Rep. Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST VAWA Because It Protects ‘Other’ Women (VIDEO)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn; @Wikipedia.com

Rep. Marsha Blackburn; @Wikipedia.com

It sure seems as though most Republican women are suffering from a sort of Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to voting on issues that affect women. But it’s really hard to feel sorry for them when they commit such acts of douchebaggery as Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee did on MSNBC yesterday. She freely admits that she voted “no” on the Violence Against Women Act, but when you hear why she voted “no” — I’ll go ahead and her tell you in her own words:

“When you start to make this about other things it becomes an ‘against violence act’ and not a targeted focus act… I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups. What you need is something that is focused specifically to help the shelters and to help out law enforcement, who is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women and helping them to stand up.” (Source)


Where to begin? The VAWA is “against violence.” It even says so right in the title. Did she not read it? “Targeted focus”? What the hell does that even mean? But the kicker is that it was expanded to include “other different groups.” I’m assuming by that she means those gay, undocumented and Indian women. Because they are so much less deserving than white, straight women with United States birth certificates. Un-freaking-believable!

Here’s the video:

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But at least Blackburn is fessing up to her vote. There are other women in the House who voted against it but are now lying about that vote. They must have figured out that it was a very unpopular thing to do. So they are telling everyone they voted for it anyway. I guess they count on people just taking their word for it. Ha! Not when we have a record of how they voted.

Michele Bachmann voted against VAWA. But that’s not how her spokesman is spinning it:

“Rep. Bachmann recognizes the importance of giving local law enforcement and nonprofit programs the resources they need to fight against domestic violence and sexual assault, which is why she supported the stronger House version of the Violence Against Women Act.” (Source)

Um, no. She didn’t. She supported the stripped down version that the House tried to palm off on us last month. The stronger one, the one that protects all women, is not the one she supported.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri really overcompensated, though. Check this out:

“I am pleased to support efforts to protect all women in this country from domestic abuse and other forms of violence. The House version of VAWA supports assistance to adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking… Violence against women, in all its forms, is unacceptable. I support efforts to prosecute to the full extent of the law all those who engage in these deplorable acts of abuse and violence.” (Source)

Except that she didn’t. She voted “no” and now that she thinks she might get taken to task for that vote, she is trying to hide the fact. But we know how you voted, Vicky.

Violence against women does not stop to look at skin color or nationality or sexual orientation. Domestic violence does not let up because the victim wasn’t born here or is transgender or Apache. ALL women deserve to be protected under this law. Not just the white, the straight, the rich and the legal. Mouthpieces for misogyny like Blackburn, Bachmann and Hartzler are worse than the men who live that misogyny. They are enablers and, yes, maybe cowed into voting the way they do. I honestly can’t think of any good reason for the way they voted except a form of Stockholm Syndrome.

I am reminded of a quote I read in a book of spirituality that really fits this situation:

“Are you then unable to recognize a sob unless it has the same sound as yours?”

Sadly, some people are unable to. Thank goodness Congress finally did.


Photobucket      T. Steelman is a life-long Liberal. She has been writing online about politics since 2007. She lives in Western Washington with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and a small herd of alpacas. How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit…