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Excerpt: "The notion that Romney will somehow be more 'moderate' on women's issues than his opponents or party is not credible. ... On policy, Romney and Santorum are on exactly the same page. ... To believe that Romney will somehow depart from his party's misogyny in the White House, you have to believe that everything he has said about these issues during the primary campaign is a lie."

Republican presidential candidates former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (photo: Joshua Lott/Reuters)
Republican presidential candidates former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (photo: Joshua Lott/Reuters)

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+19 # kelly 2012-03-26 10:03
This should be no surprise to anyone remembering his failure to address Limbaugh's comments after the Fluke incident. At least the other candidates had more than a one sentence reply. And then we find out that Bain Cap. owns Clear Channel, the group that broadcasts Rush. Romney can't lose. He'll probably lay money against himself on the election, just in case he loses, so he can still make money on the election.
+19 # LeeBlack 2012-03-26 10:03
Hypocrisy again. While bemoaning the poor status of women in Afghanistan the Republicans want to return the American women to the 'keep them barefoot and pregnant' stage in order to remain the undisputed head of the house and House and Senate.
+11 # myungbluth 2012-03-26 10:14
"you have to believe that everything he has said about these issues during the primary campaign is a lie." Well, isn't it? When has he ever been accused of telling the truth?
+15 # reiverpacific 2012-03-26 10:19
Evil says as evil does.
-I mean, R. & S. are just different names on the same face of a medievalist mentality; Mormon vs. Evangelical Protestantism -so what's the discussion about.
Interesting footnote; just read on the BBC that Park Romney, Mitt-in-mouth's cousin, turned completely against the Mormon church after being a high priest, declaring it a "fraud" and a "cult".
+2 # kelly 2012-03-26 12:02
Thanks for the link!
+2 # dick 2012-03-26 10:35
Paradoxically, Romney's lack of credibility has become an asset. Right wingers will believe, now that he's their Obama Blaster, that Willard doesn't really mean it when he panders to the gender equality notions of the Liberal Media. "He's gotta say that stuff." Mainstream GOPers & some independents will believe in reverse,"He's gotta give the moronic BASE some red meat. We need their votes, but he's really just like us." Frank Rich, whom I admire, needs to acknowledge Santorum's popularity with female voters, who often buoy him above Mitt.
I don't think the "independent" center will agree that slick, smooth, innocuous Romney is a leader in a WAR on all Women. Dem critique may have to be recast: The War on Women's Equality? Women's Freedoms? Women's Rights?
+13 # bugbuster 2012-03-26 10:56
So now it's not just a woman's right to choose. Now contraception-- including condoms, we must presume--will be illegal too.

They can't have it both ways. It's not enough to say that life begins at conception. It begins at ejaculation. The federal government is going to have to monitor that too. There will have to be minders in every bedroom, whether occupied by one person or two or more.
+8 # cordleycoit 2012-03-26 11:20
Getting to read this entailed great difficulty.Rich does a good job illustrating the history of fear and loathing of women in and by the Republican Party and the sometimes sheep like behaviors of Republican women. One does not see stand up and fight for your rights of our grandmothers in the Republican circles. No we get to see submission and acceptance of a secondary role. It's like watching the Pope in action.
+9 # tomo 2012-03-26 12:19
One reason so much of our discourse on sex is muddled is that we consider it a breach of politeness to talk about religion when we talk about politics. Yet it's all of a piece. One can't subtract religion from the founding politics of New England. And one can't subtract the fear of sex from the Puritanism that--more than any other religion--did the founding. Puritanism meant, to be sure, purifying Anglicanism from the last remnants of "papistry and Rome." But it's not incidental that this included a rejection of the Catholic aesthetic--an aesthetic that had come to include at the Renaissance a fairly explicit endorsement of eroticism as having a place in human affairs.

Puritanism was a matter of patriarchal dominance, fear of damnation by an altogether Alpha-Male god, obsession with a sense of divine mission, entitlement to kill Indians whenever they seemed an impediment to the mission, and a deeply ambivalent attitude toward nature and its preciousness and its beauty--a nature of which WOMAN (with her beauty and her "otherness") was clearly a part. ALL MUST BE TAMED!

As for American Catholicism: it has long since repented the Renaissance and become a branch of American Puritanism.
It has the same deep fear of sex--but adds an awkwardness in dealing with it that is specifically Catholic.

If one wonders whether American Puritanism is alive and well, one has only to look to the Republican Party for an answer.
+7 # Regina 2012-03-26 16:42
One problem with religion in current American acknowledgment is the eclipse of a true hero --Roger Williams. The American settlers in the colonies merely established their religious preferences (such as Puritanism), forgetting entirely that they had left Europe because of religious dictates -- they just dictated their own choices in their respective colonies. It was Williams who founded Rhode Island claiming true freedom of religious choice. But who includes him in American History these days? Ask your kids whether they heard of him in the grades? Maybe in H.S.?
+11 # Regina 2012-03-26 12:25
The Good Ole Boys were very generous with their support of equal rights for women back when they felt secure in their presumptions that they'd fall short and rush back for mens' "protection." Now that women have succeeded in voting other women into office, in practicing many professions, and in raising wholesome (and smaller) families at the same time, the egg on the boys' faces is turning rancid and they can't stand it. The wimmin weren't s'posed to succeed, dang it! Turn back the calendar!!! We want our mulligan!!! We gotta do over!!!
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-26 21:33
Guess we are going to have to stop having sex with opposite sex. No more sex, and that means that call girls, prostitutes must not have sex with any GOP. If you have sex with, I hope someone has a camera.

If wives say no, the men will have to go lookin. I hope their bankrolls can afford the cheatin. No more barefoot and pregnant mentalities, common ladies let your fingers do the walking on election day. No more GOP/TP time for one term to be reminded like we have done to Bush Sr, Ridge and many more. No benefits on single term...saving our economy.
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-26 21:29
If they refuse to use it than cut it off or sew it up...let's see how that swings. Is anyone asking these questions...I will be

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