Thursday, October 25, 2012

Condi Rice: "War on women" attack is worse than hyperbole

While noting that she disagrees with the Romney-Ryan ticket on some issues, Condoleezza Rice tells Fox News that Democratic rhetoric about a "war on women" is beyond the pale.

"I'm quite comfortable that those who talk about a 'war on women' are not just engaging in hyperbole, it's far worse than that. It's condemning people who are reasonable and who are going to take into account the views of those who don't agree."

A few things on this:

a. Accusing Republicans of waging a "war on women" is as divisive, inflammatory, and offensive a charge as you can make.

Imagine, for a second, if the Romney campaign accused Obama of waging a "war on whites" and talked about policies that they claimed damaged whites. There would be no Romney campaign anymore.

And yet, day after day, stories are spun as though Republicans have to answer for their alleged "war on women"; not Democrats for their charge. Shouldn't the burden of explanation be on the side making the charge?

b. Many on the left claims that men can't really have an opinion on reproductive rights. Well, unless you're Obama or are pro-choice.

The idea that a man can't weigh in on reproductive rights is sexist -- plain and simple.

What if a guy said that women weren't allowed to have an opinion or talk intelligibly on professional football because no woman has ever played in the NFL? They'd be thrown out of the discussion and banned from office pools in perpetuity.

Of course, abortion is a much more serious issue, but the concept is the same -- the idea that you can't speak on something unless you're directly affected by it.

c. Here's what's offensive -- the idea that women at the top of the Democratic party think they can define women's issues for all women or speak for all women.

According to Gallup, 46% of women call themselves "pro-life", while 44% call themselves "pro-choice." That means women are split down the middle on the question.

And even if you don't believe the poll and think pro-life women are in the minority, whatever happened to defending the rights and voice of the minority?

Which -- in this case -- would be women with pro-life views.

The Democratic party has a long and very proud tradition of standing up for the voices of those who feel voiceless. What about pro-life women? Don't their voices count for something?

d. Obama claims you don't want "a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women's healthcare." So does that mean Obama shouldn't have a say, either?

This entire controversy and the pervasive idea that only those with one particular viewpoint on abortion can have one came in an Abby Huntsman tweet yesterday.

Attention GOP male candidates, 9.7 million more women voted than men in 2008. Let's get w/ the program and not mention abortion...ever.

That tweet, once again, assumes -- with all the nuance of daytime drama -- that all female voters are pro-choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. And male candidates can't mention abortion? What if they have passionate views on it? What about her dad, who's pro-life? Don't politicians have obligations to stand up for what they believe in?

Here's Condi last night.