Hoping to remind women who is at least nominally on our side, the White House will issue a report about its own efforts on equal pay. But why talk about substance when we could just talk about Mean Girls?
By any standard, it's been a spectacularly vapid political season, where in several races politicians have saved cable news some work in dumbing things down, even as there's plenty at stake. And women politicians have exemplified a sort of split between at-times-uninspiring-but-qualified pols who are struggling for their political lives — including Senators Boxer and Murray out West, who will get President Obama campaigning for them — and the opportunistic right-wing gadflies cheerfully sucking up all the oxygen.
Of course, some people have been vapid for a very, very long time. Here is Maureen Dowd, a woman who has the experience to know better but doesn't, limiting her analysis of the crop of right wing women to the following:
We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.
We agree that Brewer, Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Michele Bachmann, and Sarah Palin (though we're not sure we agree that Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman belong in that cadre) represent at the very best a slim advance for women, one where the willingness to blithely spout Tea Party and Christian-conservative talking points and tell opponents to man up is a stand-in for actual policy understanding, let alone solutions. But clearly the most important thing to say is that it reminds Maureen Dowd of high school! Did you see that Tina Fey movie?