Renee Ellmers: The gift that keeps on giving

Renee EllmersShe can melt down on national radio.  She can scream at her constituents.  She can ignore and avoid a good chunk of her district.  But, somehow — despite violating all of the basic rules of politics and elected office —  Renee Ellmers keeps getting back to DC.  By the time the dust settles in November, Clay Aiken may be feeling a lot like Mike Dukakis (played by John Lovitz) in this classic SNL skit. 

Ol’ Renee has made a big deal out of leading the fight to make the GOP more female-friendly.  She’s told us how MEN have screwed up everything in this country.  Miss Harnett County has positioned herself as being all about ‘girl power.’  And then she opens her mouth and says something like this: 

[…] Then came the bashing of both genders, courtesy of Ellmers.

“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.

First she’s saying that men (perhaps only Republican men) don’t know how to connect with people. Second, she’s saying people are too stupid to understand pie charts.

Ellmers then said that women mainly want more time in their lives (don’t men as well?) and the first example she gave was that women wanted “more time in the morning to get ready.”

As for connecting to women specifically, Ellmers drove it home with a line that, had there been liberals in the audience, would have made the news.

“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go,” Ellmers said. (Emphasis added.) […]

ca1Ellmers’ response to this has been to bash the writer of the linked article as a “liberal reporter” who took her out of context.  Oh-Kay. For the record, The Washington Examiner is a conservative daily newspaper based in our nation’s capital.  Ms. Schow, the reporter in question, is a former employee of The Heritage Foundation AND The Republican Party back in her home state.  Yep.  That screams “liberal.”   

Renee tried a similar tactic on radio host Laura Ingraham after her disastrous appearance on Ingraham’s show.  Ingraham still has her job, but — unfortunately — so does Renee.

The Examiner’s Ms. Schow, in response to Renee’s broadside, has uploaded audio of Ellmers’ remarks AND a full transcript to the Examiner’s web site.   Some of my fellow righties in the Second District have been moaning about how embarrassing it would be to be represented in Congress by an American Idol contestant.  Really?  More embarrassing than THIS ????