The Real War On WomenAugust 8, 2013
Desperate to turn the tables in a battle over women voters, the GOP and its Fox News allies are trying to spin the personal scandals surrounding Democratic politicians Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner into a “democratic war on women” to distract from the real Republican one.
This debate is not about subtle argument; it’s about piles of examples. Have the two lists memorized so they trip off your tongue as easily as the words to your favorite song: (1) the long list of Republican politicians whose private behavior is just as bad as that of the Democrats in the headlines today, and (2) the even longer list of legislative horrors Republicans want to impose on American women. Rattling these off — at a good clip, not letting yourself be interrupted until they concede the point — will beat back this ridiculous and desperate smear. You can do this with an argumentative, exasperated tone, or a smiling, amazed tone.
Below is a version of each list, along with some useful connecting and transition language.
|●||It’s true: powerful men disrespecting their wives has been a problem in both parties for a long time.|
|■||Before Anthony Weiner, there was Republican Chris Lee, the married Congressman who sent shirtless pictures of himself to women he met online.|
|■||Before Democratic sexual harasser Mayor Filner, there were Republican sexual harassers Herman Cain, Bob Packwood, and Clarence Thomas.|
|■||These are not pleasant memories, but the Republican list is long: David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Souder… Republicans Henry Hyde, Steven LaTourette and Robert Livingston all voted to impeach President Clinton after cheating on their own wives.|
|▲||But it’s one thing for a powerful man to have personal failings. It’s another thing for him to push an abusive policy agenda on all American women.|
|▲||Here’s the real war on women:
|▲||Hard-working American women are trying to make ends meet and care for their families — and Republicans are doing everything they can to make their lives harder.|
|▲||That’s what a “war on women” looks like — and women know it. In the last presidential election, nearly 8 million more American women voted for President Obama than Mitt Romney.|
KEY: ● Connect with your audience | ■ Make your case | ▲Show how your opponents differ