Does the GOP Alienate Women Voters?

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A voter arrives at a polling station on primary day in Tampa, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty)
In recent weeks, the Republican party has had a difficult time charming a key slice of its political base: women.
For his part … Rick Santorum has been advocating against women’s access to contraception.  And even more recently… conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is facing heat for the inflammatory and misogynistic comments made on his show.  
It should be noted that both Romney and Santorum have distanced themselves from Limbaugh’s comments. 
My next guest says that these isolated incidents speak to a bigger problem among the Republican party as a whole; specifically, that the grand old party has been ignoring, marginalizing or just offending women for years.  And that polls show this is going to hurt the party in the short term and the long. 
We’re joined now by Jennifer DeJournett [deh-JOOR-nett], president and co-founder of VOICES of Conservative Women, a non-profit that works to get women engaged in the political process.
In recent weeks, the Republican party has had a difficult time charming a key slice of its political base: women. Rick Santorum has been advocating against women’s access to contraception. Although both Romney and Santorum have distanced themselves from Rush Limbaugh's comments, the conservative radio host is facing heat for the inflammatory and misogynistic comments made on his show.

Jennifer DeJournett, president and co-founder of VOICES of Conservative Women, believes that these isolated incidents speak to a bigger problem among the Republican party as a whole; specifically, that the grand old party has been ignoring, marginalizing or just offending women for years. DeJournett argues that polls show this is going to hurt the party in the short term and the long. 

 

 

Guests:

Jennifer DeJournett

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [5]

We_Hold_These_Truths

Republican's do alienate women, they also alienate men; so by the way do Democrats. There is statistical evidence of this. Look at the approval ratings of Congress and while not everyone there is a Republican or Democrat, it is essentially nothing but them. If either didn't alienate women, or men, or both then their rating would not be where it is.

Mar. 08 2012 06:24 PM

It's hilarious when a story about the GOP alienating female voters and the only folks commenting are all males.

Mar. 08 2012 09:27 AM
Charles

The Rush Limbaugh-Sandra Flake story is really all about the national media.

How Ed Schultz's use of the term "slut" became a non-story, and how Rush Limbaugh's use of the term "slut" became the subject of a phone call from the President of the United States. As if Sandra Fluke had just won the MVP award in the NBA Finals.

It is a story of how a search of the NPR.org website using the terms "Rush Limbaugh" and "slut" turns up 20 or 30 hits, and how "Ed Schultz" and "slut" turned up 1 or 2 just a week ago.

The big story is how we have gone from a worthy discussion of religious freedom, to a discussion of an imaginary 'war against women.'

And a really interesting story is how Joe the Plumber became the subject of a national media investigation (His real name is Samuel! He's not licensed (he didn't need to be)! He's had financial problems!) but Sandra Fluke became Joan of Arc with a Contracts casebook.

Those are some really interesting stories. Naturally, The Takeaway chose the one, and ONLY the one, that paints Republicans into a corner.

Mar. 07 2012 10:56 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Rush Limbaugh's comments were indeed too much, but when a woman says that she is paid for sex, is it inaccurate to call her a prostitute?

Mar. 07 2012 08:20 AM
listener

Here's a better question.
Is the media working with the Obama administration to distract the voters they hope to pander to with a manufactured gender issued that is really about maintaining the religious protection clause in the First Amendment that this administration wants to ignore by fiat and just their latest violation of the US Constitution?

There was no immediate coverage here of this 30 year old law student activist's testimony before Congress because it was so laughably ridiculous however the derisive reaction from conservatives is now the highlighted issue.
Will the President tell caustic Bill Maher to keep his million dollar donation?
Still waiting for reportage about the Occupy disgraces which continue to this day and its connections to the Democratic Party.

Mar. 07 2012 08:05 AM

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