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Yesterday the Senate reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. The vote was 68-31 with 15 Republicans voting along with all the Democrats. Of course, all bets will be off in the GOP controlled House where the bill will be taken up after next week.
Both the L.A. Times and the NY Times accounts of the Senate vote explain how the 15 Republican senators who voted for the reauthorization is evidence that conservatives have taken the Democratic accusations of their party waging a war on women, to heart.
Not sure about that.
Someone please tell me right off the bat.....how is it that 31...thirty one....GOP senators voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act? Much is being made by Village newspapers over the 15 GOP senators who voted in favor of the reauthorization....and that's all well and good.....but why did 31 vote against the bill?
Do you think that Republican senators talked amongst themselves before the vote, determining which senators would and would not be vulnerable this November if they voted along with Democrats in what clearly would be an act of compromising with the enemy party? And if so, why would GOP elected officials who voted to assist abused and battered women be electorally vulnerable...in the first place....if conservatives/Republicans are NOT waging a war on women?
All 5 female GOP senators voted to reauthorize, plus 10 male GOP senators.....including Rob Portman of Ohio and Scott Brown of Massachusetts. But what about the 31 male GOP senators who voted against reauthorization? Why would those 31 GOP senators vote against a bill which assists women who find themselves in terrible domestic abuse situations?
Maybe they were representing these two groups....
The Concerned Women for America and Independent Women’s Forum had said the law had devolved into a “slush fund” for feminist causes that harms men unfairly and encourages the dissolution of marriages.
Notice how all funding during a Democratic administration is always a "slush fund?" Odd.
So, perhaps Republican senators who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act actually are representing conservative groups who proudly wage war against....well....women. How could anyone who cared about women's concerns be against a program meant to assist courts and law enforcement in cases of battered and abused women? And notice....it's the "Concerned Women for America".....and they are concerned about treating men "unfairly."
Also worthy of note is the fact that when the VAWA was in Senate committee.....not one Republican committee member voted to send the bill to the Senate floor. Not one.
Perhaps the Village media, perennial admirers of "just right" Goldilocks Third Way centrism, felt a tingle down their legs when 15 GOP senators acted all, you know, bipartisan. However, following the GOP's ugly singling out of women for bashing purposes in the contraception discussion....singling out women for humiliation and degradation in the numerous "state authorized sono-wand rape" bills......and singling out women in almost 100 state laws in 2011, limiting and frustrating their legal access to abortion services.....could it be that GOP senators simply wanted to stop all the accusations that their political party was waging a war on women?
Could it be that Republicans saw the latest national polling of women....saw that Obama had a 13% lead among women.....and decided they needed some shelter from the upcoming female-vote storm? Could that have been it?
Now, post Senate vote, Republicans can spout off that they have proven that they are not waging war against women....because look, 15 of our senators voted to help women. What about the 31 Republican senators who voted against the reauthorization? Were they, by voting no, confirming that.....yes, the majority of Republicans, in this case 2/3rds of the GOP senators, ARE waging a war upon women? If not, why did they vote no?
And if those 31 GOP senators voted no because of constituencies who despise female autonomy, contraception and abortion.....and are more concerned about any "unfairness" to males found in bills meant to protect women.......isn't that evidence that conservatives/Republicans are, indeed, waging a war on women?