The right wing lately has gotten very offended — VERY offended — when anyone suggests that what they try to do — from fighting against equal pay for women to holding up VAWA to making it harder for women to get contraception — is waging a "war on women".
"We're not waging a war on women," they cry. "How DARE you!"
"My wife likes me," cries Romney, as if that resolves the issue.
Still, it's kind of hard not to think that there's a lot of misogyny just under the surface of most conservatives. Because it bubbles up A LOT.
Jay Townsend, a longtime GOP communications director, posted a Facebook comment, which is still up here (as of the time of posting), is in reply to another commenter named Tom. It's about how to deal with female political opponents:
Lilly Ledbetter, by the way, is the namesake for the law, signed by Obama, that requires women to receive equal pay for equal work. It does impose mandates on the private sector.
But… throwing acid at female democratic Senators?
Townsend is not some careless rookie; he's a long-time Republican communications aide. On his bio page, he boasts of having "worked in more than 300 different campaigns in more than 25 different states" over the last three decades.
To be sure, if Townsend wants to make an argument about pay inequities and lawmakers' offices, he's certainly encouraged to do so. But I'd love to know what made him think it was a good idea to publish a thought about hurling acid at women senators he disagrees with.
Indeed, as Annie-Rose Strasser explained, "Acid throwing is not a joke. It is a serious and horrific form of gender-based violence. Seventy two percent of the time, victims of acid throwing are women. In fact, an attack occurred in Pakistan just four days ago– two women and one two year-old child were injured."
Yeah, no war on women. Move along. Nothing to see here.