Former Bush Adviser Says She'll 'Cut Out the Tongue' of the Next GOP Man Who Talks Rape

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karen hughes If you were starting to worry that nutjobs and failed politicians (whoohoo!) Rep. Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock -- who became nationally famous for their bonkers comments on rape during this election cycle -- were speaking for the whole Republican party, have no fear. Former adviser to George W. Bush, Karen Hughes, has spoken out and is none too pleased with either man's rape and abortion rhetoric.

In an op-ed on Politico last week, published after both politicians were defeated (Akin in Congress by Democrat Claire McCaskill, Mourdock in the Senate by Democrat Joe Donnelly), Hughes wrote, "And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue." Amaaaaazing!

Hey, it needed to be said. And by a woman on the right, too! After all, it's not like guys like Akin and Mourdock are really going to listen to what liberal ladies like Cher and Kathy Griffin have to say about all the "sick stuff" they had been spewing leading up to the election. Clearly, someone like Hughes has a bit more pull with conservatives running for office. To know she is also making a play to shut down these insane remarks is nothing short of awesome.

She elaborated in her column:

The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of 'legitimate rape.'

That's right. Hughes speaks the truth. She's not hiding in the GOP bubble, dealing with faux facts to make herself feel better. She's facing reality and acknowledging that, yes, these men screwed up. And perhaps Republicans on a nationwide scale screwed up by barely batting an eyelash at these "Neanderthal comments." Or how about how Romney actually endorsed Mourdock?!

All right, so yeah, one might argue that it's now all water under the dam ... but it's not. As Hughes says, their big losses are a sign that the Republican party cannot continue with business as usual:

We have to explain our conservative philosophy in a forward-looking way that appeals to the diverse constituencies that make up our country. And we need to make a special effort to listen to and better understand what resonates with younger voters.

They can't discount and marginalize women (single and married), young people, Latinos, black Americans, the middle class -- you know all Americans who aren't old, rich white men ... And other, sane Republicans need to stand up and join Hughes to acknowledge that this kind of polarizing, moralistic drivel is not going to fly. The voters clearly won't stand for it. So unless they change their tune on these issues central to women's lives and livelihood, they're going to be even bigger losers in the years ahead.

What do you think of Karen Hughes' reaction to Mourdock and Akin's rape remarks?


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2012 election, sex crime, politics

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Bloom... Bloomie79

So glad to hear the voice of a sane republican woman. It needed said, and it needs repeated.

nonmember avatar Laura S.

Cut out his toungue? Wait until you read her Op-Ed about Petraeus and what she wants to cut from him....

Dana E Armstrong

Why all the outrage? These men did nothing more than repeat what's written in the GOP's platform.  There's no expection in that plank for rape, incest or health of the mother.  Paul Ryan co-sponsored the legislation to change the word rape to "forcible rape", with Todd Aiken.  Remember "method of conception doesn't matter"?  This is the GOP's position, either own it or get rid of it, but just because you advocate shushing anyone who repeats it out loud, where we can all hear it, give you no credibility.

Dana E Armstrong

Really need an edit feature, *exception* *gives*. 

nonmember avatar kaerae

Hey, I remember Republican women like her, back before the tea party hijacked them all. Democrats and Republicans used to disagree, now we wage war against each other. I miss voices like hers on the other side. You can debate with reasonable people, and the Right has been overtaken by unreasonable crazies. Nice to hear a voice of reason on the right again!

DebaLa DebaLa

Maybe she should run for president. I'm so tired of men running the world and our country. They've had their turn at the wheel long enough. And skip the "I don't care if we elect men/women, black/white or dog-catcher, I want the best person for the job" routine. Well there are plenty of qualified women given the apparent standards set by men, that would give their right arm and then some to prove themselves. All candidate qualifications being equal, I'm choosing a woman. Women represent over half our population. I want someone who represents ME. You want something be upset about, how about not being represented — at all. Do you think divisiveness among women is by accident??


About the article: Throw in Tom Smith (R) PA, and even Mrs Akin for honorable mention for making stupid, revealing comments too. Hughes sounds much more in touch with her ear to the ground. It's about dealing in realities about people, not dessicated ideals about what once was.


I wish, tho, she left Neanderthals out of it: they had bigger brain capacity and were more human (and humane) than we *superior* modern-day man, as clearly evidenced in the blogs of late.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Love this! I'm so grateful that you are now aware that there are actually SMART republican women willing to stand up!

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

Dana-the Republican platform absolutely allows it to save the life of the mother. You have been listening to the Democrats who wanted to scare women into voting for them. As for rape, my heart is torn. I hate to see a life ended because of this horrible act of violence, but I can't begin to imagine the horror of being in that situation, so I would not judge someone, that is not mine to judge. But the remarks from these politicians make me sick and are embarrassing to the Republican Party!

nonmember avatar Phoenix

Dear lord, please clone her and make an entire party just out of her, and I'll vote for it.

She's right, a lot of gals I know had some serious qualms about the entire Republican party after those comments. Not because they thought those comments were meant to represent the entire Right, but because it seemed like the entire party was a-ok with those comments and rushing to excuse them.

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