All 22 votes against were Republican men.
I don't give a shit about their excuses, that they don't believe LGBTs deserve to have a life, that they don't believe a white man should be prosecuted by a Native American court for offenses within the reservation. (The second is the reasoning Eric Cantor will use to kill it in the House. His statement is not nearly as opaque as he thinks it is.
"We want to protect the women who are subject to abuse on tribal lands, and unfortunately there are issues that don't directly bear on that that have come up, that have complicated it, as the gentleman knows," Cantor said. "But in working with his office as well as the vice president's, I hope to be able to deal with this and bring it up in a expeditious manner."So, boss, you're in the leadership. Ummm, lead?)
No matter what excuse they use, it's the same result. Blood, death, rape.
Marco Rubio, proclaimed Savior Of Teh Inbred, the new hip face of the GOP, women want to be him, men want to be with him, voted against it. Outreach for the win.
The GOP had as it's honored guest at the State Of The Union one Mr. Ted Nugent. Adored by the teabagging masses who watch him in his camouflage suit with patriotic guitar on the way to a canned hunt, a famous story about him is his dodging the draft by pooping his pants. Snopes determined that his story on that draft notice has taken a few twisted turns, but the available record shows both that he got a student deferment and failed the physical to the point that he could only be called up in case of emergency. So, he's definitely a liar, and either a coward for dodging the draft by pooping his pants, or so desperate to inflate his own legend that he lied about pooping his pants because it carried greater street cred? (don't ask me to psychoanalyze this jackass) than getting a student deferment.
All of the previous paragraph has nothing to do with the VAWA, I just like to remind Bo and Luke and Giblet and Cletus. What does have to do with the VAWA is another little Nug-get, lesser known. The flag carrier for the radical right, Mr. Teabag himself, is at best a complete cobag, at worst a sexual predator.
In 1978, Nugent began a relationship with seventeen-year-old Hawaii native Pele Massa. Due to the age difference they could not marry so Nugent joined Massa's parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian, an arrangement that Spin magazine ranked in October 2000 as #63 on their list of the "100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock".Nugey was 30. Stay classy, boss. Forgive me if I don't find the phrase "War On Women" to be especially over-the-top.
Please read the deep analysis by Rebecca Solnit at Tomdispatch. Long read, and infuriating, but thorough, and unbelievably infuriating.