It’s been a banner week for Republicans courting the female vote.
First, we were told that Dianne Feinstein was too emotional to discuss the CIA and torture.
Then there was this:
— Kathie Obradovich (@KObradovich) April 9, 2014
Then we watch the mostly male Senate Republicans completely cockblock the Paycheck Fairness Act, causing Barbara Mikulski to basically go nuclear on the floor of the Senate:
Oh, and then this:
An adviser to Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for Texas governor, said this week that he had found no “evidence” to prove that any woman had been a “significant original thinker in any of the world’s great philosophical traditions.”
In audio obtained by the Burnt Orange Report, American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray can be heard explaining to an audience at the University of Texas that his views on women had not changed since a 2005 paper, in which he asserted that one or “maybe” two women had played significant roles in the field of philosophy.
When a woman at the event on Tuesday asked Murray if he still believed what he wrote, Murray quipped, “Who do you have in mind?”
Murray argued that in “certain traditions” like literature, women had been at the “peak of accomplishment.” But he said that he could only recall one important female philosopher, “and she was not a significant thinker in the estimation of historians of philosophy.”
“So, yeah, I still stick with that,” he insisted. “Until somebody gives me evidence to the contrary, I’ll stick with that statement.”
Well played, gentlemen. Well played.