When Elle magazine decided to do Lovely and Amazing: The Women in DC Power List feature, they probably should have hired somebody who might know something about politics… or geography… or else they were playing politics. Of course, out of 10 DC power women featured, only 2 are Republican. One of them is Dana Perino, who is based out of New York these days, given how she’s on Fox every evening. Otherwise, she’s a good pick.
Oh, and guess what they titled a feature on her? “Dana Perino: The Relevant Republican”! Why is she relevant?
It is the rare creature who can remain relevant in Washington after her administration is ousted. (She was the gifted and admired press secretary for George W. Bush.)
So the women in Republican House must be irrelevant, as conservative women tend to be. Former (and future?) Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann? No, not the Tea Party, for God’s sake! What about a popular and generally revered insider like Liz Cheney? Not when Elle appears to be fighting a war on conservative women.
Perino once mentioned on The Five that when she lived in DC she was invited to lefty cocktail parties, ostensibly so that the hosts and the attendees could congratulate themselves on being so open-minded. In reality, she says, she was the only conservative they could stand. I can see that.