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The Year of the Conservative Woman

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Posted on June 11 2010 4:17 pm
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by Bruce Walker

Pundits have already picked up on the theme of the June 8 primary: Female candidates made some remarkable gains. The next senator elected in California, for example, will be a woman. The talk sounds like November 1992, when political articles touted five victories of female candidates in Senate races in California (two races), Illinois, Washington, and Maryland. This was proclaimed the “Year of the Woman.”

But 1992 was actually just the “Year of the Democrat Woman.” All five women who won were leftist Democrats. Democrat women have not doing so well at all eighteen years later. Senator Blanche Lincoln celebrated squeaking by a leftist Halter in very conservative Arkansas, with nearly everyone predicting she will lose her seat in November. Patty Murray and Barbara Boxer, three-term incumbents from very blue states, both face very tough races against Republican candidates in five months. Or consider the biggest electoral story so far in 2010: the astonishing victory of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, in which he defeated her, Ms. Marcia Coakley, the sitting Attorney General of this bluest of all states.

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