on the Senate floor:
"My friends, this supposed 'War on Women' or the use of similarly outlandish rhetoric by partisan operatives has two purposes, and both are purely political in their purpose and effect: The first is to distract citizens from real issues that really matter and the second is to give talking heads something to sputter about when they appear on cable television," he said. "Neither purpose does anything to advance the well-being of any American."
"To suggest that one group of us or one party speaks for all women or that one group has an agenda to harm women and another to help them is ridiculous," he continued.
"Women and men are no different in their rights and responsibilities," he said. "I believe this legislation recognizes that. I don’t believe the ludicrous, partisan posturing that has conjured up this imaginary war does."
"Women and men are no different in their rights and responsibilities?" Did this old fossil ACTUALLY say that in his outside voice?
Look I hate to disagree with Grandpa Melanoma here, but the facts are that there is INDEED a war on women, and he damn well knows it!
Courtesy of US News:
The GOP "War on Women" is real and it has real-world consequences for the millions of women whose lives can and will be impacted by legislation that erodes more than a century's worth of progress on women's reproductive rights. There were over 1100 antichoice provisions introduced in 2011 and 900 antichoice provisions introduced so far in 2012. Legislators in 13 states have introduced 22 bills seeking to mandate that a woman obtain an ultrasound procedure before having an abortion. Of these, seven states are pursuing the state-rape vaginal probe variety. In addition, legislators in 13 states have sponsored right-wing "Personhood" type bills, too extreme even for the electorate of Mississippi, that could make both abortion and reproductive choices highly restricted.
Lest we think that the rhetoric around these bills might contain the damage to the GOP's standing amongst women, please note how Georgia state legislator Rep. Terry England compares women to cows and pigs on his farm in support of bill forcing women to carry even inviable fetuses to term and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett justifies forced ultrasound bill by telling women to "just close your eyes."
Now you cannot tell me that McCain is completely unaware of these facts, or that women continue to earn 77% of what a man earns for the same job.
This is reality for women living in the United States of America today. And McCain HAS to be aware, on some level, of that reality.
But I think that he is more than simply uninformed, or purposefully obtuse on the subject, I think he has taken a very aggressive part in actively trying to keep women "in their place."
Because in the War on Women, THIS is the huge atom bomb that he dropped on the female population in America.
In one fell swoop McCain pushed the women's movement back almost fifty years, and having struck the first devastating blow, drew in the other insecure male Republicans to continue the attack like sharks drawn to an open wound in a political ocean today virtually awash with blood gushing from rapidly dying rights of women in this country.