Republicans are the worst. Seriously. They are the worst.
Equal pay for women is a simple concept. What’s not to love about it? If Beth and Joe both work at the same job, then Beth and Joe should get paid the same amount of money. That’s it! It’s simple. But for some reason, the Republicans are trying to convince us women that the GOP is super lady-friendly and totally on our side, you guys — all the while they are kicking women in the ham wallet.
Take, for example, this morning’s edition of Morning Joe. Claire McCaskill appeared with Michael Steele to talk about the Paycheck Fairness Act. Claire was all, “Why won’t they pass this, bro?” And Mika Brzezinksi, co-host of Morning Joe and author of Knowing Your Value, her bestseller which examines inequality in the workplace, was all, “I know, right?” Mika and Claire wanted answers and Michael had none to offer. (I know, you’re shocked.)
After Chuck Todd wondered “How are we still here after twenty years?” Mika asked Michael to help her understand the intentions of the clowns voting against this bill: “Help me understand why someone would vote against this at this time, especially.”
Michael, of course, had nothing intelligent to say in response, and instead offered up some word salad that would have made Sarah Palin blush:
“Well… you know… again, you’re between a, a, a rock and a hard place politically. It’s… it’s… one of those…those arguments that you want to be on the right side of it, obviously. But the reality of it is…what is the politics, here? What is the, what is the get? [How about equal pay, jackass!? -ed.] Chuck [Todd] made the point. This is not a new battle. This is not the first time Republicans or Democrats have confronted this issue. You’ve gone from 73 cents to 77 cents, even if you went, you know, ten cents… The reality of it is, right now, in this political cycle, as heated and as polarized as it is… uh… a lot of folks will see this as nothing more than a way to sort of back one party in the corner and there’s nothing that’s really going to change beyond the legislation. [Nothing will change except that women will have legal recourse if they are getting screwed out of money they are owed by their employer, you mean. But sure... nothing will change. -ed.] And you talk about the corporate board, uh… corporate boards out there, to be political about it, we’ve already acknowledged that a lot of those boards… are CEOS are Democrats… uh.., they’ve given to Obama, they’ve supported this administration, yet here we are waiting until this heated election cycle to bring this up. Why wasn’t this one of the top agenda items when the president came in to lay out his economic plan?”
At this point, I must confess I yelled out at the top of my lungs to no one in particular, “WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! HE PASSED THE LILLY LEDBETTER ACT, YOU SHITBAG!! IT WAS THE FIRST THING HE DID!!!” (At which point my neighbor walked by and looked very alarmed, indeed.)
And then Mika made the same point that I had just inadvertently screamed at my neighbor, and told Michael Steele, “you got nothin’,” to which Michael Steele replied, “Well that’s just the politics of it and the question is, where do we go from here?”
And then he said — I shit you not — he actually answered his own “Where do we go from here” question and said: “Probably nowhere.”
That is about the most honest Michael Steele has ever been. We are going nowhere, and that is entirely due to the fact that Republicans are so hellbent on getting the Kenyan Usurper out of office that they are doing nothing but acting like obstructionist jackwagons. Republicans blocked the American Jobs Act. They blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. They blocked the WORK Act. Block, block, block. Actually, that’s a bit unfair. The Republicans are going to do two things: Jack and Shit.
These people are unbelievable. No wait — scratch that. These people are entirely believable. And I can’t stand them.
ABL aka Angry Black Lady aka Imani Gandy is a recovering attorney with a burning love of fire and perfectly-constructed sentences. The “anger” portion of her moniker stems not from her displeasure at the hellscape that American politics has become, but rather is a symptom of the pituitary tumor which has been indefinitely detained in her brain since 2006. When she’s not pointing out that people are wrong on the Internet – or writing for Balloon Juice, The Grio, The Team Uterati Wiki Project, or RH Reality Check -- she likes long sits on the beach. Also, she thinks gravity is a real downer. You can follow her on Twitter at @AngryBlackLady.
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