Beware people who begin the arguments with the word "actually" because, more often than not, they're about to lay down a thick layer of nasally, affected condescension. At least, that's what happens in this clip from a Meet the Press confrontation between fact-marshalling Rachel Maddow and obfuscating GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, who incorrectly believed he could smarm and squirm his way past Maddow in arguing that, actually, women don't make only 77 cents on the dollar compared to what men make. I say "confrontation" rather than "debate" because Castellanos is full of shit and Maddow says as much by swiveling her head so sharply when he contradicts her litany of persistent inequalities that it seems she's in danger of losing it. Her head, I mean, not the confrontation, for which Castellanos, as plodding as Snuffleupagus with his words, was ill-prepared.
I like the fact that he claims if women *did* make less than men, businesses would only hire women. 1) This is actually a fear of some in the GOP (Wisconsin's stellar Glen Grothmann as exhibit A) and 2) It's an argument predicated on business owners being 100% rational and completely unswayed by personal prejudices or outside influences. (This cult of rationality is a centerpiece of conservative ideology, but only white men are allowed to be seen as 100% rational— everyone else is swayed by their own issues of gender and race.)