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.