Reinforcing the stopped-clock theory:
The achievements and contributions of women, as individuals and collectively, are woefully missing from much of U.S. history. Is it any wonder that women throughout the nation have struggled to “lean in”? If the critical and indispensable contributions that women have made to our nation were woven into mainstream U.S. history, they would already be in.
To date, we have seen countless Democrats and Republicans come together to support the advancement of this important project. And yet opposition remains among a few members in the Senate.
Of course, being the loyal-to-the-last-breath GOP hack that she is, Dole doesn't supply readers the information they actually need, the names and/or political parties of those "few members" of the Senate. Who are (big surprise) right-wing extremist Republicans:
"It grieves me to tell you that at this moment the big step towards making history in making the National Women's History Museum a reality is on hold because two Republican men put a hold on having a vote on the bill," New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said.
The National Women's History Museum bill, which Maloney authored in a bipartisan effort with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., has been stopped dead in its tracks because Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are preventing the bill from going to the floor for an up or down vote.
Coburn has been opposing this museum for several years now, but Lee just stepped in to replace the
jackass Heritage Foundation-bound DeMint, who had been Coburn's partner in blocking this much-needed recognition of womens' contributions to our country.
Being the conspiracy theorist that I am, the first thing that popped into my head when I read Dole's op-ed was, "I bet Liddy's going to be in this museum somewhere, which is motivating her to speak out." Further reinforcing the stopped-clock theory, I was right. She will be included in the "Women Who Ran For President of the United States" exhibit:
Although she had never held elective office (or even run for office, her previous positions and especially her effective campaigning for her husband gave Dole high name recognition. Early polls showed her second only to George W. Bush. Controversy arose, however, when the New York Times quoted Robert Dole as saying he wanted to donate to John McCain because McCain had supported him during his campaign. Many felt that the comment indicated a lack of faith in his wife and damaged her campaign. Elizabeth Dole raised more money than any previous female presidential candidate, but discovered the same phenomena that hurt well-qualified women who preceded her: donors do not give as freely to women as to men.
Yeah, including donor/fundraiser/cocktail-party-maven Liddy Dole. I'd be surprised if she raised a farthing (I don't know what that's worth) for another woman other than herself for political office.