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February 3, 2010

GENDER GAP.... One of the more persistent trends in recent elections is the gender gap -- more women have been voting Democratic than men.

To help address this, Republican National Committee co-chair Jan Larimer is committed to recruiting more women candidates to run under the party's banner. It seems, however, that Larimer is running into a little trouble.

"Women sometimes need a little more handholding, or they need their friends to help them make a decision. And by our going in and talking to them and recruiting and educating and training them to either get involved in a campaign or become a candidate, we're giving them the tools so that they can do that on their own," Larimer added [emphasis added].

On a related note, right-wing radio host and Republican powerhouse Rush Limbaugh told Fox News this morning, "I'm a huge supporter of women.... I don't know where all this got started. I love the women's movement -- especially when walking behind it."

I don't imagine that gender gap is going away anytime soon.

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If the Dems can't be smart, at least we can count on their opponents to be stupid.

Posted by: tWB on February 3, 2010 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK

Lush Rimbaugh, the gift that keeps giving.

Posted by: IntelVet on February 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM | PERMALINK

I love the women's movement -- especially when walking behind it."

Something no woman would say about him;>

Posted by: martin on February 3, 2010 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

No, no, Rush made a JOKE! He didn't mean to offend anyone! If you're offended by his little witticism, that's your problem...

Posted by: artsmith on February 3, 2010 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

And this illustrates why Republicans have trouble with women.

"Women sometimes need a little more handholding, or they need their friends to help them make a decision...."

If it is a woman it is handholding and for men it is advice? I am 41 I ask for advice, occasionally, but never hand-fucking-holding. Please.

WTF???????????????????????????????

(the general advice that when one is in a whole to stop digging applies)

Posted by: ET on February 3, 2010 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

Don't worry, there are plenty of stupid white "christian" women that will vote for your party Rush. ..Those whose "christian" husbands are fucking everybody else on the block in diapers, they are shoe-ins for voting Republican and continuing teh stupid for generations to come!

Posted by: Trollopoly on February 3, 2010 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

If the Dems can't be smart, at least we can count on their opponents to be stupid.

Independent tests have shown that Americans prefer stupid.

Posted by: qwerty on February 3, 2010 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

" ...I love the women's movement -- especially when walking behind it."

It's not just sexist, it's dated sexist. It's like a Henny Youngman joke.

Posted by: Steve M. on February 3, 2010 at 10:28 AM | PERMALINK

If I was giving honest advice to the GOP, I would tell them to back off on the asshole factor. Republicans seem to relish pissing off anyone they don't identify with (Rush's joke is a perfect illustration of this).

I know this would be a tough challenge. Bitter victim-hood is deeply ingrained in the GOP psyche and they inevitably view their own attacks on others as just retaliations for prior wrongs suffered by the GOP tribe.

But being an asshole definitely doesn't appeal as much to women (At least at the ballot box. We can discuss their perverse attraction to "bad boy" types later.)

Posted by: square1 on February 3, 2010 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

Thing is, Larimer's not really wrong -- research has found that women candidates win as often as men do, when they run. The sticking point is getting them to run in the first place.

Posted by: Chris G. on February 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

What the first poster said. I ain't going to improve on that.

Posted by: abc on February 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

Women who discover Rush walking behind them invariably take out their pepper spray and keep it handy. In concealed-carry states, they take out even more.

Posted by: shortstop on February 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

Well in my experience of women, Larimer is right in that they look to friends for help making decisions as opposed to validation. But that's not usually the kind of woman who runs for political office.

Posted by: MNPundit on February 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

Rush should know. He's nothing more than a movement himself. A big steamy pile of movement.

Posted by: doubtful on February 3, 2010 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

How can we feel they sincerely support women candidates when they selected SP for the second highest office in the land? What women in America can take these guys seriously? They thought SP was a "hottie" and in their minds that's the only quality a woman candidate requires. Oh, and Rush is a big fat misogynistic racist pig...ugh!

Posted by: maggie on February 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

Limbaugh's ego is truly something to behold. He does creep very well.


