The War On Women Crosses The Rubin Con

Interesting to note that Sarah Palin’s dark horse in Nebraska literally came out of nowhere to win the GOP senate primary, but Jennifer Rubin declares this neat little fallacy as a result:

With more and more female candidates, the Democrats’ “war on women” meme becomes sillier and sillier.

Because of course draconian conservative policies on contraception, abortion, health insurance and medical procedures in general advocated by Republican women can’t possibly qualify as misogynist, same theory that Allen West’s presence as a GOP member of Congress means that Republicans can’t be racist.  It’s asinine, either Rubin thinks that gender trumps policy, or that policy doesn’t matter at all.

How is this person still employed at Kapl…oh, yeah.

62 replies
  1. 1
    shortstop says:

    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice title.

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    terraformer says:

    Somebody’s paying Rubin quite handsomely to proffer the VSP position.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    the Democrats’ “war on women” meme becomes sillier and sillier.

    This is why virtually every woman of my acquaintance, ever the Republican ones, are firmly off Team Romney as of right now. They’re either voting Obama or staying home.

    VICTORY! or some fail shit like that

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Republicans have a woman friend so they can’t possibly be misogynistic. Sure, she has a rolled up pair of tub socks stuffed into her pants and acts like a woman’s parody of a man, but she is a women so the left is quite wrong her.

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    Brachiator says:

    One of the best thread titles evah!

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    kindness says:

    Doesn’t matter. Only wingnutz will site Jennifer Rubin as a good source and they already won’t vote for the sociali$t Kenyan userper. ie – see Andrew Sullivan.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    You know, you could save yourself some stress if you just closed your eyes until you scrolled past her column.

    [Past the point of no return? Does that mean the battle is on?]

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    Ash Can says:

    The WaPo had to do something quick to atone for the anti-gay-bigotry bit from earlier.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    With more and more female candidates, the Democrats’ “war on women” meme becomes sillier and sillier.

    Does not compute, Lady.

    Does she know what a “house nxxx” is? And how much they improved the lives of the field hands [not]? And how much they influenced the attitudes of the field workers?

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    OT … but those mourning the loss of Americans Elect can always sign up with Tea Party For Obama.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    “Yes, my boyfriend beats me, but he says he’s sorry afterwards.”

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    jc says:

    Hey, you see the documents accidentally released by Goldman?

    You can delete this, but let’s have a thread about it!

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    How is this person still employed at Kapl…oh, yeah

    __
    This deserves to be a tag.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ:

    Second that. Deserves to be a tag.

    Way better than the disembodied anus one.

    Jennifer Rubin is execrable.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Southern Beale:

    ATTN anyone clicking on Southern Beale’s link. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT do so with a mouth full of food. You may choke to death. Especially if you, like me, have the sense of humor of a 12-year-old boy.

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    Kay says:

    It’s such a common mistake among conservatives.

    When Democrats say “Republicans are waging a war on women” Republicans hear “men are waging a war on women” so they point to Republican women. When Democrats say “Republicans are assaulting gay people” Republicans hear “straight people are assaulting gay people” so they point to a gay Republican. They’re poor listeners.

    All it does is reinforce what Democrats are actually saying: it’s Republicans.

    Men, women, straight, gay, it’s Republicans. Why is this so hard for them?

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    Zifnab says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    This is why virtually every woman of my acquaintance, ever the Republican ones, are firmly off Team Romney as of right now. They’re either voting Obama or staying home.

    Have they been informed that they are being very silly? I’m confident this will win them right back over.

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    Brownback signed a law allowing Kansas pharmacists to refuse to fill certain prescriptions for things like birth control. But remember ladies: the war on women is all in your heads!

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    mdblanche says:

    Most of the columnists at Kaplan make an effort to at least display some sort of personal style. Rubin seems to just lazily cut and paste whatever press releases the RNC forwards to her.

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    Rick Massimo says:

    @mdblanche: It’s what (I believe it was) Ezra Klein said about Bill Kristol: He’s not an opinion writer; he’s a political operative. He’s not paid to give his opinion; he’s paid to give THIS opinion.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques:

    she has a rolled up pair of tub socks stuffed into her pants

    Damn, how big ARE those socks?

    For that matter, how big are the PANTS?

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    Mark S. says:

    @mdblanche:

    Yeah, she really is about the bottom of the barrel.

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    Sophist says:

    The increasing number of capos PROVES that the whole “Nazis are anti-Semitic” meme is ridiculous.

    Yeah, I went there.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Rick Massimo: Yes, that describes her perfectly. If she isn’t on the Romney payroll, she should be.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    They have overseers for every demographic now – wimmens, the coloreds, them thar queers, the salt of the earth types – you know, morons.

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    jrg says:

    It really is all about identity politics to the right, isn’t it?

    No wonder they think Obama supporters like him because he’s black. When you’re working with drastically insufficient cognitive resources, it might not occur to you that the pompous, faggy noises coming from his mouth have meaning that doesn’t translate into the native grunts, howls, and gestures of “real ‘murica”… Thus, Sarah Palin… And idiotic opinion columns like Rubin’s.

