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Coulter rips Pelosi, writes of Bush cabinet's 'synchronized menstrual cycles'

Published: Wednesday November 15, 2006

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In a new piece, syndicated columnist Ann Coulter belittles Rep. Nancy Pelosi's ascension to House Speaker, and--in curious fashion--promotes, then knocks, President Bush's minority and female appointments to his cabinet.

"The media yawned when Condoleezza Rice became the first black woman secretary of state," writes Coulter, "[b]ut when Nancy Pelosi ... achieves the minor distinction of becoming the first female speaker of the House, The New York Times acts like she's invented cold fusion."

Coulter claims that "only 77 documents" noted Rice's achievement, "half of them [being] issues of Jet, Essence, Ebony or Black Entrepreneur magazine." She then notes the numerous minority appointments that the President has made to his cabinet; in addition to Rice, she refers to Colin Powell, Alberto Gonzales, Carlos Gutierrez, Elaine Chao, and "retarded-American" Norman Mineta. "It was as if Mariah Carey and Tiger Woods had children and they all joined the Bush Cabinet," she writes.

Coulter then curiously quips that the White House "has been lousy with women since the first Bush term," mentioning secretaries Ann Veneman, Gale Norton and Margaret Spellings. "For a while there," she remarks, "it looked as if Bush might become the first president whose entire Cabinet's menstrual cycles were synchronized."

The controversial columnist doesn't spare her usual rancor against Democrats (noting that Sen. John Kerry "hired only white males for top positions in his presidential campaign"), and even ridicules departing moderate GOP Sen. Lincoln Chaffee [sic] as "the first developmentally disabled senator."

Excerpts from the column, available in full here, follow...


A New York Times profile of Rice at the time waited until the last sentence to note in passing that Rice was "only the second woman, and the first black woman, to hold the job." (In a separate column by me, it was noted that Rice was the "first competent woman" to hold the job.)


There were two major articles breathlessly reporting Pelosi's magnificent achievement as first female speaker and an op-ed by Bob Herbert, titled "Ms. Speaker and Other Trends." Beatifying Pelosi as "the most powerful woman ever to sit in Congress," Herbert began: "Sometimes you can actually feel the winds of history blowing." There was a major Times profile of Pelosi, gushing that Pelosi was "on the brink of becoming the first female speaker." (Isn't she just the most independent little gal?)

So in addition to bringing back a cut-and-run national security strategy, tax-and-spend domestic policy and a no-enforcement immigration policy, the new Democratic Congress is apparently ushering in a return to feminist milestones.

I warned you people about what might happen if "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" ever caught on, and now you've got no one but yourselves to blame. Happy now?