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Monday, October 4, 2010

The year of the man

Posted By on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 7:39 AM

Alice Stewart, formerly Gov. Mike Huckabee's press aide, now handles publicity for the state Republican Party. She happily circulates today yet another article, this one from USA Today, anticipating doom for Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

For once, I agree that it's an article worth repeating. Because it's an article about how the presumed Tea Party-driven gains of the Republican Party likely will mean the first drop in women in Congress in years. More Democrats are women. More seem to be at risk from the get-off-my-lawn old white geezers who are the shock troops for Koch and Murdoch in this year's election.

You'd think some women might get mad about "the year of the setback."

Bottom line: Independent analysts predict that the number of women in Congress — currently 56 Democrats and 17 Republicans in the House, and 13 Democrats and four Republicans in the Senate — will decline for the first time in three decades. The drop would come two years after a string of breakthroughs, when Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman to vie seriously for the Democratic presidential nod, Sarah Palin the first woman nominated for national office by the GOP and Democrat Nancy Pelosi the first woman elected speaker of the House.

Some voters are dismayed.

"I want women in office," frets Betty Smith, 70, of Kirby, Ark., third vice president of the Arkansas Federation of Democratic Women and a Lincoln supporter.

Not that the Republicans are bereft of women. For example, there's Linda McMahon, the Republican wrestling promoter from Connecticut whose memorable promotions include a joint entertainment with Girls Gone Wild.

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