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    LAC says:

    She is a couple kneepads and video camera away from publicly fellating Romney. In her world, black is white and white is red, and she will write anything to get that black out of the white…house.

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    eric says:

    that is just like saying the GOP can’t be anti-gay because Lindsey Graham is in the Senate.

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    jl says:

    I dunno, sounds like good news for Republicans to me.

    The vast majority of Congressional GOP is tighty whitey dudes, so there is no way they could pass legislation that is bad for working poor white men, is there?

    An important issue that ties all the posturing and tokenism and symbolic wedge issuing on gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity is economic class division and resulting distribution of political and economic power and autonomy. And the manipulation and exploitation of people’s tribalist fears, sense of identity, and sense of fairness that can be expected from the ‘same’ and the ‘other’ type of people in society and government.

    As a wise and farsighted leader (of the other side) put it recently: divide and conquer.

    Edit: I should say that I think a certain level of tribalism is to be expected, among every group that has some kind of shared identity. Especially in the high threat environment of the current economic climate, where a certain level of trust is required between groups that do not have a natural sense of shared identity in order to solve common problems.

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    the fugitive uterus says:

    Jan Brewer is the Cryptkeeper in a bad wig. That is all.

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    Captain Howdy says:

    Literally came out of nowhere?

    Now I’m scared.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Can’t we just stipulate that everything Jennifer Rubin writes is stupid and/or contemptible, ignore her, and move on? A steady diet of low-hanging fruit isn’t good for anyone.

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    lacp says:

    @Ben Cisco: Are we talking Jonah Goldberg size here?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @mdblanche:

    That’s for domestic issues. On all foreign policy issues, it’s whatever the Likud forwards her.

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    Mino says:

    OT, but interesting that someone else has noticed the interest insurance conglomerates have in seeing Obamacare upheld in the SC.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/....._blog.html

    And given the numbers who are dropping what insurance they have and delaying needed treatment in this economy, it’s probably even worse for the bloodsuckers than that.

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    eemom says:

    It’s asinine, either Rubin thinks that gender trumps policy, or that policy doesn’t matter at all.

    Actually Rubin didn’t invent this meme. It has its roots way over in the Jane Hamshers of the left. Ain’t that right, TBogg?

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    Turgidson says:

    I have it on good authority that Romney’s wife Ann is a woman. Thus, he can’t possibly be accused of supporting policies that are anti-woman.

    Whew, that’s a relief.

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    handsmile says:

    After what the vile Rubin wrote about Anders Breivik in the immediate aftermath of last summer’s massacre (claiming him to be an al-Qaeda associate) and never apologizing once his Christian terrorist ideology became known, I do not read her any longer. I’d encourage others to do the same in the feeble hope that decline in page views might prompt her employers to take note.

    I can only imagine that her “analysis” of Deb Fischer’s primary win in the Nebraska GOP Senate contest is as poorly informed.

    Fischer won this race for two reasons: a recent wave of third-party advertising support from Chicago businessman Joe Ricketts; and a months-long vicious brawl between two other ultra-conservatives, state attorney general Jon Bruning and former AG Don Stenberg, both of whom had been poll frontrunners for most of the campaign.

    Fisher’s victory is yet another tolling of the bell for American democracy, courtesy of Citizens United. Here’s Charles Pierce with a draft obituary:
    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/p.....ry-8893769

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    Mino says:

    @the fugitive uterus: She rather looks like a bleached-out version of the tanning bed mother.

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    Ar least for Heather Wilson for senate, she will have to contend with some fairly deep support for Obama in my state of NM, with likely some coat tails with O on the ticket. Once a perennial swing state for POTUS elections, it has turned quite blue since Obama ran in 2008.

    Raleigh, N.C. – New Mexico is not going to be a swing state this year. Barack Obama defeated John McCain by 15 points there in 2008, and the polling so far suggests a similar outcome is likely this fall. PPP’s newest poll finds Obama ahead of Mitt Romney 54-40 in the state. That’s changed little from when we polled the state in December and found Obama up 53-38.

    Obama’s overwhelming support from three groups that have received a lot of attention lately- women, Hispanics, and young voters- makes it very hard for Romney to be competitive in New Mexico. Obama’s up 61-35 with women, 67-30 with Hispanics, and 56-35 with young voters.

    New Mexico is by far the most blue state in the intermountain west, though sometimes quirky for libertarian types. It has the highest Hispanic/Anglo ratio, and hopefully is acting as a bell weather moving leftward for some other states out here, that have been largely red for national elections. But may at least be competitive for Obama and democrats.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Isn’t that just the same thing?

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    Anonymous At Work says:

    Identity politics. Wasn’t this once regarded by Republicans as a liberal mockery of governance?

