Assigned Reading: The GOP’s Women Problem
Ohmigosh, if the GOP becomes a political vehicle for conservatism, right-thinking women who would otherwise have a bright political future will instead be rendered barefoot baby-making machines, destined for a life of dishwashing and pants-pressing, because there’s no room in the conservative boys’ club for the ladies.
Oh, please. Save it.
When I saw the headline for the Politico piece, part of me wondered if it was going to be another story about long walks on the proverbial Appalachian Trail. Instead, Meredith Shiner and Glenn Thrush at Politico are suggesting that the rightward tack of the GOP is leaving moderate women out of the loop, causing a gender gap of sorts in the formerly Grand Ole’ Party.
I beg to differ. When I look at conservative women inside and outside of the halls of Capitol Hill, I see something completely different. On the hill, there are women like Michele Bachmann and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Cynthia Lummis. Outside the beltway but certainly entrenched in politics I see women like Sarah Palin and Elizabeth Dole. On television, on the Internet and otherwise involved in the debate you’ll find brilliant women like Liz Cheney, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Dana Perino, S.E. Cupp, Andrea Tantaros, Amanda Carpenter, Laura Ingraham, Pamela Geller and so many, many more.
Furthermore, we’re beginning to see groups of conservative women like those at Smart Girl Politics and As A Mom pop up thanks to the age and rise of New Media. So, when the folks at Politico suggest that “the events of the last week offer harbingers of serious trouble ahead with the largest swing voter bloc in the country — women,” please do me and conservative women from coast to coast a favor and dismiss it as another mindless attempt to fracture a party which is growing stronger and more conservative with each passing day.
What folks on the left and in the left’s press never seem to understand is that those of us on the American political right don’t look at things and at people in terms of race, religion, gender, or any other superficial matter or classification. If you’re talented, you’re talented. If you’re principled, you’re principled. It’s the left which is obsessed with race. It’s the left which is encumbered by political correctness, and in turn burdens us all. On the right, you succeed or fail on your merits, plain and simple.
That’s all. Next week, perhaps the story from Shiner and Thrush will detail how conservatism is especially bad for those people with dander allergies.