The ongoing attack on women’s rights by Republican candidates is so backward, so politically foolish, that it feels as though the party doesn’t really want to win in November. It feels like they’re throwing the election.
The thought that this election is nothing but a smokescreen has been tugging at me for months, that it’s nothing but ground cover created by some evil genius sitting in a shuttered office on K Street. Someone who knows that the real issue is getting money out of American politics to level the playing field for equal representation. Someone who realized that something new might be needed to keep the money issue away from the race to protect the privileges of the corporations and the very wealthy and that the usual hot button issues of God, guns and gays might be running out of emotional steam, so he turned to women’s rights. It’s been settled for years. Nobody would see it coming. It was ingenious, and capable of creating enough smoke to cloud the real issues, like the way our broken government has been completely co-opted by big money.
Things are so dysfunctional following Bill Clinton’s destruction of the Glass Steagall Act and eight years of George W. Bush, that the Republicans might be better off letting Mr. Obama stay right where he is for four more years. Big money owns the system anyway, our politicians are mostly bought and paid for, so why not? Let a Democratic administration continue cleaning up the Clinton/Bush mess, trying to untangle the United States from two wars while the threat of a second Great Depression continues hovering over our heads.
Rational political observers will tell you the Republicans are in trouble because they’ve been forced to play to their base to win in the primaries, a base that’s been moving farther and farther to the right. And that’s true. But it still doesn’t explain this current attack on women’s rights. It’s political suicide. If you think Romney will be able to pivot back to the center after this, you’re out of your mind.
More than half the population is made up of women. And they go to the polls. The number of women turning out to vote in presidential races equals or exceeds the turnout for men. The Republican kingmakers know this, so nothing adds up. Suddenly, two and two make five as we are led to the conclusion that these guys are doing all they can to throw the election. But that can’t be, can it? No, it must be that they’ve been trapped into playing to their base to get through the primaries, leaving the party so shattered that they’ve become their own worst enemies. It’s the only reasonable explanation.
That must be it.
Just when I settle down and get comfortable with the thinking of reasonable people, I go to the latest news and read, “Rick Santorum suggested that re-electing President Barack Obama would be better than electing Republican rival Mitt Romney, a statement that is arguably his toughest criticism of Romney to date.”
Really? What new form of internecine madness is this? It’s almost like they’re throwing the election.