Twenty female Senators were sworn in today and the usual suspects made some unusually asinine remarks about their male counterparts.
“What I find is with all due deference to our male colleagues, that women’s styles tend to be more collaborative,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said by nature women are “less confrontational.” Sen-elect Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, says that women are “problem solvers.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says that women have a camaraderie which helps in relationships that are key to negotiations on Capitol Hill, something she says comes natural to women more than men.
“I think there’s just a lot of collaboration between the women senators and… advice and really standing up for each other that you don’t always see with the men,” she said.
Feinstein said that women are more effective working in Congress because of these traits that they bring to the table.
“We’re less on testosterone,” Feinstein said. “We don’t have that need to always be confrontational. And I think we’re problem solvers, and I think that’s what this country needs.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, agreed.
“Maybe it is the testosterone that you speak to, Dianne, or the ego that is attached there. But I look at what I have been asked to do by the people of Alaska, and it’s pretty serious stuff. And it’s not the title, but it’s the responsibility that comes with the service that I think makes a difference,” Murkowski said.
In the combative halls of Congress, McCaskill argued that for all these reasons women can get beyond “team mentality” of Democrats vs. Republicans and work towards a better goal.
“Having us in the room… not only do we want to work in a bipartisan way, we do it,” McCaskill said. “We actually work together, Republicans and Democrats, and women- try to look at solving the problem rather than just going political points.”
This offends the hell out of me. No wonder I prefer the company of men.
TERM LIMITS, people! Kick these harpies to the curb!