I may vote against women, but at least I hire a lot of them

Interesting piece in the NYT about how Mitch McConnell is trying to address head-on potential problems with women voters (e.g., voting against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Violence Against Women Act) in his Senate re-election race against a young, female challenger.  What I found so amusing is how totally devoid of policy his defense it.  It all seems to boil down to, well, hey, I surround myself with strong women (so what does it matter if I vote against their best interests).  E.g.,

Mr. McConnell’s aides see the situation differently. They not only say that they are eager to defend his record on votes like the one against the Violence Against Women Act — asserting that he supported an even stronger alternative [ed.  riiiiiight] — but also say that a full accounting of his time in Washington will show that he is the candidate who best represents both the men and women of Kentucky.

They say it is impossible to tell the story of Mr. McConnell without talking about the accomplished, powerful women who have always been integral to his life, including his mother, who devoted herself to helping a young Mitch overcome his polio diagnosis; Ms. Chao; and many of his top female staff members.

Pathetic.  It’s practically like saying, I’m not racist, I’ve got lots of Black friends.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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