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Does Rand Paul have a woman problem?

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Does Rand Paul have a woman problem?

David Corn of Mother Jones thinks so, but why?

Because Paul -- who has been reviving the Monica Lewinsky scandal to attack Democrats on women's issues -- didn't vote for the Violence Against Women Act or the Paycheck Fairness Act.

“His voting record on what might be called women's issues shows he's motivated more by libertarian ideology than concern for women contending with abuse or pay inequity,” Corn said.

Corn even included why Paul didn’t vote for those bills, which were clearly less “anti-woman” and more “they’re bad bills.”

“He was one of 22 Republican (and male) senators who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act last year, noting that he believed that programs to counter domestic violence should be funded only at the state level,” Corn said.

And Paul didn't vote for the PFA because, as Corn noted, the Kentucky Republican was reminded of “efforts made by the Politburo in the days of the Soviet Union to control the price of bread.”

The PFA also made it easier to sue employers for supposed pay discrimination, but even a Washington Post editorial criticized the bill.

Does the Washington Post also have a woman problem?

Just because Paul voted against these bills does not mean that he is for the problem they seek to fix. That’s a common Washington trick — give the bill a name that is impossible to vote against, and then claim opponents are for the problem.

And that's not even mentioning the fact that the Democrats who pushed the paycheck bill were trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

Paul didn’t vote for the Violence Against Women Act? He must be for violence against women!

Paul didn’t vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act? He must be for unequal pay!

No, what's really happening here is the Left wanting to derail an effective political meme before it has a chance to go viral.

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