GOP Congresswoman Refudiates Own Advice That Men Need to Dumb Down Message for Women

Two days ago, I saw Emily Zanotti’s article about U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (D-NC) advising men to stop using pie graphs and fancy charts on the floor of the U.S. Congress because they’re just too complicated for women who are balancing so much else in their lives. I enjoyed the banter with Em, Erica Holloway and others – nearly all conservatives or libertarians mind you – who really had trouble with Ellmers’ characterization. However, I had no interest in writing about it separately. Em took it on, she and others felt as I would have had they not brought it to my attention and I loved the common ground we found. Yeah, female solidarity.

But wait, there’s more.

Yesterday, Congresswoman Ellmers namecalled the Washington Examiner reporter who attended last week’s event at which Ellmers offered the suggestions. It was a panel put on by the Republican Study Committee that likely was part of the GOP’s day and a half female-centric Taking Back the Future Summit. In a statement issued by Ellmers, she refers to the reporter as a “leftist writer” who is engaging in “gotcha journalism,” has a “predetermined agenda to attack Republicans” and finally suggests that she must be a “…liberal woman reporter attacking the event and taking it to a dark place that does not exist?”

Who is this notorious radical? Ashe Schow. Her LinkedIn profile indicates that she worked previously for the conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation. She appears to be the only reporter who had a ticket for and attended the event.

So sneaky is she: In response to Ellmers’ attack on her original piece about the remarks, Schow has posted both the audio and a transcript of what Ellmers’ said. You can decide for yourself whether Ellmers’ admonitions against graphic displays of information were taken out of context and just how activist Schow is.

In the meantime, here is the passage from Schow’s original opinion piece that’s got Ellmers more befuddled than a box of Fiddle Faddle:

“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.)

And yeah, I wrote refudiate on purpose.

And also? Score another one for taking back the future meaning to take the future backwards.