Outreach

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Republicans have apparently found their next strategy for reaching out to women and he’s the star of the reality TV show The Bachelor.

Chris Soules, a scruffy farmer from Arlington, was judging the Iowa Farm Bureau’s cookout contest at the Iowa State Fair when Texas Gov. Rick Perry blazed through on Tuesday. Perry, who was in the midst of a four-day swing to support Iowa Republicans up for election this fall while laying the groundwork for a repeat presidential bid, greeted Soules with a handshake as he toured the contest and the pair chatted briefly out of earshot before posing for a photo. [...]

Earlier this month, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio met the reality television star at the annual party hosted by Iowa GOP bigwig Bruce Rastetter. “Rubio Gains Notice, But ‘Batchelorette‘ Hunk Steals Show,” blared the Des Moines Register in a headline on Sunday. [...]

“Pretty much every female in her twenties is familiar with him,” one Republican operative said. “And probably a bunch in their 30s and 40s who might not admit it so freely. So it wouldn’t hurt a candidate to be seen rubbing elbows with that guy, especially for a party that struggles with a gender gap.”

Of course there are other things the party could try.

They could try supporting universal access to birth control. They could take a pro-choice position and support access to abortion. They could support raising the minimum wage. They could also support universal pre-K and childcare. They could stop talking about rape.

But let’s not get crazy.

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  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    Per usual, GOP is appealing to the lowest common denominator. Quelle surprise!

  • Churchlady320

    Uh huh. The hunk from Iowa will sweep women of all ages into the GOP fold. Yup.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    They could try supporting universal access to birth control. They could take a pro-choice position and support access to abortion. They could support raising the minimum wage. They could also support universal pre-K and childcare. They could stop talking about rape.

    The Party of Personal Responsibility™ is not personally responsible for how it is viewed, regarded or perceived by others. The last thing that occurs to The Party of Personal Responsibility™ in its desire to change those views and perceptions, is to change its own behavior in order to actually demonstrate that those views and perceptions are wrong. No. The reason why people think The Party of Personal Responsibility™ is anti-woman is because people outside The Party of Personal Responsibility™ are always saying that The Party of Personal Responsibility™ is anti-woman. If no one was saying that, then no one would think that.

    It’s like I used to say when I was a teacher: When a student’s grade is lower than what (s)he wanted or expected to get, the absolute last thing that occurs to anyone — least of all the student and parent — is that the student’s work wasn’t very good. The last thing that occurs to anyone in determining how to go about getting a better grade, is to do better work.

    Shorter version: If people think you’re a douchebag, you don’t like people thinking you’re a douchebag and you don’t want people to think you’re a douchebag, the best way to achieve that is to actually stop being a douchebag and start doing non-douchey things. You’re not going to convince people that you’re not a douchebag by claiming that the douchey things you do are not douchey.

    • 1933john

      More like “enema” than “douche”.

  • muselet

    And again I ask: why would any woman vote for any R for any office?

    –alopecia

    • GrafZeppelin127

      Because, at least in their minds, the women who would actually be on the receiving end of Republican policy toward women are … well, you know. Those women. Not our women.