Honestly, this story is so mind-numbingly moronic that I don't even want to write it up. Alas, it's the meme du jour, so write it up I shall. "Silly season" doesn't seem to adequately capture the profound stupidity of this "controversy:"
The 2012 buzzword of the day is "caterpillar." As in RNC Chairman Reince Priebus's comment that his party isn't waging a "war on women" — as Democrats claim — any more than it's waging a war on caterpillars. "If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars, and mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we have problems with caterpillars," Priebus said on Bloomberg TV. The Democratic message machine has been in high gear on this one, piling on with statement after statement, accusing Priebus of being dismissive of women's issues.
Behold, the humorless, reactionary, witless Left (round-up via Politico):
EMILY's List: Just when you think it couldn’t get any more insulting, Republicans outdo themselves. I can’t even believe I have to explain that comparing women to bugs is offensive, but since Republicans seem to need that, here goes. Women are not sluts. Or caterpillars. Our concerns are not fictional and your attempts to restrict our rights are not fantasy. We are your mothers, wives, sisters, friends and well over one half of the voting population. And we will be heard this November when we replace these unbearably out of touch Republicans with Democratic women who actually believe that we’re people.
The Obama Campaign: Reince Priebus’ comparison of Republican attempts to limit women’s access to mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, and contraception to a ‘war on caterpillars’ shows how little regard leading Republicans, including Mitt Romney, have for women’s health. We already know that Mitt Romney would ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood and supports the Blunt Amendment, which would give any employer the ability to deny their employees coverage for health care services like contraception because of their own personal beliefs. Does he stand with Reince Priebus—the leader of the Republican Party—when he compares the debate over vital health care services to a war on insects?
The DNC: While it’s no secret that Republicans on the campaign trail and in Congress have been advocating for and implementing policies that would take women backward, to have the head of the GOP say these attacks on women are as fictional as a ‘war on caterpillars’ is callous and dismissive of what matters to women and completely out of touch. Chairman Priebus and the Republican Party know they have a serious problem on their hands: Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are seeing a serious deficit among women voters, who are simply fed up with Romney and the other Republican candidates advocating for policies that would hurt women and take us backward instead of focusing on jobs and restoring economic security for the middle class.
Feel the fury, America! The hysterical Left is trying to spin Reince Priebus' quip about Democrats' manufactured "war on women" tale -- a narrative that relies on flat-out lies and shoddy news coverage for sustenance -- into an outrageously outrageous scandal. This is beyond dumb. What's even more pitiful is how the similarities between the DNC and Obama camp's respective statements suggest they actually strategized and coordinated over this. That they've resorted to laughable faux anger to promulgate a carefully-constructed myth speaks volumes about liberals' hair-trigger paranoia heading into the general election cycle. They probably know deep down that Americans stand with Republicans on religious freedom and the birth control mandate, which must really burn after all the trouble they've gone through. They've milked the "war on women" udder dry, and they're still unable to maintain much traction on it. Tough break. Parting thought: Where were the gales of opprobrium and gnashing of teeth when Priebus' Democratic counterpart accused Republicans of "literally" aiming to drag America back to the era of Jim Crow, and slanderously suggested that conservative rhetoric triggered the Tucson massacre?
A White House spokesman said Thursday that President Barack Obama believes women should be admitted as members to the all-male Augusta National, home of the Masters golf tournament. White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Obama's "personal opinion is that women should be admitted" to the golf club. Carney said it was "up to the club to decide" but Obama told him he personally thinks women should be welcome. "We're kind of long past the time when women should be excluded from anything," Carney said.
I, for one, am glad they're continuing to "focus like a laser" on jobs. For what it's worth, Mitt Romney expressed the same sentiment when reporters asked him about this terribly urgent issue. But does Romney support allowing caterpillars into Augusta?!? Seven more months of this, guys. Fun fact: Obama-appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor belonged to a gender-exclusive private club. Also: Who cares?
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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