When President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Republicans gave not just one but THREE rebuttals. The official speech was by GOP Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state. Tea party favorites Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky also gave their own respective rebuttals.
Could the GOP have picked a better speaker than Rodgers? Yes. But Rodgers wasn't picked for her rhetorical flourish. She is a woman, and the GOP fears the DNC's War on Women strategy that resulted in the president's re-election. If she's the best the GOP has to put forth the vision, the party had best start looking.
Meanwhile, former governor Mike Huckabee, a potential presidential candidate for 2016, decided to take the War on Women strategy head on--leading to the exact kind of spectacle the DNC wants to elicit. There's something about Huckabee talking so openly about women's libidos that's--well, just plain creepy.
The president's approval numbers are down to 40% not because of political strategy, but because of the issues our nation faces. If conservatives want to stop the leftward shift of this country, it's the issues they need to be talking about.
Just like the proverbial question--"do I look fat in this dress"--is a no win for men, the War on Women strategy is best countered by women. Left, right or center, pretty much any women could have told the governor that talking about uncontrollable female libidos is a really dumb political move.
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