hey, sometimes I’m kind of bored…

On Liz Cheney’s decision to run for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming:

“it’ll be portrayed as… a housewife who’s kind of bored who moved back to Wyoming after a long time to run for the Senate.”

GOP Strategist Rollins Calls Liz Cheney ‘A Housewife Who’s Kind Of Bored’ | TPM LiveWire.

Wow.

Juan Williams, back in 2012, said Ann Romney was a “corporate wife” whose “husband takes care of her.” He later said that his intent was to say something to the effect that she’s pretty wealthy, and it rang hollow for her to try to empathize with those who have little to no money. Kind of like um… Mitt Romney.

And the voters of Wyoming will see, per Ed Rollins, Liz Cheney as a bored housewife, (innocuous?) rather than the ubiquitous media presence who consistently spews reactionary, wrong-headed platitudes that are supposed to sound substantive because of the weight of her last name.

Maybe soon Ed Rollins will say that his intent was to say, “she’s pretty far to the right, making her father look moderate and the Wyoming senate incumbent look liberal. Not so sure this is a good strategy.” Kind of like um… the strategy that Mitt Romney tried. Political extremism tends to boost a person in the short-term and hurt them in the long-term.

But I guess it’s a lot easier to talk about a woman’s marital status.

Better that than what they actually represent, married or not.

11 thoughts on “hey, sometimes I’m kind of bored…

  1. I’m fairly conservative and often agree with Liz Cheney, but believe that this illustrates two political things unrelated to her, one important and one not. The important thing is that the Republicans, unlike the the Democrats, lack discipline when it comes to intra-party disputes. Recall how, when Hillary ran for Senate in New York, the party cleared the decks of all challengers and how the party recently elbowed Naomi Judd out of running in the Kentucky Senate primary. Whether this is relatively good or bad is not clear to me. The unimportant things that it illustrates is that Ed Rollins still suffers from foot-in-the mouth disease.

    And you’re right that it’s still convenient to talk about a woman’s marital status, not her opinions. Very sad.

    1. Exactly. There are plenty of issues to discuss, plenty of aspects of a person’s views and plans that would illuminate whether or not their candidacy advances the interests of their constituency. I’m not in agreement with most of Liz Cheney’s pronouncements, but I would never describe her as “bored.” “Housewife” has such a dismissive, condescending ring to it in the mouths of way too many. Many who happen to be men, who may even happen to enjoy having a wife… including Rollins. Hope his wife never decides to leave the workforce (she used to be a CBS executive, now she’s in real estate… ).

      1. Totally agree. “Bored housewife” (and her counterpart, “Lazy househusband”) are ridiculous stereotypes that we should all be beyond now. How many people with jobs are “bored” or “lazy?” Lots and lots.

        Plus, being known principally by marital status. Like you, I’ve made decisions that bring that into play a lot. Sometimes it really stings.

  2. It does sting, sometimes. I met somebody recently, a young man working retail, who asked me, “Do you work?” I figured he was asking in order to understand my (his customer’s) needs/wants a little better, in order to sell more effectively. I said, “I work at home, raising two kids.” He said, “That’s work that never stops!” I agreed, saying, “Yeah, I need a raise.” He laughed. I think he’ll remember our exchange–my attempt at a slow-to-spread viral marketing campaign: at-home parents are severely undervalued in our culture.

    1. Well, we are valuable, except that the culture does many things to diminish what we do. I’ve even fallen into the trap. Because I’m a man, I’m never asked, “Do you work?” It’s always “What’s your job?” or some variation of that. I often respond, “I don’t work, I stay home with the kids while my wife works,” or something like that. I’m going to change my response and join your marketing campaign. Ironically, my wife is much better about this than I am; when she’s talking about me, she always gives an answer much like yours (although I don’t know what she says when I’m not around).

      1. I can promise you, when you’re not around, she brags about you and expresses gratitude that would make you blush. (I learned that about my husband recently–had no idea how he spoke of me until I spent some time at a wedding with his long-time friends.)

  3. Wow, I certainly hope so. That must have made you feel great. It’s funny, I feel that way about her. She works so hard and worries so much, supporting us financially and in other ways. I trust her 100%, she trusts me, and our life together is very exciting. Even if it seems a bit mundane!

  4. I think our ideas of what comprises “work” are shifting to accommodate those who contribute in a way that is not the traditional employment model. I don’t have kids, but I write from home and I like to think this means I work. My household has been selected to do one of those Neilson’s TV ratings. It asks how many hours a week each member of my household works. Honestly, the questioned seemed too vague to answer for me or my husband. Do they mean away from the house? Do they mean work for which a person is paid? How do they count what comprises work? Aren’t all of us almost always working in some capacity (save those few leisure moments)?

    1. Maybe it’s bad form to reply twice in a row, but I think it’s OK to say in this blog that one of the unique aspects of our marriage (but consistent with Carol having the outside job and me having the at home job) is that when we married I took Carol’s last name. It didn’t make any sense for her to take mine, as she’s already established somewhat and both of us had a preference for the whole family to have the same last name. So . . . . with some foreboding, I became Mark Tyler.

    2. Maybe for the purposes of Nielsen, by asking how many hours per week are worked, they’re trying to figure out how many hours you would not have available for leisure — or television.

  5. I’m not 100% sure, but my guess is that they meant how many hours did you work for pay? That’s the bias here.

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