Having Trouble Chatting Up the Ladies? The GOP Would Be Glad to Tutor You

John Boehner: Speaker of the House, Wingman of the Year

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers reporters' questions during his weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitors Center

Look, we get it. Talking to women is hard. It’s not like you can talk to them like they’re actual people or something. It’s important to have a strategy when you know you’ll be forced to communicate with womenfolk. Luckily, House Republicans seem to understand that.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has been meeting with incumbents’ top aides to tutor them on what to say (and what not to say) should they encounter ladies on the campaign trail, Politico reports. A GOP staffer said there have already been “multiple sessions” centered on how to communicate with female opponents, and even John Boehner’s top aides have coordinated discussions on how to talk to female constituents.

In the 2014 election cycle, at least 10 races will pit Republican male incumbents against Democratic women. Basically, the GOP is probably looking to avoid another Todd Akin-level controversy (remember last year’s “legitimate rape” fiasco?) so they’re being proactive by telling candidates in advance not to, you know, say offensive and misguided things about women.

Most importantly, this means Boehner is becoming an expert on how to chat up the ladies. So if you’re looking for a politically savvy, very tan wingman, you know who to call.

3 comments
littlelassie
littlelassie

Sensitive? Like, they've just hurt our delicate feelings and we're suffering from a silly bout of female hysteria...seriously? That patronizing and condescending attitude is the problem. How about stop marginalizing, minimalizing, demonizing, denigrating, dismissing and legislating more than half the population and actually recognize that women are equal and powerful members of the voting public. A representative democracy is supposed to reflect the populace. Women are not some alien homogenous special-interest group to be pandered to, we make up the majority of your constituents. A woman issue is a voting problem. Despite the GOP/TP perception that women are "lesser Americans", our votes count just the same.

roknsteve
roknsteve

So the republicans are going to talk down to women as usual.