The GOP to Women: We Love You, Really

Michelle Togut

Michelle Togut resides in North Carolina with her husband and pets. She has worked as an adjunct professor of history, contributor and writer, and small-firm attorney, among other things. These days, she's trying to sell real estate. For fun, she reads political blogs of all persuasions, practices yoga, drinks wine, hikes, reads, and volunteers for a local animal rescue.

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  1. Saul DeGraw says:

    No. They really don’t.Report

    • Burt Likko in reply to Saul DeGraw says:

      I showed the picture to my wife and that’s exactly what she said.Report

      • Saul DeGraw in reply to Burt Likko says:

        My other theory is that they know that X percentage of women are going to vote GOP for whatever reason, and Y percentage will not and they have just decided to say fuck it and ignore the Y percentage. Perhaps our political discourse is so poisoned that we have reached the stage where everyone is just trolling the other side.

        Conservatives have proven that “annoy a liberal” is a raison d’etre for them many times. The other interpretation of this photo is that it is massive trolling.Report

      • Saul DeGraw in reply to Burt Likko says:

        The big problem is that the GOP’s death is going to be very slow and like any slow death, there are going to be times that look like rebounds and recovery. 2014 is probably going to be one of those times.Report

      • Jesse Ewiak in reply to Burt Likko says:

        Bingo, @saul-degraw. I’ve said before the smartest thing “reasonable” conservatives can do is sit out 2016, because then Cruz/Paul can lose 39 states and somebody who will sound sane while destroying the welfare state will have a shot in 2020.

        Because if, anybody even quasi-“moderate” wins the nomination in 2016, it’ll be three ‘moderates’ losing elections the GOP “should”ve won” in a row and 2020 will likely lead a curbstomping.Report

      • Saul DeGraw in reply to Burt Likko says:


        I think each party has a lock on X percentage of voters. The GOP’s lock tends to be with more reliable voters especially in mid-term years. The older voters of the GOP can be around for 20-40 more years because it does include a good deal of Generation X and the Boomers. People my age and younger are supposed to swing more left but we are just starting to achieve political office. It will probably be another 10-20 years before we are the dominant electoral bloc.

        There is also a certain percentage of voters that seems to vote based on whether they think things are going well or poorly. If they think things are going well, the vote for the party in power. If not, the opposition.Report

  2. KatherineMW says:

    It’s kind of hilarious how bad they are at this. It’s like watching someone fail at first contact with an alien species, without the danger of intergalactic war.

    Guys – we’re people. It’s really not that complicated.Report

  3. Kazzy says:

    What, no Playgirl?Report

  4. zic says:

    I’m a woman. I don’t read those magazine.

    Now if they’d had a copy of Mother Jones or Business Week or even Interweave Knits I might be able to relate.

    /and I’ll betcha they’re reading the article that gives 11 ways she can thrill her guy or get her own rocks off, explosively; not the article about balancing work and child care.Report

    • Michelle in reply to zic says:

      I don’t usually read those kinds of magazines either. I kind of think that this photo op was meant as a joke, but it’s just not funny.Report

      • zic in reply to Michelle says:

        I can’t help but wonder if, in some ways, it says more about men’s expectation, often adopted by the women around them, of what it means to be womanly; rather like the recent study that showed men actually preferred pics of the same women with less makeup, while women though men preferred them with more.Report

    • Jim Heffman in reply to zic says:

      “I’m a woman. I don’t read those magazine.”

      DAT’S DA JOKEReport

  5. Tod Kelly says:

    This reminds me of the time in 2012, when the GOP Congressman walked up to the two women volunteers who were talking about campaign strategy, and he was caught on tape by a reporter asking if they were talking about shoes.Report

  6. Mike Schilling says:

    It’s like trying to appeal to conservatives by showing people pretending to read Atlas Shrugged, Gone With the Wind, and Guns and Ammo.

    Except that that might work.Report

    • Jim Heffman in reply to Mike Schilling says:


  7. Brandon Berg says:

    Will the Republican Party ever learn that the way to win women voters is to treat them as competent, intelligent human beings?

    If it doesn’t work with male voters, why would it work with women?Report

  8. Michael Cain says:

    Will the Republican Party ever learn that the way to win women voters is to treat them as competent, intelligent human beings?

    Yeah, but they’ll need three more Colorados first. In 2004 the Republicans held the governor’s office, both chambers of the state legislature, both US Senate seats, and 5 of 7 US House seats. Today the Republicans hold 4 of 7 US House seats and none of the others. Certainly one of the large contributing factors in the change has been that the Republicans managed to piss off suburban women. Two of the prominent Republican candidates (Gardner for Senate, Coffman for Representative) have made substantial changes in their position on abortion and will, I believe, be back-pedaling on other prior positions between now and November. There’s already a lot of out-of-state money pouring into some of the races because the national Republicans think they can make gains; I personally think the total net change despite the money will be the loss of Coffman’s House seat, largely because they’re still pissing off suburban women.Report

  9. Jim Heffman says:

    Boy, we sure showed those guys. Next time they’ll think twice before trying to goof around and show that they have a sense of humor! Thank God we came down hard on that shit; if anyone actually laughed at it on its own level, those Old White Guys might think that our disagreements with them were due to honest philosophical differences rather than irreconcilable lizard-brain kulturkampf, and then they’d get all reasonable, and *then* how would we get that lovely delicious uncomplicated guilt-free hate?Report