The Daily Show recently poked fun at the Republican Party's efforts to draw female voters for the Nov. 4 midterm elections by using parodies of The Bachelor and Obamacare commercials, gender stereotypes and a sexually explicit meme and also making a big ol' mess.
In a parody video titled "Democalypse 2014 - Winning the Lady Vote," the show's Senior Women's Issues Correspondent and comedienne Kristen Schaal, also known for roles on 30 Rock and Flight of the Conchords, states that "Republicans have finally figured out what's most important to women."
"Menfolk! Women don't see candidates as potential leaders!" she said in the segment, which aired on Wednesday. "We see them as possible soul mates."
According to results of a YouGov poll published on Sept. 29, if the election were held today, about 48 percent of female voters would choose a Democratic candidate, while 30 percent would pick a Republican one. The survey also found that Democrats were especially popular with unmarried women, showing that 52 percent of them would vote for a candidate from the party.
During the Daily Show parody, a Mozilla Firefox window showing a clip spoofing The Bachelor is displayed, as is a mock dating website commercial, which pokes fun at the president's Affordable Care Act, a health care reform plan dubbed Obamacare, which took effect this year amid a myriad of technical issues involving . It shows a women lamenting about a troubled relationship.
"Let it out, girl, let it out!" Schaal said, eating out of a pint of ice cream. "We have all been there!"
The women in the mock ad says the man she's seeing is "spying" on her while "ignoring real threats and "thinks the only thing I care about is free birth control, but he won't even let me keep my own doctor."
One of the changes in Obama's health care reform plan states that most health insurance plans, including those employers offer their workers, must cover most types of birth control for free.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that owners of private companies can refuse to implement this based on religious grounds, following objections by several companies, including arts and crafts mega-store Hobby Lobby, which is owned by an evangelical Christian family. In August, the White House issued an exception that would allow workers of such companies to obtain the coverage from their insurer directly.
"We gave Obama our hearts and all are got in return is this free birth control?" Schaal asked, whipping out a bowl of hundreds of fake pills resembling Tic Tacs (each mint at least 60 percent larger than a typical oral contraceptive), popping them into her mouth and dumping them all over host Jon Stewart's glass table in front of him.
Schaal stated that Republicans have designed an ad likening meeting a perfect political candidate to finding the perfect wedding dress.
The College Republican National Committee was the group that posted a gubernatorial campaign ads that spoof the hit reality show Say Yes to the Dress.
Schaal also appeared in a mock Republican ad "targeting men in the exact same insulting way," standing on a bar set and donning a plaid jacket, baseball cap worn backwards and fake mustache.
"You know the saying," she said, quoting a popular, sexually explicit meme that surfaced earlier this year, and later grabbing her crotch.