Idiot Alert: RNC Chair Reince Priebus Says War on Women Is as Made Up as a "War on Caterpillars"

Republican National Convention Chairman Reince Priebus has made a remark that makes me really question whether the GOP knows why it is losing favor with women voters. Via Bloomberg, which will air the Priebus interview on Bloomberg TV this weekend:

“If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing this weekend. “It’s a fiction.”

Comparing women to caterpillars -- that is... a strategy for dealing with a well-documented women voter problem:

“The jury of women across America have ruled that the Republicans have been unbelievably extreme and out of touch and hyper-focused on cultural issues,” [DNC Chair Debbie] Wasserman Schultz said on “Political Capital.” That’s reflected in polling showing President Barack Obama beating former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney or other Republican presidential contenders by 18 points, she said. That gender gap showed up in a survey of swing states published April 2 by USA Today/Gallup.

For his part, Priebus says his party will focus on the economy, bringing its message "to women and everyone in this country."

Yes, I'm sure that argument will fly. Who needs autonomy over their healthcare decisions when they could have a GOP primer on the economy instead, amirght ladies?

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at April 5, 2012, 6:31am

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