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On the Rachel Maddow Show last night

By Amanda Marcotte
Saturday, November 6, 2010 14:22 EDT
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The CSA post can wait until tomorrow, especially since I could probably squeeze one more dinner in before I send it off. But I’m so stoked, because I was asked to go on “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night to talk about this article from Slate, where I explained one reason I suspect Republican women performed below expectations this election. The interview is about five minutes long.

I was actually in studio with Rachel and got to meet her to talk for a minute, but they’re rearranging the set, so they had to film us in different rooms. That’s why no big table. But that’s okay; I liked the cutaway footage to various Republican candidates.

Five minutes isn’t a lot of time, so we didn’t get to talk about what was, to my mind, the second most telling example of the “mama grizzly curse”, which was Nikki Haley’s results. Watching the returns, I was surprised to see Haley behind for a long time, and then barely squeak across the finish at 51% in South Carolina. I felt like a man who ran her campaign would have done at least 10 points better. Finding out that 13% of Nevada voters thought Sharron Angle wasn’t conservative enough? Well, I suspect a certain percentage of conservatives will always be suspicious of female candidates, no matter how right wing.

So watch it! And thanks to Slate and “The Rachel Maddow Show” for all this.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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