Posted by: Tony Carson | 1 November, 2009

Female Republican — an Oxymoron?

Is there a place for women in the Republican party?

The spokesMEN for the party these days are all white wackos with the occasional beautiful blond bobbing her colteresque head.

But ALL Republicans can’t be Beckian or Rovian or O’Reillian or Seanian, there must be some moderate Republican politicians out there, like a Senator Snowe … before she refused the Public Option. Right?

There was one. Her name is Dede Scozzafava. She was running for the Republicans in the bi-election in upstate New York to replace a Republican Congressman who joined the Administration.

Scozzafava initially had the backing of the Republican National Committee until … wait for it, she gave her support to gay rights and abortion rights and was found to be too liberal on various fiscal issues.

The result?

“Effective immediately, the R.N.C. will endorse and support the Conservative candidate in the race, Doug Hoffman,” the party’s national chairman, Michael Steele, said. “Doug’s campaign will receive the financial backing of the R.N.C. and get-out-the-vote efforts to defeat Bill Owens on Tuesday.”

OK, so who cares about that one race compared to the greater issue: is there a place for thoughtful compassionate, caring women — really, the default of the gender before they become prosecuting attorneys, in today’s Republican Party?

Apparently, yes, but the numbers are shrinking quickly:

In 2004, 39% of suburban women were self-identified as Republicans and 44% as Democrats. In 2009, only 37% of suburban women were self-identified as GOP’ers while 48% were Democrats. The gap has grown from -5% to -11% in only five short years.

But if women really are thoughtful, compassionate and caring — really, the definition of a mother, why in hell would 37% of them vote for a party that represents the very antithesis of their values? I mean, how many prosecuting attorneys are there in the States?

Sorry, but I don’t get it. The more the Becks, the Roves and the Limbaughs are allowed to amplify, when not actually creating the Republican message, the more that message should become incomprehensible to thoughtful, compassion and caring women.

On the face of it, there is no place for women in the Republican tents, and increasingly, they are figuring that out.



  1. Forget GOP v. Dem. Look at the numbers who identify as Conservative v. those that identify as Liberal or Moderate.

    The GOP has become more liberal in many ways over the last 5 years or so, especially in the fiscal and government size / role arenas. The drop in suburban women – and people in general – may be a shift to the right, not the left.

    Scozzafava’s lousy showing in the polls v. both the Conservative and the Dem candidate indicate that this is a strong possibility.

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