The trouble with the GOP in modern times is that there are limits to how many votes they can get. They have positions that please the evangelicals, the fundamentalists, but what about the fact that more than 50% of the electorate is female?
But since the Southern Strategy begun with Goldwater, this is what they have to do. They take positions like opposing contraception hoping to seduce Catholics who need the Zizekean Other who believes and practice what they themselves don't believe and practice-almost all Catholics use birth control in America.
They don't seem to worry about how much they may lose the female vote whether Catholic or other. Today even many Republican women have been concerned with the stridently women unfriendly policies that the GOP has been showcasing.
Bob McDonnell, Virginia's Governor, has built up one of the most anti-women records in the country. The latest bill from the Virginian legislature that calls for forced transvaginal ultrasounds was something that McDonnell supported vigorously in the past and he had promised to sign this when it reached his desk.
However thanks to the impressive political pressure exerted by fired up women's groups McDonnell has asked for an amended bill that will no longer make the transvaginal ultrasound mandatory. Note to be sure, that "external" ultrasounds will still be-the reason that a transvaginal ultrasound was originally demanded is that in the early stages of pregnancy they can be the most accurate.
The state House GOP relented on this and accepted McDonnell's amendment, however last heard the state Senate is digging in its heels saying "transvaginal ultrasound" or nothing. Good-let's have nothing.