SBA List to Offer Rape Sensitivity Training to Beleaguered GOP

Apparently, the GOP would rather have a bunch of conservative anti-feminist women explain to them that they should either keep their mouths shut when asked about abortion in the instances of rape, or keep their responses vague.

SBA List is going to offer Republicans rape sensitivity training, which will consist of learning to respond with “I sympathize with rape victims” whenever they are asked any questions.

That should go over really well. People love it when their elected officials offer canned answers in response to important questions.

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65 replies
  1. 1
    Cassidy says:

    OH GAWD CROSS POST! In before Ulee, Cacti, etc.

    Anyways. Let these clowns keep running their mouths. I want them to explain what legitimate rape is. I want them to show up in neighborhoods with their assault rifles. I want them to tell us exactly what they think. It’s working beautifully.

  2. 2
    Baud says:

    Rape is hard.

  3. 3
    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    learning to respond with “I sympathize with rape victims” whenever they are asked any questions.

    It still won’t work. If there’s a pause, they’ll fill it with “as long as it’s legitimate rape and they weren’t asking for it by wearing one of those short skirts, you know the ones with …gararrragglle”

  4. 4
    Roger Moore says:

    learning to respond with “I sympathize with rape victims” whenever they are asked any questions.

    Sounds a hell of a lot better than their current responses of “she was asking for it” and “that isn’t legitimate rape”.

    ETA: Let’s just hope they can avoid mentioning that the real victims of rape are men who are afraid of being falsely accused.

  5. 5
    Eric U. says:

    if they weren’t so evil, I would feel sorry for these people. So many inconsistencies between what they and their base believe and what 73% of Americans consider rational thought, I can’t imagine the problems they have answering any question.

  6. 6
    efgoldman says:

    As Kilgore points out today, putting duct tape across your mouth doesn’t change the well-known position of the usual suspects that, from the moment of conception (g*d’s weeyull) to the moment of birth (also g*d’s weeyull), that little bundle of protoplasm is to be protected with all the awesome power of the state.
    After its born? Probably not so much.

    ETA: Forgot the link
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.c.....042481.php

  7. 7
    Roger Moore says:

    @efgoldman:
    Also, too, let’s not forget that they don’t know when conception is, so they’d better back date it to the moment of ovulation, or maybe a bit before that.

  8. 8
    Patricia Kayden says:

    “rape sensitivity training”.

    There is such a thing? Wow.

  9. 9
    cyntax says:

    You can’t say it won’t be an improvement over what they’ve said in the past.

    On a more serious note, I really, really recommend the blog yes means yes for cogent and painfully informative discussions of the topic, in particular the post titled “Meet the Predators.” And for any burners out there, you might be interested to read “A Rape in BlackRock City.” None of it is light reading and some might find it triggering but it’s worth your time.

  10. 10
    Cacti says:

    @Cassidy:

    Que?

    This is my first post today.

    Flattered to know that I’m on your mind.

  11. 11
    Cacti says:

    As for the OP, Phil Gingrey is the posterboy for the old joke…

    Q: What do you call the dumbest guy in his medical school class?

    A: Doctor

  12. 12
    aimai says:

    @Roger Moore:
    You beat me to it. That’s exactly what I was going to say.

  13. 13
    Jay says:

    I know the SBA List’s program isn’t the same, but it made me think of my undergrad school’s efforts to educate incoming freshmen about rape during Orientation Week (To be fair, I think my school did a good job, even bringing in the famed speaker Katie Koestner when I was a freshman. What a speech she gave!).

    My point is something like this: it’s another low point for the GOP now that one of their interest groups has decided to treat them like college freshmen, but then, to compare this current crop of GOPers to college freshmen would be unfair to college freshmen.

  14. 14
    BGinCHI says:

    Most of the older white People who live in the South and the plains and the suburbs love it when their elected officials offer canned answers in response to important questions.

    Fixed for demographic specificity.

  15. 15
    efgoldman says:

    @BGinCHI:

    Fixed for demographic specificity.

    Northist!

  16. 16
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    That GOP pols require instruction on how to respond to the issue of rape is another example of how deeply they’ve driven their heads up their own asses.

  17. 17
    BGinCHI says:

    @efgoldman: I worked the Plains in there. Those rectangles go all the way to the Canadian border!

    We need a name for the AZ, UT, ID swath of GOP nutcases.

  18. 18
    Anoniminous says:

    People love it when their elected officials offer canned answers in response to important questions.

    Rape isn’t any kind, by any stretch of the imagination, an “important question.” It’s a vicious physical assault.

    Pure and Simple.

  19. 19
    Woodrowfan says:

    Well, they recently held a discussion on trying to appeal to a more diverse voter base (i.e., the Blahs) in the Burwell Plantation room. Perhaps they’ll hold their meeting on trying to appeal to women in a Hooters…

  20. 20
    WereBear says:

    The astonishing fact that they apparently don’t know unless prompted is what really sickens me.

