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Syllabus for Republican “Sensitivity” Training

(Note:  This is satire.  Sort of.)

With last week’s news that Republicans are going to start holding seminars on how to talk with (and about) women, we at the Democratic National Committee were able to get our hands on a draft syllabus and reading list for the expanded sensitivity training sessions Republicans are going to be holding.

Syllabus for Republican “Sensitivity” Training

“Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn.” – Republican Aide to Politico

“Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be.” – Speaker Boehner

Dear fellow Republicans —

Welcome to GOP Sensitivity School, where our goal is to help you show your friendlier, more inclusive side!

DAY ONE

HOW TO TALK TO AND ABOUT WOMEN 101:

Reading List
Headline: “Bill Cassidy Staffer Tweets Mary Landrieu-Mussolini Picture” [POLITICO, 11/22/13]

Headline: “NRSC Tweets Sexualized Attack Against Alison Lundergan Grimes” [Huffington Post, 11/19/13]

DAY TWO

HOW TO CELEBRATE THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 101:

Reading List
Headline: “The G.O.P.’s Racism Tweet” [New York Times, 12/2/13]

Headline: RNC reflects on ‘ending racism’ [MSNBC.com, 12/2/13]

DAY THREE

HOW TO HONOR RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY & TOLERANCE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON 101

Reading List

Headline: “GOP Draws Fire For Selling 'Happy Holidays Is What Liberals Say' Merchandise” [Birmingham News, 12/4/13]

Pants on Fire: “Jeb Bush Says Obama Is Closing The Embassy To The Vatican” [Politifact, 12/4/13]

Headline: “GOP Group Attacks Obama As ‘Anti-Religion’ For Moving U.S. Embassy In Vatican” [Mediaite, 11/27/13]

Headline: “GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter: 'It Is Part Of The Middle Eastern Culture' To Lie (VIDEO)” [Huffington Post, 12/4/13]

Headline: “Pryor Gets Gop Flak Over Bible Ad” [Arkansas Online, 12/4/13]

Headline: “Republicans Had Better Get Comfortable With 'Happy Holidays'” [Business Insider, 12/2/13]


DAY FOUR

HOW TO OPEN OUR BIG TENT UP TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY 101

Reading List
Headline: “Rep. Randy Forbes: Deny Money To Gay Candidates” [POLITICO, 12/4/13]

Headline: “Boehner Sees ‘No Basis Or No Need’ For ENDA” [Washington Blade, 11/14/13]

DAY FIVE

PROVING WE’RE SERIOUS ABOUT LATINO OUTREACH 101

Reading List
Op-ed: “Gov. Christie Making Weak Excuses For Opposing The NJ DREAM Act” [PolitickerNJ, 12/5/13]

Headline: “No Immigration Reform Vote In The House This Year” [Washington Post, 11/8/13]

Headline: “McCarthy: No House Immigration Deal In '13” [The Hill, 11/8/13]

DAY SIX

HOW TO PUT A BAND-AID ON A MAJOR PROBLEM 101

Reading List
Headline: “GOP Men Tutored In Running Against Women” [POLITICO, 12/5/13]

Headline: “Boehner’s Rx For GOP’s Women Woes: Be More Sensitive” [ABC News, 12/5/13]

DAY SEVEN

LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES 101

Reading List

Headline: “No soul-searching for Virginia GOP after losses” [Politico, 12/8/13]

From the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza on the path forward for the GOP following their losses in Virginia: “But, no matter what, Republicans have a problem… But knowing it and knowing how to solve it are two very different things.” [Washington Post, 12/8/13]