The etch a sketch is rolling now. And the GOP is now being forced to follow their titular head as it were, Mitt Romney So now today the Senate Republicans chose not to stand in the way of renewing the Violence Against Women Act.
It had originally barely gotten through committee and passed on a purely partisan basis, 10-8. Today however it passed easily, 68-31. To be sure, all the neigh votes were Republican males-all 5 Republican women voted for it.
Look, let's be honest here: you and I both know that in their heart of hearts-ok, the GOP barely have hearts but still-they support not the Violence Against Women Act, but-violence against women. I mean there have been enough violence against women in Virginia GOP Governor Bob McDonalds' vaginal probes, and Scott Walker abolishing the laws for equal pay for women.
But they are getting killed with the gender gap. That was just a terrible choice in retrospect to go after Obama's healthcare bill because of religious organizations being required to provide birth control. They thought they could spin it as "religious liberty" being undermined. It didn't work. To the contrary, it blew up in their face. That was really the time when the whole Republican War Against Women theme got off the ground.
So now Romney and the rest of the GOP are backpedaling furiously while trying to pretend this is not what they're doing. Of course if they go too far in being Centrist the Tea Party will get after them.