigan are contemplating making women buy “rape insurance" as a way to make insurance coverage of abortion illegal in all cases except rape and incest.
It’s not what you say John, it’s what you guys do that’s the problem. And until you get that problem squared away, you’re not going to make a lot of progress.
As long as the party continues to wage a War on Women, women are going to see the GOP as an adversary. I’m not really sure what it is about this very obvious fact that makes it hard for Republicans to understand.
Boehner’s argument against ENDA based primarily on bullshit and bad logic.
Huffington Post: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) affirmed on Monday morning that he would oppose a law that would prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the workplace, citing the possibility that it would put a financial burden on businesses.
"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.
The remark from Steel is a tough blow for supporters of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
ENDA would probably make it through the Senate, but Boehner’s opposition means it will probably not even come up for a vote in that chamber.
But consider the reasoning; does Boehner’s office believe that suits against businesses that practice gender, race, or religious discrimination are auomatically “frivolous”? I think there are quite a few people in America who would argue the opposite — and they’d be right. If there’s a law against discrimination, suing those who discriminate is pretty much the exact opposite of frivolous. And ask the person who was denied employment because of discrimination how well Boehner’s protecting jobs. The argument makes no sense at all.
When that argument fell apart, Boehner’s office “clarified” (i.e., made an entirely different and totally unrelated argument); “We have always believed this is covered by existing law.” Of course, it’s not. That’s why ENDA is needed. But even if Boehner was right, it would completely contradict his original argument — where are all the frivolous lawsuits destroying American businesses far and wide?
The truth is that Boehner’s arguing in bad faith. What going on — and what he’s bending over backwards to avoid saying — is that gerrymandering of House districts has made his party slaves to bigots. And as a result, Boehner’s nutjob caucus needs to take the least popular position on an issue once again, lest the hatemongering voters that the party has chosen for themselves will primary them with someone who hates the gays enough.
An alternate headline for this piece — indeed, the headline I’d originally considered — would be “How the GOP is committing suicide today.” Again, they can’t keep thwarting the will of the people and expect to win elections.
We fought the good fight, we just didn’t win.
Inadvertently or not, John Boehner showed the way out of the shutdown on a Sunday talk show …
Listen to what he said on This Week with George Stephanopoulos:STEPHANOPOULOS: He has not, perhaps, but I take it from your answer that you’re not prepared to schedule a clean bill on government funding.
BOEHNER: There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR.
The 2 Word challenge that all Democrats must issue immediately :
I’ve been saying this for a very long time. Those two words are to conservative arguments what crosses are to vampires. We should demand they prove every single word they say, not just this one instance.
Stories to Watch: 10/8/13.
The T-Bill market is already beginning to get shaky over a possible failure to raise the debt limit and the ensuing default that would make such bonds worthless. Remember when Republicans worried about “economic uncertainty”? Like everything else, Republicans are very, very much against uncertainty — right up until they’re not.
Closing national parks during the government shutdown means OBAMA’S JUST LIKE HITLER! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! RUN!
Just a reminder: Rep. Randy Neugebauer still hasn’t apologized for yelling a park ranger about the effects of a shutdown he voted for. He’s not just a prick, he’s a shameless prick.
Somewhat related: death benefits to the families of fallen military personnel have been suspended during the government shutdown. Everyone knew this would happen. However, that doesn’t stop the pro-shutdown side from blaming Obama for it. Propagandizing the families of the fallen to score cheap political points against the administration — more shameless pricks.
What do you do when you’ve been arrested at a rally for immigration reform? If you’re Rep. John Lewis — or awesome — you have your office brag that you’re celebrating your 45th arrest in a lifetime of civil disobedience in the cause of civil rights and social justice.
The newly resurgent progressive left scores another victory as news comes out that Janet Yellin will fill the vacancy at the Federal Reserve.
Finally, Brian Beutler doesn’t see John Boehner taking the country over the cliff and into default. He’s probably just letting Tea Party blowhards blow hard. Here’s hoping he’s right — which I’m pretty sure he is.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]
In other words, “This is hard! Can’t someone else do it for me?”