Posted by: Silver Owl on February 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

Now, now; you can't blame Rush for the things he sometimes says. He's so hopped up on drugs all the time that he's not really in his right mind.

Posted by: Mark on February 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

This is why they love Sarah Palin. During the 2008 campaign,a male co-worker answered my question of why do so many men support her, with a reply; 'they all want to sleep with her.' The GOP really treat women like shit. AND the women in the GOP allow it.

Posted by: Sharon on February 3, 2010 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

"Republicans seem to relish pissing off anyone they don't identify with"

Ah, yes, and the very comments *here*, say what of Democrats/liberals?

Posted by: cas127 on February 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sure Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina just love to hear this kind of talk coming from the national party.

If the debate gets any dumber, I'm going to need a lobotomy to keep up.

Posted by: bcinaz on February 3, 2010 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

@cas127

"Ah, yes, and the very comments *here*, say what of Democrats/liberals?"

When you find Democrats or liberals making these types of statements about women or any other class of persons, let me know. We may piss on republicans, but it's because of what they say or do. These statements concern a particular class of people and betray their ignorance or malice.

When republicans stop making these types of statements, we'll stop pissing on them.

Posted by: bdop4 on February 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

Limbaugh first used that line about 15 years ago, just to note.

Posted by: LT on February 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

Wow. I think the first time I heard that joke was on CPO Sharkey.

Posted by: Mary Contrary on February 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

One of the more persistent trends in recent elections is the gender gap -- more women have been voting Democratic than men. -- Steve Benen

There has also been at least one study according to which fathers of daughters are also more inclined to vote Democratic than Republican. Not surprising, since women are likely to get a better deal under the Dem government than under the Repub one. Repubs are more likely to give women short shrift and keep them in one short shift (the better to watch your behind, m'dear). So, if you love your daughter, you steer clear of the Repubs :)

Posted by: exlibra on February 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

If democrats continue to sell out women for political expedience(i.e. the Stupak coathanger amendment) they may find themselves losing that demographic. I doubt that women will flock to the GOP but I can see them staying home in large numbers if they decide that the dems merely give lip service to women's rights.

Posted by: htown dem on February 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

So Rush Limbaugh is an ass man. Seems apropos somehow, don't it?

Posted by: jvwalt on February 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM | PERMALINK

I am amazed that Rush had the presence of mind (so to speak) to say "women", when he really meant "12-year-old (Dominican) boys".

Posted by: SFAW on February 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

So Rush Limbaugh is an ass man

Fixed that for you.

Posted by: g on February 3, 2010 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

Whoops, no strikethrough here.

How about So Rush Limbaugh is an ass, man

Does that work?

Posted by: g on February 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

Rush "loves the women's movement" so much that he refers to its leaders as "feminazis," thereby conflating a movement determined to secure basic rights for half of humanity with one whose goal was to slaughter millions of innocents.

Scumbag.

Posted by: Lisa on February 3, 2010 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

"Women who discover Rush walking behind them invariably take out their pepper spray and keep it handy."

Unless you're a 12-year-old Dominican girl, you probably don't have anything to worry about, so save your pepper spray.

Posted by: David Eoll on February 3, 2010 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

"In concealed-carry states, they take out even more."
Posted by: shortstop on February 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Sadly, so does Rush.
Although if he's without his Vitamin V, I doubt you could use the term "weapon."

Posted by: smartalek on February 3, 2010 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

according to the latest numbers at kos, there is now a 26 point gender gap in obama's approval ratings...considering the gap in last year's election was about 6 points, that is truly astonishing

Posted by: dj spellchecka on February 3, 2010 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

> or they need their friends to help them make a decision.

OMG, they actually look beyond the end of their peni... nose before making very important decisions? They consult with other people and get other views?

Man, don't want people like that holding office in a representative democracy, that's for sure.

Posted by: doesn't matter on February 3, 2010 at 8:44 PM | PERMALINK

No, no, Rush made a JOKE! He didn't mean to offend anyone! If you're offended by his little witticism, that's your problem...
Posted by: artsmith

Ok, he made a lousy joke but I'm guessing he thought it was clever.

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