It's widely believed that earning the female vote was one of Obama's keys to victory. Although Romney's constantly fluid stances on, well, everything certainly didn't help him at the ballot box, probably the most vivid reminder that suffrage actually happened and women's votes actually matter was that pretty much every ignorant loudmouth blabbering about "legitimate rape" and how some women "rape so easy" is now looking for a lobbyist job. In addition, we are sending twenty, count 'em, twenty women to the United States Senate. That's a record. Furthermore, New Hampshire is sending an all-female delegation to the Senate and House. Clearly, alienating the female vote is a really bad idea.
Needless to say, the (mostly male) politicians acting like sexist morons have been clearly chastised and are taking a long, introspective look at... oh, who am I kidding?
I have many lovely Republican friends, people whom I politely disagree with politically and argue their points intelligently, cogently, and with an eye towards common ground. I love speaking with them for precisely these reasons.
Unfortunately, currently they are represented by, for example, Ron Johnson, senior Senator of Wisconsin, who was hoping to sit down with Tammy Baldwin and explain the federal budget to her.
Baldwin has a double major. In mathematics and government.
It's baffling to me. I have literally seen nothing, in my life, to indicate people this backwards are in any way the majority of the Republican Party. That aforementioned New Hampshire delegation includes staunch Republican Kelly Ayotte. And yet they run the entire party, and they're too busy fulminating about the "slut vote" to realize that maybe women don't want to vote for them because, uh, they kinda come off like they don't like women all that much, to be honest.
The worst part is that it's not over yet. It's been a long standing Republican tradition that the guy who comes in second becomes the nominee in the next Presidential race. Reagan lost to Gerald Ford for the nomination in 1976. George H.W. Bush lost in 1980 but was chosen as Vice President. George W. Bush broke the chain, but John McCain restored it. And Romney lost to John McCain in 2008.
So if the GOP sticks to their general pattern, that means your 2016 GOP nominee will be...
Oh brother. Here we go again.