In the wake of Todd Akin and so many other Republican legislators, officials and candidates saying boneheaded things that made women run like hell away from them, the GOP is holding training sessions with staffers so they can try to keep those things from happening again.
The National Republican Congressional Committee wants to make sure there are no Todd Akin-style gaffes next year, so it’s meeting with top aides of sitting Republicans to teach them what to say — or not to say — on the trail, especially when their boss is running against a woman.
Speaker John Boehner is serious, too. His own top aides met recently with Republican staff to discuss how lawmakers should talk to female constituents.
“Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn,” said a Republican staffer who attended the session in Boehner’s office.
There have been “multiple sessions” with the NRCC where aides to incumbents were schooled in “messaging against women opponents,” one GOP aide said.Boehner urged his colleagues Thursday in response to this POLITICO story to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women.
“Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said.
But it isn’t just about running against female candidates. Akin’s comments would have been no less offensively idiotic if his opponent had been a man. And it apparently hasn’t occurred to them that if you continually support policies that hurt women, you aren’t going to get their vote just by not saying incredibly stupid and sexist things.