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    nastybrutishntall says:

    @Stuck in the Funhouse: In some ways, New Mexico is our future. It’s not a rich state, quite diverse, and it is blue but not blue-blood. Big populations not just of Hispanics/Latinos, but also Native Americans, mostly Navajo, who have a strong presence in the culture of the state. There is plenty of religious conservatism, but it’s more ma-and-pa Catholicism rather than MegaChurch corporatism, and more libertarian, so it tends to be a blue-collar, working-stiff positive culture. I’m just over the border in SW Colorado, and I always feel like I’m driving “to America” when I head down to ABQ out of the rarified snow-whiteness of the mountains.

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    El Cid says:

    Just because you’re against women having equal rights to their own medical coverage or medical care decisions to men doesn’t make you anti-women, because maybe one or more women agree with those policies, so there.

    Right?

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    Mino says:

    @nastybrutishntall: Isn’t Obama pretty popular with the Tribes, too? I know his VAWA position will be much appreciated by Tribal law enforcement.

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    Mino says:

    @El Cid: Mississippi has passed a law against the mis-use of coathangers. That’s after closing their last abortion clinic. “Gotta have some morals” doncha know.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Mino:

    As I keep saying, the interesting thing about the case in front of the Supreme Court is that it forces John Roberts to choose between corporations and conservative ideology. If PPACA is struck down, corporations will lose billions of dollars, but conservatives will be able to stick to their worldview.

    I honestly don’t know which one Roberts will pick. He always seemed like a corporatist to me, so he would vote in favor of keeping PPACA, but maybe he’s been biding his time to destroy the New Deal entirely and doesn’t care about the consequences to corporations.

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    jimmiraybob says:

    In the expansion across the continent, American Indians were often enlisted by the U.S. to fight the American Indian wars. It was still a war against American Indians.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Agreed. Jennifer Rubin is not worth the attention, and frankly not that interesting.

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    @nastybrutishntall:

    Big populations not just of Hispanics/Latinos, but also Native Americans, mostly Navajo, who have a strong presence in the culture of the state.

    It has been so long since I even visited a white dominated area, I have to stop and remember what it was like living in those, when I hear others discussing the bullshit that goes on in those places, that is most of the country.

    Especially where I am now in Silver City, that is 3 to 1 registered democrat, and full of a variety of folks making up the multi culture atmosphere, that is largely devoid of white entitlement and the resentment that comes with that. And not a lot of wealth of the monetary kind, though not terribly destitute either, in most areas. There are no other places anymore, that I even want to visit in this country.

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    Mino says:

    @Mnemosyne: If he’s up on his Depression history, he might not think this was a good time to examine that construct.

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    Tom65 says:

    Even funnier:

    Sarah Palin still can pick ‘em. She was the only prominent pol to back Fischer. Palin’s highest value in the GOP may be in finding talented female candidates (e.g. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley).

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    I honestly don’t know which one Roberts will pick. He always seemed like a corporatist to me, so he would vote in favor of keeping PPACA, but maybe he’s been biding his time to destroy the New Deal entirely and doesn’t care about the consequences to corporations.

    The story I heard was most of the conservatives were corporatist put there to protect the corporate citizen nonsense. I would suspect that $1 Trillion weighs a lot of Robert’s mind.

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    Edo says:

    By their reasoning, Obama and the Democratic Party couldn’t possibly be waging a War on Success (i.e., the rich) because there are lots of successful, rich Democrats. And not just old guard ones like the Kennedys.

    morons.

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    goblue72 says:

    Isn’t Rubin one of those right wing nuts that Sully had on his week of “Ask a Wingnut Anything?” film festival?

    She’s one of those completely deranged Likudniks who see an anti-Semite under every rock and can’t comprehend the world except solely through the eyes of an “Israel First!” policy. That’s she’s a complete bigot when it comes to Arab Muslims (or Muslims in general) goes without saying.

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    Splitting Image says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    I honestly don’t know which one Roberts will pick. He always seemed like a corporatist to me, so he would vote in favor of keeping PPACA, but maybe he’s been biding his time to destroy the New Deal entirely and doesn’t care about the consequences to corporations.

    I’m still guessing he votes to uphold. The problem though is that the variety of corporatist which has come to dominate the G.O.P. is the kind that likes to find profits in the misfortunes of other corporations. Mitt Romney is a perfect example. If insurance companies have to go down to provide vulture capitalists an opportunity to raid them for profit, then maybe they’ll just have to go down.

    The problem though is that you can only tolerate this brand of vulturism on a small scale, where it arguably can do some good. Making Romney-style capitalism the entire national business strategy is a terrible idea, and the entire ACA debate hinges on whether Roberts and Kennedy are smart enough to see that. The four “liberal” justices are, and the three movement conservatives probably aren’t. We’ll know about the other two in a couple of weeks.

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    mclaren says:

    Reminds me of the old joke:

    Q: What do you call the only black guy at a GOP convention?

    A: Mr. Chairman!

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    CVS says:

    I would group women who claim to be Republican in the same self-hating crowd as gays who claim to be Republican.

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    CVS says:

    I would group women who claim to be Republican in the same self-hating crowd as gays who claim to be Republican.

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    Mart says:

    Republicans would have been smart enough to frame it as a “War on Lady Parts”, not a “War on Women”.

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