GOP's Women Problem Isn't Going Away
Dana Milbank: It's because of policies, not dumb moves by likes of Rep. McAllister
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2014 2:05 PM CDT
Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Just Republicans' luck: On Equal Pay Day, they're stuck with headlines about Louisiana congressman Vance McAllister, who fired a low-paid female staffer after surveillance video showed them kissing. "Republicans aren’t responsible for McAllister any more than Democrats are to blame for Anthony Weiner's weirdness," writes Dana Milbank at the Washington Post. But a big problem for the GOP is that incidents like this one give more ammo to Democrats for their "war on women" attacks against the GOP.

A bigger problem for the GOP is that this perception wouldn't linger if the party's actual policies didn't back it up, writes Milbank. Eric Cantor's proposed budget, for example, cuts programs that would hit women disproportionately hard, including food stamps, Pell grants, and Medicaid. McAllister-like incidents are clearly bad. "But the indignities visited on a few women wouldn’t be a problem for Republicans if millions of other women weren’t also threatened with injury—by the clinical language of a budget resolution," writes Milbank. Click for his full column.

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Marenelli
Apr 10, 2014 11:14 AM CDT
“The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” Hank Aaron on today's GOP
Dave0
Apr 10, 2014 9:27 AM CDT
Mo marriage is about as morally bankrupt as you can get. So this little kissy face issue should have been overlooked without the young lady staffer getting fired. Reinstate her job with someone else, and let's move on.
Chris Farley
Apr 10, 2014 6:23 AM CDT
If people are still swayed by "the war on women" then we deserve what we get. It is a democratic republic. Love how Newser and a lot of media refuse to report on where those numbers Obama keeps using come from and How He pays his female staffers less than men. This was fact checked.