Conservative Catfight Knocks Women Down

GOP female pundits attempt fight over party's future, end up in degrading spectacle
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2009 1:23 PM CDT
In this Nov. 17, 2005 file photo, conservative political commentator Ann Coulter is seen in Tyler, Texas.   (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman, file)
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(Newser) – Female Republican pundits squabble over the future of their party and it descends into a snarkfest over age and weight? "You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding," writes Dahlia Lithwick in Slate. Meghan McCain and Laura Ingraham's catfight is the reason why men don't see women as serious political thinkers. "Until we remember to and speak as though what we have to say matters to men as well as to the viewers of America's Next Top Model, we'll never be taken seriously."

Can you see Rush Limbaugh on The View, she continues, "surrounded by four supportive men, lamenting that men should help one another out more and that weight is the 'last socially accepted prejudice' in America?" Political fights should be political, writes Lithwick, and "here's a useful litmus test: As long as the media continue to cover women's political differences in their 'Health' sections, we are probably doing something wrong."