• Thu, Apr 5 2012

RNC Chairman Compares Women To Caterpillars; Calls Birth Control Debate ‘Fictional’

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus really, really wants all of the controversy surrounding women’s reproductive rights—you know, the one that stumps GOP nominee Mitt Romney and turns female voters off of his party—to go away. So to persuade everyone, he compared women to caterpillars, and called the birth control debate “fictional.” Because women haven’t been compared to animals enough this year.

Priebus went on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, to discuss the issues dominating political debates. When asked about the criticism that the GOP is waging a war on women, and what he thinks of the widening gender gap in polls, he responded:

If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars. I mean, the fact of the matter is it’s a fiction…

He also threw down accusations that the debates all started with the President’s attack on the Vatican (though we’re not clear on at what point that became fictional).

But my favorite part of his diatribe is a quick plug he made for the democratic party, which he asserts is the part that wants to help “everybody”:

We believe that jobs should be better, people should be doing better, and choices should be more.

If he means that we should have more choices than, say, livestock, he wouldn’t be in complete agreement with everyone in his party, but I think we might be overanalyzing here: Preibus doesn’t want to demean women or talk about their reproductive choices; he just wants us to go away.

Check out the full video here:

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    See Alternet – Deciphering Right Wing Code / and understand what Priebus is saying.
    Interpretation: Caterpillars are slow, unimportant creatures (unlike rich, entitled CEOs) – denigrating (women and) this non-discussion.