Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Here Are the Women.

Ever since Rush Limbaugh started attacking American women for using contraceptives, there's been an intense firestorm over not just women's reproductive rights, but also more basic issues of where women stand in America today. Last night, Nevada's own Harry Reid discussed this with Lawrence O'Donnell on his MSNBC show.

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“Even in the Rush Limbaugh world, there’s certain things you can’t say. And what brought his attention to this is lots and lots of sponsors of his program said, no more, you’ve gone too far,” Reid said in an exclusive interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. “Rush Limbaugh, each day that goes by, is becoming less credible with the American people.”

Rush Limbaugh offered another half-ish apology to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student he called a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his show last week. She spoke before a congressional hearing in support of health insurance policies covering birth control, which riled up the conservative radio show host.

“We cannot have something like this take place, that’s embarrassing to our country. It’s embarrassing to the Congress to have a woman who had something to say — she was invited to testify and was disinvited by an all-male group of people,” said Reid, a frequent political target of Limbaugh. “You can’t do that to women in America anymore.” [...]

“Women are entitled for contraception, so their contraceptives of their choice. That’s what this was all about,” Reid told O’Donnell. “We should never run into the firestorm that we did, that people calling this fine woman, by all means.”

For the past three weeks, we've been hearing plenty from certain G-O-TEA men about what women are supposed to be doing with their bodies. But now, the women (and Democrats) are fighting back.

“No one had any clue that Sen. Blunt would be offering this amendment or that any of this debate would be unfolding,” Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) (pictured above) told TPM Friday. Baldwin is one of a group of women senators and challengers set to barnstorm several western states this week to raise money and awareness for Democrats.

There are more women running for Senate this year than there were in 1992 — the so-called “Year of the Woman” — Baldwin noted, and she suggested that will put Democrats in a good position this fall.

“You can hazard your own guess: Is it a coincidence?” Baldwin said of the number of women running. “Maybe it’s not a coincidence that there are a lot of women running and we feel as though there are so many economic issues that impact women that are being fought right now.”

The western tour had been planned for weeks before Blunt’s amendment and Limbaugh’s attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke overtook the national debate. The group is ready to take advantage of the fortuitous timing.

“I would certainly say that, for example, when you have a panel on women’s health that’s all men called to testify, it does show that a lot of the folks in charge today are out of touch and just don’t get it,” Baldwin said. “I think we’ll probably draw some attention to that.”

Of course, one of the women that the DSCC is highlighting happens to be none other than Nevada's own Shelley Berkley. Now that Dean Heller is on record opposing women's access to contraception, Berkley is reminding us of what he just voted for.

So what did he vote for? Simply put, Dean Heller voted to allow employers to deny insurance coverage of any kind of preventive health care due to "moral objections". And of course, the one type of preventive health care getting the most attention here has been contraception. Contraception is not just important preventive health care for women, but it's also beneficial to our economy. Yet for some reason, we don't often hear that from the likes of Dean Heller. Nope, it seems like we've just been hearing plenty of lies and misperceptions.

Even some Republican women seem to be backing away from Rush Limbaugh and the Blunt Amendment. It just goes to show how extreme the G-O-TEA has gone in its embrace of Rush Limbaugh and the "CUL'CHUR WARZZZ!!!" against America's women.

It's starting to look like the women are not going to take it any more.

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