The Corner

Women of the Minority

To senators who consider Jeff Sessions the right choice for chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee but who may also worry, “But we need a woman in the Republican leadership”: Don’t insult women by settling. Kay Bailey Hutchison is a fine woman and senator. But she’s not the most conservative policy person and spokesperson you can put forward.

And also: If you’re going to consider the woman factor — which, though PC, is reality, especially with a female Speaker on the Democratic side — consider the whole message you’re sending, depending on who she is.

It would be no small thing, in my humble opinion, for the GOP to choose as the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress a gal who gives off mod vibes on abortion. Right or wrong, for better or for worse, a woman’s position on abortion often carries more weight, especially in the political arena (but really any arena), than a man’s.

If I were a pro-life Republican in Congress, I’d want Marsha Blackburn to be the highest-ranking Republican woman (as House Republican Conference chair) in Congress. I’ll take Blackburn’s 100% National Right to Life Committee ranking to Kay Bailey Hutchison’s 75% any day.

It’s but one issue, but if it’s an important one for the party, this is no small thing.