Buzzfeed’s Kate Nocera looks around for Democrat women to opine on A. Weiner, Eliot and Bob Filner — mostly in vain. But liberal Emily’s List jumped to comment.
A spokeswoman for Emily’s List, a group that works to elect women supportive of abortion rights, argued the difference between Filner’s — or Weiner’s or Spitzer’s for that matter — behavior and that of Republican gaffe-prone men has to do with the legislative priorities of the GOP.
“The difference is that Republicans’ words and personal actions are backed up by an actual party legislative agenda that hurts women — this stuff goes from infuriating and outrageous to genuinely frightening when they’re trying to back it up with real live laws that roll back the clock to a time when women were treated as second class citizens,” Emily’s List Communications Director Jess McIntosh said. “Akin only mattered because Republicans had already tried to redefine rape in legislation — the Republicans gaffing all over the place when it comes to women are not outliers. They are reflective of their party’s actual agenda.”
Weed through the rhetoric and red herrings and Emily’s List’s meaning is plain: As long as Democrat men support a certain set of laws, they can do whatever they want, at home, in their offices, wherever, to whomever they want. Bob Filner swats his subordinates on the rear and tells them not to wear panties to work. That’s cool with Emily’s List! Supporting abortion on demand is a Get Out of Jail Free! card for boors and cads. Bill Clinton was a true trailblazer.
I wonder, does it ever occur to the folks at Emily’s List that some of these boors and cads just support abortion as a means to getting power, access, and sex?