Sunday, December 2, 2012

House GOP Appoints Token Woman Committee Chair

There was a time, perhaps 60 or more years ago, at which the Democratic Party was the party of tokenism, mostly racial in nature. Now the GOP is that party, but it's more: it is also the party of gender tokenism. About a week after John Boehner announced the appointment of 19 white male congressmen to 19 House committee chair posts, pressure from Democrats and Republicans alike has finally resulted in an appointment of a woman... Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)... to chair the House administration committee, as TPM's Evan McMorris-Santoro tells us.

Rep Miller: how do your like your position as the GOP's token woman chairperson?

One thing a woman can be confident of in the GOP: she is secure in her role, and can depend on being reminded of her place if she should ever forget it. Certainty may not always be a good thing...

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