Hard to imagine a male politician saying this and surviving it, but perhaps Renee Ellmers knows her red district in North Carolina will cut her some slack. Benen called her comment:
Again, if Ellmers really did say this, it’s an extraordinary example of a Republican saying something that’s factually wrong, offensive, tone-deaf, and politically idiotic, all at the same time.
via Steve Benen at Maddow Blog
Late last week, however, a number of conservative women lawmakers, mostly members of the Republican Study Committee, got together to discuss GOP “messaging” when it comes to outreach to women voters. According to the Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow, Ellmers was one of the featured guests, though the congresswoman’s remarks were hard to believe.
“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.” […]
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.