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Jon Stewart reminded viewers tonight that last week’s election was a bad one for the GOP, particularly among minority groups. But what interested Stewart was the big gap between married women, who overwhelmingly supported Mitt Romney, and single women, who overwhelmingly went for President Obama. Stewart brought on women’s issues correspondent Kristen Schaal to explain the logic behind this and offer the GOP some advice for how to win single women.
Stewart threw out a challenge to see who could spin the news in “the most positive light you can.” The main consensus among Fox News pundits, at least, is that married women are more concerned about their future and their children’s future.
But what of single women voting overwhelmingly for Obama? Well, the faces of Fox chalked that up to abortion and wanting free birth control.
Stewart was then joined at the desk by Schaal, who helped explain how women made up their minds in the election. Schaal went out of her way to highlight her recent marriage, and while Stewart thought she looked like the same person, he couldn’t have been more wrong.
Schaal explained that the second she tied the knot, she felt an explosion of “concern for America’s future” inside of her, as opposed to single women, who “vote with their vaginas.” Schaal explained that “all vaginas have a sacred, almost mystical function”: attracting husbands, and married women don’t use them anymore unless they happen to run into a four-star general.
Schaal gave the GOP some advice about how to reach out to single women: use sexual metaphors to describe every single one of their policies.
Watch the video below, courtesy of Comedy Central:
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is not shying away from giving the Republican party advice on its messaging following its big election loss last week. Yesterday he said the party needs to stop peddling “dumbed-down conservatism,” and today he strongly rebutted Mitt Romney‘s claim that President Obama won reelection because of the “gifts” he gave to key voter demographics. Jindal said that comments like Romney’s divide Americans and are the kind of thing the GOP needs to stop saying if they want to win over more voters.
Romney said that Obama promising benefits like health care and amnesty for illegal immigrants helped him win reelection. Jindal said he “absolutely reject[s]” what Romney said, and that he wants the Republican party to work for everyone’s vote by explaining how their policies benefit people who want to make it in America.
One, we have got to stop dividing American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent — we need to go after every single vote. And second, we need to continue to show that our policies help every voter out there achieve the American dream, which is to be in the middle class, which is to be able to give their children the opportunity to get a great education, which is for their children to have even better-paying jobs than their parents.
Jindal warned that for the Republican party to stay “competitive” in future elections, it has to show the electorate it is working to win every person’s vote, and not disparage different groups of Americans.
Bill Maher ended his show tonight with a New Rule pleading with minority voters not to start resenting all white people for supporting white candidates. He reassured them that “he’s one of the good ones” and went down a whole laundry list, mocking everything that white America holds dear, from white politicians and ultimate frisbee to UGG boots and Fox News.
Maher opened by having some fun with Fox News for only being able to track down one suspicious-looking possible Black Panther as evidence of voter suppression, down from two such people four years ago. He said he would “never try to convince Fox News that black people aren’t scary,” and told the network, “the only thing being suppressed is laughter.” He said that their narrative over the entire election has been “white people losing their power,” but they suffer from the same problem currently plaguing the Beach Boys–”their fans are dying.”
Maher observed the growing power of minorities in the United States, and sarcastically expressed his outrage over the stereotype that white people will only vote for white people. He pointed out that only 39 percent of white voters supported Obama on Tuesday, but voting for white politicians, “like most things white people do, [is] going out of style.”
Maher touted all the amazing gifts white people have given to the world, including Cirque de Soleil, ultimate frisbee, turkey burgers, and golf ball washers. And he noted the only time Obama ever won the white vote in his entire political career was when his opponent was another black man (Alan Keyes).
All in all, Maher said this was “one step forward, two steps back, or as [white people] call it, dancing.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of HBO: