Isn’t this a bit sexist? Can you imagine if a man had said “we need more men in Congress”?
Patty Murray: If debt panel had more women, it may have succeeded
The News Tribune: Sen. Patty Murray says that if Congress had more women, there might be a plan in place to deal with the nation’s $15 trillion debt. While the supercommittee that she helped lead failed last month in its bid to offer a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction plan, Murray says “it may have come out very differently” if she hadn’t been the only woman on the 12-member panel.
With at least 11 female candidates, it promises to be a record year for the party. Women would comprise a third of the party’s candidates. “It is going to be an historic year,” said Murray, a 61-year-old fourth-term senator.
Now, as the first woman to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and one of her party’s power brokers, Murray said voters will have a prime chance next year “of really changing the dynamics” of Congress, which suffers from abysmal ratings.
“We need diversity in the Senate, and we need people who come to the job who really want to make a difference for their country,” she said. “And when I look out across the country, I see women who understand that.”
Beginning in August, Murray had to juggle her DSCC role with her job as co-chairwoman of Congress’ so-called supercommittee, which disbanded Nov. 21. She said in an interview that the special panel could have benefited from more women, “who I think really understand compromise and getting things done.”
“You want the practical answer to why we would get things done?” she asked. “Because we are multi-taskers: We have to pick up the kids and get dinner and, you know, help with the homework and get things done, and we don’t mess around. And so we come into politics the same way: We have a task, it’s hard, but we make decisions, and we get things done.”
Excuse me? Men don’t pick up the kids, get dinner or help with homework? They don’t make decisions? They aren’t multi-taskers? How more insulting could she be?
Murray’s record in DC? She spends like a drunken sailor and never met a pork project she didn’t like. I don’t care if we have men, women or elves in DC. Just cut the spending already!