  21. 21

    @Anoniminous: Indeed. The important question being “should rape victims be forced to carry rape babies.”

  22. 22
    Calouste says:

    @WereBear:

    Well, they don’t know and they don’t understand. Saying “I sympathize with rape victims” is not going to make them understand it any better, to them it is just a mantra that helps ward off evil, in this accusations of insensitivity. And that’s the positive take on it. The negative take is that they damn well know and mean what they said before and that they have to be taught how to hide it.

  23. 23
    Calouste says:

    @BGinCHI: Greater Mormonia?

  24. 24
    MikeJ says:

    @Anoniminous:

    Rape isn’t any kind, by any stretch of the imagination, an “important question.” It’s a vicious physical assault.

    Yes, but talking about rape is important, and questions can be involved. Talking about rape is not a physical assault.

  25. 25
    Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin) says:

    John Quiggen on Manning and Swartz

    http://crookedtimber.org/2013/.....on-swartz/

  26. 26
    Anoniminous says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL):

    You grant me ground I should not have.

    What the %@#$^! business is it of mine to weigh in, one way or the other?

    As far as the rapist, we have an old New Mexico tradition I would invoke: staking the person out over an ant hill and slathering them with honey. Problem solved.

  27. 27
    efgoldman says:

    @Anoniminous:

    …we have an old New Mexico tradition I would invoke: staking the person out over an ant hill and slathering them with honey.

    Might be more educational for the TeaHadis then “sensitivity training.”

  28. 28
    Roger Moore says:

    @efgoldman:

    Might be more educational for the TeaHadis then “sensitivity training.”

    Objection: cruelty to animals.

  29. 29
    Gwangung says:

    @efgoldman: No, they’d get turned on by it.

  30. 30
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @BGinCHI:

    We need a name for the AZ, UT, ID swath of GOP nutcases.

    “Mountain West”.

    Interestingly, to some degree Oregon and Washington east of the Cascades fit in more with those states than they do with the blue areas west of the Cascades (where most of the people in those states live).

  31. 31
    BGinCHI says:

    @Calouste: I was thinking Outer Mor(m)onia.

    Not sure how it would be pronounced.

  32. 32
    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    We need a name for the AZ, UT, ID swath of GOP nutcases.

    Low humidity high stupidity….

  33. 33
    Michael G says:

    I’d love it if someone started asking the “rape baby” congressmen “Sir, if your wife was raped, would you raise the baby as your own, or put it up for adoption?”

    (Yeah, it would probably be counterproductive, but that’s the kind of jackass I am.)

  34. 34
    BGinCHI says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Agreed, but I didn’t want to put CO in there. Lots of nuts but also lots of progressives. Also home to some of the best beer in the country and the biggest brewing fascists (rhymes with Poors).

  35. 35

    @BGinCHI:

    We need a name for the AZ, UT, ID swath of GOP nut cases

    The sagedouche rebellion.

  36. 36
    Anoniminous says:

    @MikeJ:

    With all due respect (and for me that isn’t an inane, vacuous, phrase) I really – really, really, really – do not understand why is it a topic of conversation.

    It’s wrong. End of discussion.

    Whether a woman who has been raped has an abortion, or not, carries the child to term and raises it or puts it up for adoption is something up to the woman. She is the one who was subjected to brutality, she is the one who needs to decide. There are some issues – put it – here that as men we don’t ‘get’ in any way, shape, or form.

  37. 37
    Mike in NC says:

    Oh, the rape sensitivity training stuff will be quickly forgotten when the new Congress is seated and a dozen GOP representatives file articles to impeach Obama for a dozen different insane reasons.

  38. 38
    TS says:

    on the politico link

    “If they want to make inroads with women, then they need to subject every one of their candidates to sensitivity training — not to mention reality training.”

    On what planet do candidates for congress NOT understand the reality of rape. I guess they have to be taught that “women are people too”. The GOP is regressing back to the time of drowning witches.

  39. 39

    If these nitwits had any kind of working filter between their lizard brain and their mouth in the first place, they wouldn’t need this crash course in affecting an appearance of sympathy which has the prerequisite of engaging said filter. But hey, golf claps all around for the grifters charging for the course.

  40. 40
    RSA says:

    “My name is Todd, and I’m a Republican. It’s been five months since I’ve made a rape comment.”

    Full room: “Hi, Todd.”

  41. 41
    Jibeaux says:

    When they are asked ANY questions? Like, debt ceiling questions? Okay. Most of them bring it up of their own accord when talking about abortion. They may forget to pull that particular string unless they’re asked about rape.

  42. 42
    efgoldman says:

    @Anoniminous:

    Whether a woman who has been raped has an abortion, or not, carries the child to term and raises it or puts it up for adoption is something up to the woman.

