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The Pussy Claws Back

Powerful article over on The Guardian that everyone should take a gander at. In The Republican party is about to face the wrath of women, L.A. Kauffman argues that the Republican Party may have sealed its own doom by gratuitously angering women. The Party, she notes, seeming gone out of its way to infuriate women—with Trump, with his obvious misogyny, with the equally obvious misogyny of his whole administration, and now with GOP’s support for Brett Kavanaugh, in spite of all the evidence that he is unacceptable to most women in the nation.

And, says Kauffman, this will lead to a day of reckoning. Women are now not just angry, but “organized,” running for office in countless places, and supporting only those candidates — male or female — who are sensitive to women’s issues. It could be, she suspects, the end of the Republican Party as we know it.

In one particularly striking paragraph, she notes, “Protests are only the most visible manifestation of what’s been happening at the grassroots, however. Quietly and persistently, women have also been pursuing a powerful electoral ground game that’s striking in both its scale and its character. During some past eras in American history when demonstrations surged, there was a gulf between protest politics and electoral activism, with those who marched in the streets shunning electoral work as impossibly compromised. That gulf has utterly vanished in the Trump era, with a clear-eyed pragmatism taking its place: ‘Voting,’ one activist friend likes to say, ‘is a form of harm reduction.’”

Let’s hope she’s right. Let’s hope that this time next year, the GOP will have discovered that hell hath no fury like a woman voter who has been treated with contempt by a Great White Male Republican.