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Friday, January 4, 2013

Remember When Eric Cantor Said He Wanted the GOP to Be More Inclusive?

Posted by on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

And remember how the gay Log Cabin Republicans did back flips about it?

Log Cabin Republicans agree strongly with Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) that the GOP “need[s] to be a party of inclusion, not exclusion.” In an interview with Buzzfeed, the congressman urged tolerance and acceptance of a diversity of opinion on issues including the freedom to marry. “The Log Cabin Republicans motto is ‘inclusion wins,’ and it is encouraging to see conservative leaders like Majority Leader Cantor promoting that message."

You'll never guess who played a big role in killing the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act—and you'll never guess why:

The Violence Against Women Act first became law in 1994 and has since been routinely reauthorized without controversy. By providing resources for law enforcement to combat spousal abuse, it has protected countless women from domestic violence. But the 2012 re-authorization, like many initiatives of the just-concluded Congress, fell prey to House Republican resistance—in this case, to expanding the Act to cover more women. In the end, House GOP leaders refused bring to a vote a bill that passed the Senate with a bipartisan supermajority....

The battle began last spring in the Senate. Democrats introduced a re-authorization—written with input from law enforcement and anti-domestic-violence advocates—with expanded provisions to protect victims even if they’re gay, illegal immigrants or Native Americans living in tribal jurisdictions. Republicans balked, demanding those additions be stripped out and introducing a competing version that omitted them....

In December, there was a glimmer of hope for the measure when Biden, the chief architect of the original VAWA, entered negotiations with [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor (R-VA) to see if they could resolve the disputes. But that, too, went nowhere. A top Senate Democratic aide said Cantor refused to budge on [removing] the LGBT, undocumented immigrant and especially tribal jurisdiction provisions.

So Eric "Party of Inclusion" Cantor killed the VAWA because he couldn't exclude LGBT victims of domestic violence from the act, along with immigrant and Native American victims of domestic violence. Maybe the boys at Log Cabin Republicans should remove their tongues from Cantor's ass long enough to spit out a press release about that.

 

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Ophian 1
Keep it up guys. 2016 will be a cakewalk.
Posted by Ophian on January 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM · Report this
Knat 2
Why did he refuse to give ground "especially" in the case of tribal jurisdiction? I can understand the refusal on LGBT and illegal immigrant women given the GOP mindset (repugnant as it may be, I can at least understand the basis for it, given their beliefs), but why do they balk particularly at Native American women in this bill?
Posted by Knat on January 4, 2013 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 3
@ 1, before 2014 comes 2016. Don't make the mistake of overlooking midterms - the 2010 election led directly to the firm gerrymandering of the House for the GOP.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM · Report this
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Negative, Dano, I've never listened to neocon super-stooges of Wall Street like Cantor.

The fact that you listen to him is probably why you grew up so screwed up and supported the Bush Crime Family's illegal invasion of Iraq originally and ended up as editor of a faux alternative rag like The Stranger, but there's always hope and change, fellow....
Posted by sgt_doom on January 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM · Report this
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Why don't lesbians just quit abusing each other?.....
Posted by please, GOP, save us from ourselves....... on January 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM · Report this
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Violence against Native American women is a bigger problem than people realize. In Arizona, young men drive onto the reservation looking for women to attack. They know the Arizona state police won't follow them, and they know the tribes only have the authority to punish crimes with a five-year sentence or shorter.
Posted by DRF on January 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM · Report this
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@2 Because rural white Americans, especially those who live near reservations (think South Dakota) hate indigenous people. Seriously. It will do no favors to Republicans to address the rape of native women as a hate crime when so many white men think of it as a fun weekend activity to drive to the reservation and rape someone. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.co…
Posted by sahara29 on January 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Ophian 8
@3 true, but as long as the GOP is sticking with its old-white-guy play book, they are sidelining themselves.

And I'm okay with that.
Posted by Ophian on January 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM · Report this
despicable me 9
WELCOME BACK, Dan! (You are back, yes?)

January 4th, 2013, and you're already stirring up the pot. Please, Sir, can I have some more? Keep it coming, we can take it.

Muwah!

xoxox

P.S., When does the book come out?
Posted by despicable me on January 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM · Report this
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Andrew Sullivan's love for the GOP will never be affected by such lapses, never touched by the hand of reality.
Posted by conservatives support conservatives on January 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM · Report this
Baconcat 11
Sorry to trouble you, pragmatic compromise-loving Democrats. Glad your guy got into the White House again, I'm sure you were afraid the drone program would go away and you'd lose your Third Way cred to Mitt.

Anyway, I'm so happy you've taken notice of crimes against Native Americans -- we're really hurting, you know. The problem goes well beyond just the Rez boundaries and beyond social issues like drinking. It's pretty big! Part of that problem is rooted in a lack of will to fight for Native Americans. That's why even off-rez Native American women are constantly attacked -- nobody really gives two hoots!

So, since you're done with your big election and your guy can't get elected again, maybe you could, um, back more Native American rights and protections? If it isn't too much trouble. I mean, you can be pragmatic and compromise us away in order to land other big wins like protecting top earners and raising taxes on the middle class while pondering entitlement reform (also known as "cutting Social Security"), but there's only a few million of us left and we really don't want you to feel bad if genocide finally works out in your favor because liberal guilt is such a bummer.

Alright, back to your compromise and centrism and pragmatism, guys. Just keep us in mind :)
Posted by Baconcat on January 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
As a vegan of 1/32 Native American descent...
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 13
@11,

I guess you missed the part where all of VAWA went down in flames because the administration wouldn't budge on indigenous women's rights.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Lissa 14
Baconcat was being sarcastic keshmeshi.
Posted by Lissa on January 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM · Report this
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@13 Don't be so defensive. If you had even a small clue about what Baconcat is talking about you would not have posted this.
Posted by sahara29 on January 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 16
@12 SHUT UP, VEGAN!!!

Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on January 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM · Report this
Knat 17
@6, 7: Thank you for the info. Pardon me while I go vomit in rage and disgust.
Posted by Knat on January 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
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@14: Sounds like he's being sarcastic, but also horribly fucking smug, as if all Democrats were lockstep "Obamabots" or something.
Posted by there are less douchey ways for him to phrase on January 4, 2013 at 2:35 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 19
@15,

And what would that be? The Democrats actually took a stand for once. What else were they supposed to do?
Posted by keshmeshi on January 4, 2013 at 2:53 PM · Report this
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The Republican party has been the party of exclusion since forever. The party should change its name to the Obstructionist party.
Posted by Weekilter on January 4, 2013 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 21
Two-hundred years from now when people will laugh about gay discrimination ("Can you believe people did that?"), and being gay will be about as interesting as having blue eyes or brown hair, the Republicans will then and only then stop their shit - and the Log Cabin Republicans will say, "See? We made a difference!"
Posted by Bauhaus I on January 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 22
Oh don't be so hard on Eric Canker. He wants a more diverse Republican party. He does however want those Republicans who are not white males to know their place and shut the fuck up.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on January 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM · Report this
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Anyone know what actual tribal authorities think about this? Maybe they resent federal intrusion into their jurisdiction. I don't know the answer to that question, but it sounds at least as plausible as the suggestion that Cantor is carrying water for the admittedly well-funded and influential white-boys-who-drive-onto-reservations-to-beat-up-native-women lobby.
Posted by Corydon on January 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM · Report this
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@23 - Women are not only "beat up" by white men trolling for prey on the reservation. They're gang raped, abused and left with no justice for the crimes done against them. Here's an article: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171727/tod…

Please read. Your comment was atrocious.
Posted by goodjobguy on January 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM · Report this

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