Republicans Learn to Talk to Women, People
In case you missed it, yesterday Politico's Mike Allen broke the story that the Republican National Committee, in an effort to not repeat the failures of the 2012 election cycle, was holding trainings for Republican Congressmen about what to say, and what not to say, to women candidates on the campaign trail.
As Mike Allen sai d "Admitting you have a problem is the first step."
Apparently Speaker John Boehner is also taking notes because as Politico noted, "his own top aides met recently with Republican staff to discuss how lawmakers should talk to female constituents."
You mean saying you have binders full of women isn't the way to go? One Republican staffer who attended the session noted:
"Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn."
You don't say.
"From Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) talking about rape and pregnancy at a Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this year, to House Republicans passing a 20-week abortion ban in June, to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) blaming military sexual assault on “hormones,” there have been repeated instances where GOP lawmakers have come off as tone-deaf to female voters."
Perhaps the saddest part is maybe the RNC should make a stop in Texas. After instances where Republican Senator Troy Fraser famously stated, he had trouble hearing women's voices while being unbelievably patronizing on the Senator Floor. And of course who could forget Senator Van De Putte, now a candidate for Lt. Governor, this past summer with her famous question, "At what point must a female Senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male collegues in the room?"
It is not hard to imagine why the GOP could use a few lessons.