March 15, 2012 2 Comments
Of course they don’t. What they don’t want is to renew the Violence Against Women Act. Normally, I don’t think of Democrats as savvy enough to so successfully have the Republicans make fools of themselves, but I think this time they are. If not, the Republicans are just really stupid:
With emotions still raw from the fight over President Obama’s contraception mandate, Senate Democrats are beginning a push to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation that now faces fierce opposition from conservatives…
Republicans are bracing for a battle where substantive arguments could be swamped by political optics and the intensity of the clash over women’s issues. At a closed-door Senate Republican lunch on Tuesday, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska sternly warned her colleagues that the party was at risk of being successfully painted as antiwoman — with potentially grievous political consequences in the fall, several Republican senators said Wednesday.
Some conservatives are feeling trapped.
Love this from Sessions:
“I favor the Violence Against Women Act and have supported it at various points over the years, but there are matters put on that bill that almost seem to invite opposition,” said Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, who opposed the latest version last month in the Judiciary Committee. “You think that’s possible? You think they might have put things in there we couldn’t support that maybe then they could accuse you of not being supportive of fighting violence against women?”
I damn well hope so. It strikes me that Republicans are normally much better on these tactical matters. Anyway, here’s a great way out of the trap– just support the damn bill. It’s not like it legalizes gay marriage or gives free contraceptives to children while it’s at it.