When Republicans raised legitimate First Amendment concerns about the government’s requirement that religiously-affiliated employers provide free contraceptives to employees, the left spun the issue into the hyperbolic “war on women.”
To be sure, Republicans like Rush Limbaugh did not help matters by degrading the debate into an ad hominem attack when he branded Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut.” Rather than remaining above such an absurd media circus, President Obama needlessly waded into the fray by calling Fluke to express his “express his disappointment that she has been the subject of inappropriate personal attacks and to thank her for exercising her rights as a citizen to speak out on an issue of public policy.”
One would have thought the president had more pressing issues on his plate like dealing with a massive fiscal deficit, spiraling federal debt, an anemic economic recovery, rising gasoline prices, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a nuclear-armed North Korea, the still-precarious situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a host of other issues far more important than defending the “honor” of one 30-year-old Georgetown law student. Moreover, Democrats used Limbaugh’s crass comments to make sweeping generalizations about all conservatives and their supposed “hatred” of women, while the president blithely accepted a $1 million donation from Bill Maher, who has said far worse things about Republican women like Sarah Palin. Predictably, legions of left-leaning apologists have rationalized why Rush Limbaugh was blameworthy and Bill Maher was blameless.
That said, I am not writing this post to call out the left’s hypocrisy nor to debate why or why not Bill Maher can call a Republican woman something nasty but Rush Limbaugh cannot. I am writing to show how hyperbolic the debate becomes on both sides when one side dismisses a legitimate constitutional issue as nothing more than a nefarious and misogynistic plot.
President Obama’s War on Working Women
Since the left opened itself up to ridiculous claims, the GOP took the bait and rushed right in, with candidate Romney pointing out that 92.3% of those who lost jobs lost during the Obama administration were women. Liberal talking heads like Rachel Maddow have even rationalized this number away by arguing that if Mitt Romney had started his analysis on February 1, 2009 when Obama had his first full month in office (a fair point), women’s job losses would have represented 3x the total number of net job losses (to make her point sound more absurd, Maddow cited 300% instead of 3x). She further asserts this figure (i.e., 300%) sounds so unintuitive and ridiculous that no one would believe it. Of course, that would simply mean that men gained jobs (a negative number in this equation), while women lost them. Her new figure only strengthens Romney’s case.
To be fair, while the numbers clearly confirm Romney’s statement, it is a stretch to claim that the president’s policies somehow ushered in this result. It is more likely that male-dominated construction jobs were lost at the start of the recession, while female-dominated state and local public sector positions were lost in more recent months.
But hey, if the left wants to engage in ridiculous hyperbole, why can’t the right?
President Obama Makes War on Moms…and Multiple Sclerosis
One would think this juvenile “war over women” could not get any more preposterous. Nevertheless, Democratic strategist, Hilary Rosen stepped right into the cesspool. Surprisingly, Republicans didn’t even have to bait her. I’m sure they greatly appreciate her gratuitous stupidity.
She made the claim that stay-at-home mom Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.”
Oh, and did I mention that Ann Romney has Multiple Sclerosis? I wonder what it’s like to raise five boys with that condition?
I must say, nice work, Hilary. You just gave the Republicans a War on Mothers and a War on People with Debilitating Chronic Illnesses. If conservatives are lucky, maybe you’ll go for a hat trick.
Not surprisingly, the Democratic intelligentsia sparred no effort in throwing Ms. Rosen under the proverbial bus. They simply could not scramble to the exits fast enough. By the end of today, the Vice President, First Lady, and President Obama had all made public comments praising motherhood and discrediting Ms. Rosen.
When a political party spins a legitimate debate into a hyperbolic “us vs. them” narrative, it can spin out of control. Hilary Rosen proved just how far it can take both parties off the deep end.