It’s hard to believe that Eric Cantor really decided to keep the Violence Against Women Act renewal off the floor of the House because he was concerned about allowing tribal courts to try non-Native men accused of domestic violence on reservations. But that’s the story going around, and apparently neither Cantor nor anyone else in the House Republican (mis)leadership will explain.
I just can’t imagine why anyone would accuse a party devoted to protecting rapists and domestic assailants from the course of justice of waging a war on women. Can you?
I’m not generally a big fan of Cato the Censor, but if I were Nancy Pelosi I’d suggest that every speech by a Democrat, on any topic, end with the sentence “And, Mr. Speaker, I’d also like to know why the House was not allowed to vote on the Violence Against Women Act.”
When your opponent builds a gallows, ties a noose, sticks his head in it, stands on the trapdoor, and smiles, it’s just plan bad manners not to do your bit to speed him on his way. I haven’t looked closely at the map, but I’d bet that a bunch of the voters in the seats we need to flip to take control in 2014 are women, and that relatively few of those women are fans of rape and domestic violence.