McCain has been trying to curry favor among the majority of the populace (Sex: F) of late, since Clinton left the race. Sure he laughed along as his supporters used the B-word to describe Clinton, but like a good Republican McCain has nothing but disdain for the messy truths of the past.
He is a major supporter of women, you know. He has long long supported equal pay for women. Granted, as Crooks and Liars (with video) notes, he has actually been an opponent of it, repeatedly, year after year, voting against it, but that is the past. Ignore it.
...And then there is the charming video of McCain stymied by the thought of birth control. Simple question, why if Viagra covered by insurance, why not birth control? I mean, if we have to support boner medicine, why not a medicine that prevents unwanted pregnancy which add the pressures and burdens on society? And McCain can't answer, or could he?
Adam Jentleson explained, “In April, McCain opposed a major Senate bill seeking equal pay for women…. In 2000, McCain opposed an amendment that aimed to ‘provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex.’ In 1985, McCain voted against a study to investigate pay differences among federal employees, and determine whether they were the result of discrimination.”
Indeed, after the ridiculous Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter, McCain “dismissed the importance of equal pay, saying that women simply need ‘education and training.’”
In other words, McCain was campaigning today on women’s issues, hoping desperately that voters don’t know anything about his record of women’s issues. Once again, McCain is counting on public ignorance to get him through the campaign.
Feministing: (with video)
So does he not know that he voted against requiring insurance companies to cover birth control for women? Or does he just not want to talk about it?
And which constituency does he want to put off? As he freezes there, you can see he is pondering. And would be more pissed, the women he wants to woo, or the fundamentalist who he is trying to keep in line?
I guess it can be hard to be all things to all people, while giving the straight talk.