In other words, if Sens.
But Farenthold won't, because they're ladies, and gentlemen from Texas always respect ladies. They hold the door open there and say "ma'am," as in "I guess I won't kill you for disagreeing with me today, ma'am."
Who said chivalry is dead?
But the three senators have not stooped to Farenhold’s level (at least publicly), possibly because they are busy governing the country. Their focus and relative probity stands in sharp contrast to
Men wrote the
Had he included them, the Republicans might have negotiated a bill that could have passed already, rather than go through several more iterations of rocky debate.
Women were the ones who stopped Congress this time, with Capito saying she “did not come to Washington to hurt people.” Later, Sens.
Too many men also conflate violence with power. Rep. Farenthold may have thought he was flexing when he quipped about settling matters out back. In reality, fighting serves only those too weak to persuade.
True power is standing up for your beliefs, even in the face of massive dissent. That is what Capito, Collins and Murkowski did last week, and what Collins and Murkowski did again Tuesday when they voted against the motion to bring the bill up for debate.
It’s hardly their first rodeo in political courage. In 2013, it was Collins who convened a small bipartisan group of senators made up eight men and six women (including Murkowski) to figure out how to keep the government from shutting down. “Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily from women in the Senate,” Sen.
Their efforts were in line with the trend: According to researchers at the National Bureau for Economic Research, Republican women in particular excel at bipartisanship, possibly because they tend to be left of their party's center, and therefore more likely to find common ground with Democrats.
Another reason many female legislators may compromise well is because they may be less egotistical. According to a 2001 survey that asked American members of Congress why they ran, men responded that they had "always wanted to." The No. 1 reason for women? The ability to effect change in society.
Imagine if 100% of politicians cared about that.
Cassady Rosenblum is an intern in The Times' Opinion section.
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