Analysis: GOP’s “Get Your Women’s Health Care at Walgreens” Strategy Backfires

The national and state budget negotiations are shaping up to be a recipe for disaster for the GOP, largely because the  Republican Party is being held hostage by hard-line right-wing forces: the tea party obsessed with cutting the budget (even though here in Montana we have a $300 million surplus) and the religious right  are focused on cutting family planning and birth control – the one way to get to their supposed goal of reducing abortions. As Montana GOP Senate Finance Committee Chair Dave Lewis (R-Helena)  acknowledged, these groups are calling the shots and the budget is being crafted to please them.


The GOP’s actions will harm their approval ratings with independent voters, which are key to winning elections for either party .  Independents aren’t interested in ideology. They’re interested in problem-solving and passing a lean, rational budget. But state House Speaker Milburn (R-Cascade) isn’t worried about independents,  he’s worried about the wingnuts in his own caucus, a strategy that will backfire for him like it backfired for the GOP nationally. 

As Politico reports, Republicans were forced to give up the ridiculous cuts to family planning at the national level because it made them look absurd, allowing Democratic leaders to depict Republicans as willing to shut down the federal government in order to cut funding for women’s health care services.  (It is already illegal for federal funds to be used for abortions, and has been for decades.)

This strategy didn’t work so well for Republicans at the national level, an
Americans don’t want to talk about abortion. When asked to name the most important issues facing the country, abortion ranks very low. They especially don’t want to see the abortion debate sabotage more urgent matters — like getting a federal budget and keeping the government open.

The effects of the national GOP’s strategic bungle aren’t over yet.  Here’s the latest from the Colbert Report

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15 Comments on "Analysis: GOP’s “Get Your Women’s Health Care at Walgreens” Strategy Backfires"

  1. Ah yes. It is obvious that the teaparty’s trategy has reacted negatively nationally. RightWingPathetics are no longer controlling the conversation…

  2. Rightwingers are controlling the conversation, and therefore losing the votes. That’s the point.

  3. Would that were true.

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 13, 2011 2:12 PM at 2:12 PM |

    The Guv doin’ what the guv does best, kickin’ ASS! (rightwing dumbass that is)! On a personal not to the Guv. THANK YOU!

    http://www.greatfallstribune.com/section/VideoNetwork?bctid=903034579001&odyssey=mod|video||umbrella

  5. William Murdick | April 13, 2011 5:56 PM at 5:56 PM |

    I don’t think most voters are aware of what is going on on political TV stations, or how nutty the conservatives are nowadays. What will hurt the right at the polls are a few positions they take, probably none of them having to do with women. Certainly their stance on getting rid of medicare will hurt them. Their highly public antagonism towards unions and Latinos will hurt them. But many independents will probably succumb to the specious logic that something like Planned Parenthood is dispensable in hard economic times, like NPR. I think the Democrats should make a big deal out of the tea party’s anti-woman policies, but I don’t see it happening yet.

  6. Chris McClintock | April 13, 2011 8:12 PM at 8:12 PM |

    I think the Republicans in Montana will wise up and realize how their GOP counterparts realized that jeopardizing the entire budget because of birth control is fucking stupid and makes them look as much, not that they don’t already, but their approval ratings show that this stupidity is wearing thin on the voters.

  7. Somehow the GOP forgets that WOMEN Vote. Or their plan was to change that before 2012….

  8. In Montana, women are actually 55% of the electorate. It’s a real problem for the GOP, but they aren’t going to die on this sword, makes them look too petty. They’ll pick a different nutter cause like health care reform repeal.

  9. Just some ammo in case anyone gets into ‘health care’ discussions. I read something recently that seemed to put the mess I’ve been working in for 34 years (RN) into perspective. Those numbers were for 2006. Last night I found the numbers from 2009 had been released 3/16/11 by the Vital Statistics folks.

    The top 3 causes of death in America are:

    Heart disease
    Cancer
    Medical Care – all the errors, omissions, and people who properly take properly prescribed drugs.

    # 10 is the people who have no health insurance.

    So, as Sarah says, don’t retreat, reload.

  10. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 13, 2011 9:34 PM at 9:34 PM |

    At least SOMEone is happy with the budget! Sorry it ain’t you!

    http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2011041512/did-koch-industries-write-budget-deal

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