Palin closed CPAC with a speech that demonstrated the right’s women problem: It’s hard to win women when you can’t help insulting them.
Republicans are not waging a war on women “just because” they want to restrict access to abortion and birth control, and focusing on such issues is an “insult” to women, said Carly Fiorina, co-chair of the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, in her remarks to the conference on Saturday.
The official line from anti-choicers about “life” is slipping away more frequently, and the reality—that it’s all about controlling women’s sexuality—comes out more often. Even at an official “pro-life” event at the RNC, ugly sexism can’t be contained.
Anti-choicers, while detached from reality, aren’t stupid, of course, and eventually they figured out how bad it looks to have a bunch of men at the front of misogynist organizations trying to put on a smiley face. Hence, the rise in prominence of women in the anti-choice movement.