Kay Bailey Hutchison says GOP is “tainted” by candidates saying “very stupid things”
One of my favorite moderates, Kay Bailey, seems to have hit the nail on the head with this one.
Clearly she is no fan of stupidity, and points out that statements laden with stupidity are tainting her party.
I think she may be on to something there.
But wait, she goes on to bash the tea party too, pointing out the obvious, namely the taxed enough already folks have become mired down in social issues.
Perhaps if the GOP had put forth a candidate like this, who is not afraid to call out her e own party on their failures, well, at the end of January we would have a different president.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is ready to be done with politics, but even after her replacement, Ted Cruz, has been elected she is still out there providing spin for the Grand Old Party.
Specifically, she is speaking to the women, who might have- just possibly- been offended by some of the “stupid things” said by some of the Republican candidates this election season.
This is not the first time that as one of the GOP’s female representatives, Hutchison has been tasked with doing damage control. Earlier this year she told Candy Crowley that Republicans “don’t have a problem with women” and that expecting everyone of one gender to feel the same way is sexist.
Today while appearing on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, she once again tried to shift the political focus from social issues to economics. The Dallas Republican said the party should emphasize its efforts to limit spending and repair the economy, issues which she believes are as important to women as men.
This was, however, after she admitted that “Republican candidates who got very high profile and said some very stupid things” – such as Todd Akin, and Richard Mourdock – “tainted the party.”
According to nationwide exit polls, 53 percent of all voters were women and majority of them, 55 percent, voted for President Obama.
Hutchison believes that personal issues such as abortion and contraception are difficult issues for Republicans to incorporate into the party’s identity. When speaking with O’Brien, she said:
I just think people have personal beliefs, and what we need to do is fashion a party around the economics and the long-term viability of the economy of our country. And I think when people start trying to go into such personal issues and then try to form a party around it, it’s very difficult.
And I think the Tea Party, for instance, started by focusing on the debt and the deficit and the fiscal cliff. And then, I think, it got all mired in other issues, the myriad of issues, that sort of muddled the message that we’ve got to do something about the economy. We cannot sit here with a $16 trillion debt, with trillion-dollar deficits, every single year, and think we’re going to get out of the mess.
“What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.”
― Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir