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Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Media, Politics, Satire, Women | 9 comments

Is New Republican Robot Paul Ryan in Drag?

GOP white coats are thisclose to getting it right. Previous prototypes like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann blew up after leaving the launching pad, but Cathy McMorris Rodgers is in orbit as their new Matron of the Year, full of empty catch phrases with no content whatsoever but friction-free.

Only SNL or the Daily Show would be mean enough to parody a nice farm girl, first in her family to attend college, who worked at a fruit stand and McDonald’s in her teens but has been, like fellow Congressman Paul Ryan, only on the government payroll since graduating.

Her constituents, as Timothy Egan points out in the New York Times, had an “unemployment rate 30 percent above the national average last year. One in six people live below the poverty level. One in five is on food stamps. And the leading employer is government, providing 3,023 of the 9,580 nonfarm payroll jobs last year.”

Yet in Rep. Rodgers’ cozy view, government is the enemy, as she opposes Obamacare, raising the minimum wage and extending jobless benefits in a Republican “year of real action–by empowering people–not making their lives harder.”

How? The Matron of the Year sayeth not, but statistics show her constituents signing up for that dreaded health coverage at a brisk rate in a state that, before her emergence, had raised the minimum wage to the highest in the country at $9.32 an hour (close to the $10.10 Democrats are seeking nationally) and has since shown job growth above the national average.

But with her wholesome good looks and soporific manner, this year’s GOP Matron of the Year has no rough edges like Sarah Palin, who is still taking cheap shots at Bush I’s token woman Peggy Noonan.

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  • JSpencer

    I’m sure the GOP has great hopes for their new “matron of the year”, but even if her edges are less jarring than those of her predecessors, she demonstrates the same immunity to learning. The GOP still seems to imagine their problems are cosmetic rather than systemic – which might actually be funny if they didn’t wield any power.

  • slamfu

    That she is put forward is just another example of the GOP not getting it. As JSpencer noted, its just cosmetic. We have issues with women voters? Lets get a woman out there. If we have one of those spewing our talking points I’m sure its going to get better traction, because those weak willed liberals just need to hear it from a woman or minority, that’s all.

    How do these guys get in power at all? Speaks to a severe problem with the electorate if you ask me.

  • The_Ohioan

    So Ms. Rodgers is a Representative of the State of Washington;

    a state that, before her emergence, had raised the minimum wage to the highest in the country at $9.32

    and yet that state has

    unemployment rate 30 percent above the national average

    What gives? Is the higher minimum wage the reason for higher unemployment? There are those who would make that argument.

  • JSpencer

    Ohio, not sure about that 30% figure. The unemployment rate for Washington appears to be the same as the national average.

    http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/unemployment-rate-washington-lowest-more-5-years

  • roro80

    The 30% is among her constituents. She does not represent the entire state.

  • JSpencer

    Of course her stance against raising the minimum wage is consistent with the ideology she is a part of. This includes ignoring things like dignity and fairness for working people.

  • sheknows

    Same message, different messenger.

    Republicans don’t really have a large selection of intelligent individuals from which to choose to be their spokesperson.

  • The_Ohioan

    Thanks roro. That’s what happens when you tamper with the text. 🙂 But the principle still applies; higher minimum wage, no less unemployment. I’m sure there’s a reason(s) – Boeing, for one.

  • JSpencer

    Republicans don’t really have a large selection of intelligent individuals from which to choose to be their spokesperson.

    True, but all they really have to do is fake it well enough to fool the low information voters – which as we’ve seen can be an effective strategy.

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