Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Women roaring...

Gender loyalty makes female Republicans vote more like Democrats? Kay mentioned favorably by a feminist blog (link). Excerpt...
All four Republican women crossed party lines and voted in favor of the amendment: Susan Collins (R-ME), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

Five male Republican Senators also voted in favor of the amendment which is in sharp contrast with the 30 Republican men who voted against this amendment, including former presidential candidate, John McCain.

So let’s get this straight: 100% of our Republican Women Senators voted in support of an anti-rape amendment and only 5 out of 35 Republican male Senators voted in support of the Amendment.

Still think gender doesn’t matter?

This is not the first time Republican women have crossed party lines to vote in favor of policies that benefit women.

In January of 2009 the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was passed, giving women the right to sue, without unfair time limits, in the face of discriminatory lower pay. All four of our Republican women Senators voted in favor of the Act while only one male Republican Senator voted in favor. Without the support of our female Republican Senators, the Ledbetter Act would not have passed.

Kay does have a tendency to vote against the Republican Party on certain issues. The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a good example. The Al Franken bill was another... children's health insurance is another where Kay votes more like a "woman" and less like a Republican. The most famous one was when Kay voted for the senate resolution saying Roe v. Wade had been correctly decided.

Kay herself has said that being a woman makes a big difference in politics. Karen Hughes can vouch for that (link)...

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