Plunderbund--a delightfully named site devoted to Ohio politics--takes note of what a tremendous help Gov. John Kasich was yesterday at a rally for Mitt Romney, who, remarkably, is regarded unfavorably by a majority of Ohioan women:
Kasich talks about his ("hot") wife, and the wives of Romney and Ryan, and the reasons they couldn’t be at the event today:
"They’re at home doing the laundry" and "at home taking care of the kids."
Nice touch, John, who, it would seem, was brought on stage only to prove that the party's morons aren't limited to the party's presidential ticket.
This morning E.J. Dionne wrote, in part, about the right's " '50s nostalgia tak[ing] the form of a quest for order, social homogeneity, religious faith ... and strong families, sometimes defined as a return to old gender roles...." That nostalgia, like all nostalgia, is organically rooted in a mythical revisionism; in reality, not only the 1950s intelligentsia (who were among the finest ever: e.g. Dwight MacDonald, C. Wright Mills, Richard Hofstadter) but quite average American families found this nation's imposed cultural uniformity to be spiritually crushing--the simplest, most straightforward evidence of this assertion was the broad welcome extended to John Kennedy's challenging "New Frontier."
Nonetheless, demonstrating that the contemporary GOP really is just the party of cranky white guys, GOP pols persist in hustling the myth. They think it's "cute"; they are congenitally oblivious to how oppressively smothering it must sound to virtually everyone except incurably cranky white guys.