Many Republicans, hide bound GOP leaders, conservative firebrands, and pious candidates with their myopic supporters are in seemingly meth-inspired rage over perceived sexist comments Donald Trump made at the first presidential debate broadcast by Fox News, August 6.
The mainstream media, as well as cable news, has dutifully whipped the controversy into a wicked froth, describing the kerfuffle as a tsunami, and a firestorm, as they herd the idiot sheep toward the cliff.
Trump hurts the Republican brand with women, we are told. The party cannot afford a misogynist insulting 53-percent of the electorate (Bush). Pointing the war on women finger at Trump obfuscates the real issue that is the Republican problem with women, not Trump’s.
Carly Fiorina, a failed Hewlett Packard executive and U.S. Senate candidate with no elected experience is the only woman in a GOP field of 16 candidates. This alone illustrates the Republican problem with women. While men, especially white men, outnumber women in Congress by 3:1, there are just 29 Republican women in Congress (23) and the Senate (3). This borders on 10% in both houses, not 53%, Mr. Bush.
Only one Republican Congresswoman holds a committee chairmanship (Miller R-MI, House Administration). Murkowski (Alaska) and Collins (Maine) are the only two female Republicans in the Senate that hold committee chairs, where the real power is.
According to extensive research by Political Parity, “Republican women and party leaders confirm that the GOP struggles to recruit, coach, and retain women. There’s no significant structure to shepherd female candidates through a primary election. And with little candidate development at the local level or explicit party engagement in primaries, Republicans aren’t establishing a pipeline of future federal officeholders.”
In short, we ought to see blood from the eyes, ears, and “wherever” of the white-haired Bush-poodles and other Republican women as they point their fingers at Republican Party leaders, not the Donald.
The old-boy club and the clowns at Fox holding their cloaks are the ones that need to see the wrath of women in the GOP. While incumbency is a big help or hindrance to entering the field, gender is not the most important issue. Electability, credibility, and ideology are the most important issue when it comes to helping more Republican women get elected.
Locally, in Contra Costa, a very blue California County, Republican women including (but not limited) to Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, and Supervisors Candice Anderson and Mary Nejedly Piepho are great examples of electability, credibility, and even-handed, conservative policy decision making and get-it-done work ethic that represents their districts well. It may sound sexist, but gender had very little to do with their respective elections and service.
We need more of them, and the GOP leadership in California and across the nation must begin to address the real Republican problem with women and begin to recruit and nurture winners.
It’s the sexist pigs like Erick Erickson and mumblers like Jeb Bush and Rick Perry that Republican women and robo babes like Megyn Kelly should rage against, not Donald Trump.