By Michael J.W. Stickings
Actually, it's a party controlled and dominated by crazy white guys, to take nothing away from the craziness of the non-whites and/or non-guys, and it's not just on reproductive rights, which was the specific issue Todd was initially referencing, but on pretty much everything. But credit him at least for going there:
On MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown," host Chuck Todd asked Reince Priebus,
chairman of the Republican National Committee, on Thursday about report
commissioned by two conservative groups that found that the Republican
party is still lagging behind the Democratic party with women voters.
And climate change and fiscal policy and foreign policy and labor issues and health care and...
According to the report, obtained by Politico
on Wednesday, women said the GOP was "stuck in the past" and
"intolerant." The poll found that 49 percent of women view the
Republican party unfavorably and 39 percent view the Democratic party
When asked why the party is doing worse with female voters than in
2010, Priebus argued that the GOP can close this 10-point gap by ramping
up outreach and focusing on the economy.
"You know, I'm not sure," Priebus responded. "But I think the point
of that poll wasn't reported by Politico. The point was if you looked at
it, women were rejecting the Democratic party by 40 percent; they were
rejecting the Republican party by 50 percent. I don't think either party
can do a victory lap here."
He continued to say that Republicans just need to "fight" for the
votes by countering Democratic attacks and pushing conservative economic
Todd pressed him on this.
"But the problem you seem to have is when it comes to women voters,
do the -- do the arguments about contraception end up blind -- basically
putting the party on mute with those same women voters who may like
your economic proposals but say, you know what, there's just too many
crazy white guys who have crazy theories about my reproductive system?"
Todd asked, adding that Republicans have the same issue with Latino
voters and immigration issues.
Labels: Chuck Todd, polls, Reince Priebus, reproductive rights, Republican Party, women's issues