Maddow mocks ‘war on caterpillars’: GOP needs to own up to its agenda

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, April 5, 2012 23:53 EDT
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Maddow caterpillar via MSNBC screenshot
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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night said the Republican Party needed to either own up to its legislative agenda or stop doing it.

She mocked the idea that the Democrat’s huge lead among female voters in battleground states was the result of media bias, as RNC chair Reince Priebus had claimed.

“If Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that the Republicans have a war on caterpillars then we would have problems with caterpillars,” Priebus said in a interview that will air on Saturday. “The fact of the matter is that it’s a fiction.”

“In this analogy what he’s missing is the part where the Republican party introduces hundreds of pieces of legislation all over the country attacking the rights of caterpillars, which in his analogy is in fact what the Republican party has been doing,” Maddow said. “The Republican party in this analogy has to be seen as a radically, what, anti-cocoon party?”

Maddow noted that Republicans in state legislatures across the country have pushed for tighter restrictions on abortions, such as requiring ultrasounds before a woman can terminate her pregnancy or mandating a 24-hour waiting period.

Thanks to their electoral victories in 2010, conservatives lawmakers successfully enacted 92 measures aimed at restricting abortion in 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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