- - Monday, March 15, 2021

It seems as though national Republicans never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

They’re missing one now in the battle over the supposed “rights” of biological men who “identify” as “females” at the expense of real girls and women.

Remember when, not so long ago, Democrats accused Republicans of waging a “war on women”? It was a shamelessly phony charge, of course, but it was so effective that Democrats deployed it across several election cycles.

The opportunity that Republicans are missing is the chance to flip that script on Democrats, who are waging a real war on women.

Democrats are demonstrating a disturbing obeisance to the minuscule, but powerful, transgender lobby at the expense of real women — the ones with XX chromosomes. (The same Democrats who insist we follow the debatable science of climate change reject this until-now undisputed biological science.)

The Democrats’ war on women involves forcing girls and women in high school and collegiate athletics to compete against these faux females, who have the unarguable advantage of male musculature and hormones, and the greater strength, speed and stamina that go with them.

You could ask Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, Chelsea Mitchell and an unidentified fourth plaintiff who filed a lawsuit, heard Feb. 26 in federal court in Connecticut, to force that state to end its policy of allowing trans “women” to compete in high school and collegiate sports against biological females.

The four have lost major track competitions and state championships to those make-believe “females,” so for them, the debate over transgenderism is neither abstract, nor hypothetical.

Yet, congressional Democrats are doubling down on this unfairness. The House of Representatives on Feb. 25 passed the so-called Equality Act, which in banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would effectively codify into federal law discrimination against real girls and women.

H.R. 5 passed 224-206, with not a single Democrat opposed, and with three Republicans shamefully joining their war on (real) women. While most Republicans didn’t vote for it, most also didn’t speak out forcefully against it.

They should, however, because a new Morning Consult poll commissioned by Politico found strong opposition to allowing biological males to compete in girls and women’s high school and collegiate sports.

The survey, released March 10, found that among 1,990 registered voters polled, 53% supported barring transgender “women” from female athletics, while just 32% were opposed.

On March 11, Mississippi became the second state, after Idaho, to enact such a ban when it was signed into law by Republican Gov. Tate Reeves. Meanwhile, in South Dakota, the Women’s Fairness in Sports Act was sent March 10 to Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, who has promised to sign it into law.

The Equality Act is unlikely to become federal law because it surely will be filibustered in the Senate, but will Senate Republicans frame the debate as the Democrats’ “war on women”? It’s an opportunity to shrink the gender gap that they shouldn’t miss.

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