    Well yes, exactly. Except that one of our two major political parties doesn’t believe that for a second, as a matter of policy. [It was in their platform, after all.]

  43. 43
    efgoldman says:

    @Mike in NC:

    …and a dozen GOP representatives file articles to impeach Obama for a dozen different insane reasons.

    I hope so. Neither Obama nor the Dems is in any danger from such a resolution, and remember how much good it did for the Newtniks in ’98. Bring it on. Turn up the crazy to eleventy!

  44. 44
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @RSA:

    That won’t work because it has too many steps, it’ll be too complicated for them.

  45. 45
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @efgoldman:

    And therein lies the problem. Which is why they keep talking about it. They can’t help themselves. Their totally fucked up asshole invisible sky buddy demands it.

  46. 46

    @Anoniminous:

    I would invoke: staking the person out over an ant hill and slathering them with honey. Problem solved.

    I’m on board… if you add fire ants.

  47. 47
    Anoniminous says:

    @efgoldman:

    I don’t care what that amalgamation of intellectually incompetent, drivel spouting, lack-witted goobers & troglodytes say about anything. What I do care about is the political power those fuckwads have but there’s bugger all I can do about it so I don’t let it weigh me down.

    Granted, I’m male and over draft age so I’m fortunate.

  48. 48
    efgoldman says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    They can’t help themselves. Their totally fucked up asshole invisible sky buddy demands it.

    I think maybe sky buddy wants a sane political party in power, so it winds them up and just lets them go.

  49. 49
    Anoniminous says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL):

    Fire ants in this neck of the desert are 10,000,000 a penny, “no hay problema,” as we say ’round here; “inga problem” as my ancestors would put it.

  50. 50
    the Conster says:

    Every day brings confirmation that every single Republican is a mouth breather. Word by word, action by action, they’re revealing themselves as being stunted, amoral, heartless dumbasses who have nothing to offer anyone, forget about producing a national leader who would command any respect on the world stage.

    Keep flying those freak flags, clueless rapenuts.

  51. 51
    Sly says:

    In other news, the Frederick Douglas Club, a lobbying group specializing in Voter ID, is telling Republican governors to begin their talking points on the issue with the phrase “of course, no one wants to restrict voting rights for all black people.”

  52. 52

    The number appears again:

    David Winston, a top GOP pollster and close adviser to Boehner, unveiled the House Republicans’ most recent favorable rating based on his own analysis: It came in at a barrel-scraping 27 percent.

  53. 53
    Cacti says:

    @BGinCHI:

    We need a name for the AZ, UT, ID swath of GOP nutcases.

    Mormons.

  54. 54
    zoot says:

    I know that republicans are stupid as hell, but it is still astounding to see that they are so stupid, so insular, and so ego maniacal that they would need sensitivity training relative to rape.

    Its a damn shame that such human wastage as the modern republican exists; what a vile, horrid perversion of the immaculate potential of humans.

  55. 55

    @BGinCHI:

    We need a name for the AZ, UT, ID swath of GOP nutcases.

    Mormon?

  56. 56

    @The Other Bob:

    Oops, bunch of folks beat me to it.

  57. 57
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @ranchandsyrup:

    I heard today that Tea Party support is at 23%. You know you must really suck when your support is lower than your 27% base.

  58. 58
    Petorado says:

    “But” — that will be the SBA List’s undoing. After the consultants go home, the smiles fade from the RNC’s self-satisfied faces of nipping another PR problem in the bud, and as the Republican knuckleheads finish nodding in agreement of how to save their party’s fading reputation, this will all be undone when the first goober goes in front of the klieg lights and says, “I sympathize with rape victims … but …” And then it will be back to their insane highjinks as usual.

  59. 59

    Heh. They’re going to try to focus group and rebrand out of this.

    Knowing that more than a quarter of people are insane helps me from time to time in meatspace. It’s a catch-all for fucked up situations.

  60. 60
    Jamey says:

    I think the only way the GOP can successfully give sensitivity training to their pols is if SBA stands for “STOP BEING ASSHOLES.”

  61. 61
    Gloryb says:

    I understand that they had no members of minority groups (just a group of white folks) to moderate the session on how to communicate with other ethnicities.

  62. 62
    brantl says:

    That should go over really well. People love it when their elected officials offer canned answers in response to important questions.

    It’s worked for them for 30 years; ever heard of Frank Luntz?

  63. 63
    brantl says:

    @BGinCHI: Coors is the most flavorless beer I have ever had.

  64. 64
    Tone in DC says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL):

    Nah.. Use siafu instead. Or just wait for some rather large vultures to fly by.

  65. 65
    Tone in DC says:

    @brantl:

    Maybe people are ready to turn down their iPods and actually listen to what’s going on. Like they did when these g00pers tried to restrict voting last November.

    Insult people enough, baldly enough, and Luntz and his cronies may not be enough to overcome the response. They weren’t enough last November.

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