John Kasich at Romney Event: Our Wives Aren't Here Because "They're at Home Doing the Laundry," "Taking Care of the Kids"

Ohio Governor John Kasich has long been known to be a giant flaming misogynist, but that doesn't make it any less depressing that he said at a Romney campaign event that his and the other speaker's wives couldn't be there because "they're at home doing the laundry” and “taking care of the kids."

Seriously, what year is this?

The blog Plunderbund has a nice little round-up of some of Kasich's greatest hits:

Last year Kasich defended his very low number of female cabinet appointments by talking about his family life, claiming he makes all the big decisions in his family and his “wife makes all the minor decisions”.

We later revealed that Kasich pays his male staffers 56% more than his female staffers and, more recently,  only one of the nine members appointed by Kasich to the board of JobsOhio—the private corporation responsible for awarding incentives to Ohio businesses—is a women.

In his latest remarks, Kasich noted that "It's not easy being a spouse of an elected official." That is undoubtedly true! But maybe it's partly because sometimes their husbands say dumb shit like this (video below):

"[Our wives are] at home doing the laundry, and doing so many things, while we're up here on the stage getting a little bit of applause, right? They don't often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and have to be at home taking care of the kids, and where's the politician? Out on the road."

For the millionth time: I WONDER WHY Republicans are having such trouble attracting female voters this election season! Could it be because they reduce their wives' certainly numerous accomplishments to childcare and household chores? (Which is difficult and legitimate work, indeed, but surely it is not their sole defining characteristic.)

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at September 13, 2012, 9:08am

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