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Why are the Republicans' nuttiest women the most prominent in national politics and media?

Have we discussed this before? I'm trying to think of the last Republican women to have gained any prominence on a national basis before Palin and the only three I can come up with are Elizabeth Dole, Sandra Day O'Connor, and possibly Kay Bailey Hutchinson. But all of these women are retired. Why are the newer offerings that have gained national clout or recognition so woefully inadequate constitutionally (Bachmann for her lunacy) or intellectually? Palin and Bachmann are it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't think of anyone else. On the media end Malkin, Ingraham, and Coulter seem to garner the most attention, despite embodying so many qualities that are thought of as unattractive in women. Loud, bellicose, confrontational, and insulting to others (am I missing something?). Or do these qualities draw the attention and simultaneously reinforce conservative men's stereotypes of women with opinions as harridans? Except they can agree with them on the occasions they watch.


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