Alternate Headline: Top Romney Advisor Claims Women Earn Equal Pay.
Republicans have spent several weeks denying the very existence of the Republican war on women. It did not help their cause for a smarmy Romney surrogate to take it upon himself to educate one of the smartest women on the national scene on how women already earn as much as men for the same work.
On NBC’s Meet The Press, Maddow cited the 77 cent statistic, when Castellanos interjected that women don’t actually make less than men. “Do women make less than men for doing the same work” Maddow challenged him.
“Actually no,” he responded. “For example. Men work an average of 44 hours a week. Women work 41 hours a week. Men go into professions like engineering, science and math that earn more. Women want more flexibility.”
In other words, Castellanos argued that it’s not discrimination that causes a pay gap, but rather the choices women make about how much they work and what fields they go into.
Maddow rejoined that the disparity is the result of “structural discrimination that women really do face that Republicans don’t believe is happening.”
Castellanos could not control his inner Republican so he decided to accuse Rachel Maddow of getting emotional (another winning strategy from a conservative old white guy when it comes to getting the women folk to like them) when he said:
“I love how passionate you are. I wish you are as right about what you’re saying as you are passionate about it. I really do.”
“That’s really condescending,” Maddow replied. “I mean this is a stylistic issue. My passion on this issue is actually me making a factual argument.”
This one exchange is a perfect synopsis of the problem Republicans have with women. There is Alex Castellanos completely oblivious to the facts which women around the nation feel in their everyday lives while desperately trying to pretend everything is just peachy keen. When a smart woman challenges his understanding he denigrates her on national television, condescendingly telling her she is wrong (when she isn’t) and emotional.
Moveon should make a commercial of this dialogue.