Nel's New Day

March 23, 2013

GOP Legislators in Denial after Autopsy

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 8:22 PM

For the Republicans who can’t understand how they’ve alienated women, minorities, the poor, LGBT, and anyone else who doesn’t fit into the white culture:

The  RNC autopsy following their losses in the 2012 general election, “Growth and Opportunity Project,” concluded that the GOP candidates can connect with women voters by “softer language,” fewer “graphs and charts,” and a collection of women doing media appearances. Translation: women aren’t smart enough to understand all that “information” and will vote for Republicans if other women tell them to do this. Republican strategist John Feehery said on Bill Maher’s show (March 22, 2013) that the GOP just needs to be nicer to people.

Igor Volsky has also prepared a fine chart of what the autopsy says as compared to the existing GOP policy.

Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL) attacked Tom Perez, even before President Obama nominated him as Secretary of Labor, for serving as board president of an organization that advocates on behalf of low-income immigrants and Latinos. Sessions uses the term “illegal immigrant” three times in one paragraph. This is Sessions’ MO: he used it four years ago when opposing the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) said, “Thomas Perez’s record should be met with great suspicion by my colleagues for his spotty work related to the New Black Panther case.” Two different investigations showed that the DOJ had no improper motive when it dismissed the case, and the decision to drop the allegations against the New Black Panther defendants happened five months before Perez took over the Civil Rights Division.

Arkansas Republicans passed a law requiring voters to show photo ID before they can cast a ballot on the day after the GOP autopsy was presented. These popular laws in red states will prevent 2 to 9 percent of registered voters, mostly low-income, students, and people of color, from casting a ballot. The state’s Democratic governor Mike Beebe is expected to veto the bill.

Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (IA), Orrin Hatch (UT), Jeff Sessions (AL), John Cornyn (OK), Mike Lee (UT), and Ted Cruz (TX) think that the debate on immigration reform is moving way too fast. After all, it’s only been six years since the Judiciary Committee started the process under George W. Bush.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) opposed Gina McCarthy, an expert on federal air quality law, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency not because he disagrees with her but because he wants a “concrete timeline for progress” on the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project. Even the Army Corps of Engineers has declared this $100-million piece of Missouri pork as a “swine” and “a bad project”–“an economic dud with huge environmental consequences,” draining more acres of wetlands than all U.S. developers drained in a usual year and cutting off one of the last piece of Mississippi River floodplain still connected to the river.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) objected to a routine Senate resolution commemorating Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. The hundreds of resolutions like “World Plumbing Day” passed by Congress are merely ceremonial, lacking any power of law. Cruz’s office said that he objected to the resolution because he wanted more time to examine the 500-word resolution that had already unanimously passed the House and typically passes without objection every year.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) opposed Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. because she argued the state’s case as former Solicitor General of New York. He announced that he would filibuster her because “she’s got gun problems.”   Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a self-identified libertarian wanting strict limits on government power over people, has introduced “fetal personhood” legislation to give constitutional rights to “preborn humans.” The legislation would “ban abortion altogether at the federal level” and would probably ban hormonal birth control and in-vitro fertilization.

Kansas Republicans are proposing an anti-abortion law that would prevent anyone associated with an abortion provider from working in a public school or even volunteering in a classroom. Republican Rep. Arlen Siegfreid stated that the bill would “prohibit an abortion clinic secretary from bringing cupcakes to school for his or her child’s birthday party.”

FreedomWorks, the highly conservative Tea Party organization, created a promotional video with one segment showing a giant panda supposedly performing oral sex on then secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Two female interns were asked to participate, one wearing the panda costume and the other a Clinton mask.

Six influential Republicans (including GOP Reps. Darrell Issa, CA; John Kline, MN; and Frank Lucas, OK) are raising money for Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) Unopposed, he was re-elected after he pressured a former mistress, also his patient, to get an abortion and agreed with his wife that she should have two abortions, one because they were having trouble with their marriage. DesJarlais opposes legalized abortion.

The Arizona Senate has given preliminary approval to “reject a federal action that the people determine violates the United States Constitution.” If passed, SCR 1016 would prohibit the state and local government from using their employees or finance resources to enforce, administer, or cooperate with any federal action or program they determine is not “consistent with the Constitution.”

Arizona voters already rejected a 2012 measure, also from state Sen. Chester Crandall (R), that would have amended the state constitution to read: “Arizona declares its sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within its boundaries,” nullifying federal authority over areas of the state controlled and protected by the federal government. Other states considering this unconstitutional nullification are Texas, Indiana, Wyoming, Kentucky, Arkansas,  and Alaska.

Arizona has another law that is equally wacky. State legislators want a law forcing transgender people to only use public restrooms, dressing rooms, and showers associated with the gender listed on their birth certificate. This extremist legislation from state Rep. John Kavanagh (R) appears to be a reaction to a Phoenix human rights bill prohibiting gender identity discrimination in public accommodations.  Violation could be punished by fines as high as $4,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) gave the following answer when asked if his views on marriage equality had changed:  “I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.” Chambliss’ statement that he would oppose marriage equality because it didn’t affect him is reminiscent of Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-AZ) position that eliminated the requirement of maternity care from employers’ benefits. He said, “I don’t need maternity care. So requiring that on my insurance policy is something that I don’t need and will make the policy more expensive.” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) had an answer for Kyl’s illogic: “I think your mom probably did.”

These are just a few of the examples showing how the GOP continues to alienate everyone except white men. Next week, the GOP goes into the Supreme Court to support the discriminatory DOMA, continuing to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to prevent marriage equality. Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) abusive budget, that Republicans passed this past week, significantly benefits top-income earners and corporations while severely penalizing everyone else.

GOP members also want to slash the corporate tax rate as profits skyrocket and wages for middle and lower income people shrink. At the same time, the GOP continues to pass bills that eradicate the benefits of Obamacare, either 36 or 39 times depending on who’s counting, in order to get rid of free contraception to women and allow employers to deny birth control to their workers. The GOP also voted against equal pay for equal work and stonewalled the Violence against Women Act for almost a year.

Yet Republicans still believe that it’s their messaging—or packaging—that keeps voters supporting the Democrats and not their actual policies. The autopsy shows the problems, but GOP legislators stay in denial.

1 Comment »

  1. I think the GOP is also alienating a lot of white men, at least most of the white me I know!


    Comment by Central Oregon Coast NOW — March 23, 2013 @ 8:56 PM | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

the way of improvement leads home

reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life

© blogfactory

Genuine news

Civil Rights Advocacy

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

AGR Daily News

Transformational News; What Works For Seven Future Generations Without Causing Harm?


Res ipsa loquitur - The thing itself speaks

Jennifer Hofmann

Inspiration for soul-divers, seekers, and activists.

Occupy Democrats

Progressive political commentary/book reviews for youth and adults

V e t P o l i t i c s

politics from a liberal veteran's perspective

Margaret and Helen

Best Friends for Sixty Years and Counting...

Rainbow round table news

Official News Outlet for the Rainbow Round Table of the American Library Association

The Extinction Protocol

Geologic and Earthchange News events

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

Over the Rainbow Books

A Book List from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: