- - Thursday, October 27, 2016

It’s “baaaaack,” and just in time for Halloween, the tired canard invented by the Democrats and their allies in the media, that the Republicans want to wage war against women. Like a serial killer in a horror movie, the canard just won’t die.

The accusation usually works, however, and it causes certain Republicans to curl up in the fetal position — never a good position to be in when abortionists and their Democratic pimps are soliciting in the neighborhood — and they should be calling out the Democrats for abuse of the Ninth Commandment. (For uneducated readers ignorant of the Bible, it’s the “thou shalt not” about bearing false witness.)

In the fashion of an October surprise, the canard was dutifully trotted out by The Washington Post the other day in a front-page story under the headline, “A ‘war on women’ within the GOP?” The expected answer to a headline with a question mark at the end is always “yes.” But the real answer is nearly always “no.”

Donald Trump has made himself a target for the “war on women” meme, given his track record of saying rude things about female rivals, from Hillary Clinton to Carly Fiorina to Rosie O’Donnell. Rudeness comes with the territory in politics, and the Donald’s reluctance to temper his language when he’s counterpunching female critics could be regarded as treating women as equals. “Don’t hit a girl” is a given on a schoolyard, but in politics, not so much.

The Democrats use the “war on women” meme against any male Republican candidate who gives them even the flimsiest pretense for doing it. During the 2012 presidential campaign, for example, Democrats jumped on Mitt Romney for his awkward but harmless remark about having “binders of women” he expected to consider for top jobs in a prospective Romney administration. Where else in a well-ordered business office would you keep such names but in binders?

The next year Democrats in Virginia accused the Republican nominee for governor, Ken Cuccinelli, a gentleman and devoted husband of a wife and five daughters, of plotting a war against women, presumably including those in his household. Mr. Cuccinelli was urged to make greater public use of the women in his life by putting them in television commercials. Being the gentleman and devoted husband and father, he declined. He lost the race by a paper-thin margin.

The answer to the absurd idea of a Republican war on women is easy: Why would any candidate want to make war against his mother, his wife, his daughters, his sisters, his cousins and his aunts when he needs their votes? Instead, certain Republicans mince about the parlor, saying silly things written for them by campaign consultants that impress no one.

We rather like the manly approach to canards of Joe Biden (though not his politics). He yearns to take Donald Trump behind the barn and whip his nether region. We’re not sure he could — and of course the very idea shocks, dismays and appalls us, as it does every right-thinking citizen — but we’d pay a dollar or two to watch.

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