Mitch McConnell Hearts The Violence Against Women Act, Can We Get a “Wait, What?!?”

Silly Republicans.  We’re not all as gullible as your average Fox News viewer.

Senate Minority leader Mitch “I love filibusters so much, I filibustered my own bill” McConnell, famous for performing, in the words of Lawrence O’Donnell, “the most idiotic thing any minority leader has ever done on the Senate floor,”and the man I would most like to see sitting across a poker table from me, is up for re-election, and like all Republicans Senator Mitch has a women problem.  Funny how waging a war against the 50.8% of the nation with vaginas leads to a little backlash against your party, isn’t it?  Senator Mitch is dealing with the problem with the time tested method of gathering a few token members of the population together into a group in your favor.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “Women For Team Mitch”, an event held on Friday where press packets featuring testimonials from Kentucky women.  I know, I guess some women want government inside their vaginas.  Weird, isn’t it?  And a bit kinky.  Maybe it is a side effect of the whole “Fifty Shades….” craze.  Think again, ladies.  From what I hear, the GOP ignores the safe word.

One of these testimonials caught the eye of an alert reporter for the Louisville-based LEO Weekly, Joe Sonka, who posted it on Twitter.  Let’s turn to TPM for the rest of the story:

The quote, attributed to a woman named Angela Leet in Jefferson County, read, “Mitch was the co-sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act- and continues to advocate for stronger policies to protect women. I am proud to call him my senator.”

Wow.  I didn’t know Mitch was such a crusader for women’s rights.  What a stand up guy.  See, not all Republi…wait a second here.  This is Mitch McConnell, right?

McConnell did cosponsor a version of the Violence Against Woman Act in 1991, which never received a Senate vote. But by the time the measure came up again in 1993, McConnell was no longer a cosponsor, and in fact voted against final passage of the bill. In 2005, it was renewed by an unrecorded voice vote. In 2012, McConnell voted against the Senate-passed VAWA, which died in the House. Then early in 2013, he again voted against VAWA re-authorization, which passed the Senate by a vote of 78-22, and eventually passed the House and was signed into law.

Wait, What?!?  A member of the Republican party, a member in a leadership position, engaging in deception?  Say it isn’t so!  I wonder what Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes would say about this if she found out?   Would she ovary up and call him a lying liar who lies?

“The women of Kentucky will not be fooled by Senator McConnell’s failed leadership and deception when it comes to issues important to women and their families,” Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton told TPM. “His actions read loud and clear: McConnell repeatedly voted against equal pay for equal work, the Violence Against Women Act and now turns to lies to cover his shameful record.”

Hmmm.  Not as pithy as “lying liar who lies,” but close enough.

 

Keep F%#$ing That Chicken

So, have you heard about the GOP War on Women, 2012?

I’m sure you have already read about this story somewhere already, but if not yet another GOP Senate candidate has pledged his unwavering support to the rights of fetuses forcibly implanted without the consent of the mother, at the obvious expense of the rights of said mother.  Yeah, that’s right, yet one more voice added to the choir of “we don’t give a shit if you got raped or not, you are having that fucking baby!”

Tea Party Senate candidate from Indian, Richard Mourdock:

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God,” Mourdock said at a debate.  “And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.

Mourdock of course claims that we are twisting his words:

“For speaking from my heart, from the deepest level of my faith, I cannot apologize,” he said.

“I would be less than faithful to my faith if I said anything other than life is precious. I think it is a gift from God. I don’t think God would ever want anyone harmed, sexually abused, or raped. I think it’s wrong when someone wants to take what I said and twist it,” he said.

Once again, here is Mourdock’s comment, untwisted:

And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.

Let’s see if I can sort this out.  God doesn’t want you to get raped, but he isn’t going to stop you from getting raped. (probably because you were dressed like a slut and asking for it anyways)  And if God wants you to get pregnant but you are not cooperating with his plans, and you just happen to get raped, well, you have to have the rape baby because that’s what God intended…

Look, all joking aside, the God Mourdock worships is one sick fuck.  Is the rape baby like a consolation prize?  “I didn’t want you to get raped, but since you did, here is a gift from me!”  “Look, it is God.  I was feeling really horrible that you got raped while I was busy damning gay people to hell, so I was trying to figure out a way to make it up to you.  Here’s what I came up with; a baby so you can relive the rape constantly and never put it behind you!  Aren’t I kind and just?”

Well, at least we can take comfort in knowing that mainstream members of the GOP are going to be quickly backing away from Mourdock.  Right?

Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader in the US Senate, is standing behind Tea Party Senate candidate from Indian, Richard Mourdock, who in a debate the other night said that when a rape victim gets pregnant, God intended the pregnancy and it’s a “gift.”

GOP Sen. John McCain initially criticizing Mourdock, but now has changed his mind.  And GOP wonderboy Marco Rubio of Florida is also standing behind Wannabe Senator Rape-Baby.

Sigh.  Well, at least Mitt Romney will withdraw his support of Mourdock.  I mean, Romney has to appeal to moderates.  Right?

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him.”

What was I thinking?  I mean, both the VP nominee and the official GOP platform think rape victims should be forced to give birth to rape babies.