Your morning jolt: The White House’s glass ceiling and the Richards Effect

The 2012 Project, a non-partisan campaign to lure more women into politics, will pay a visit to the state Capitol on Friday.

Georgia is one of 20 states that have no women in their congressional delegations, organizers point out. (Although the race for the “new” 9th Congressional District has Republican Martha Zoller, the Gainesville radio talk show host.)

Yet the South has no copyright when it comes to glass ceilings. From today’s Washington Post:

Friction about the roles of women in the Obama White House grew so intense during the first two years of the president’s tenure that he was forced to take steps to reassure senior women on his staff that he valued their presence and their input.

At a dinner in November 2009, several senior female aides complained directly to the president that men enjoyed greater access to him and often muscled them out of key policy discussions.

Those tensions prompted Obama, urged on by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, to elevate more women into senior White House positions, recognize them more during staff meetings and increase the female presence in the upper ranks of the reelection campaign.

If that weren’t bad enough, Nate Silver of the New York Times reports this morning that female candidates are shorted an average of 2 points in political polls:

The size of the Richards Effect [named for the late Ann Richards, governor of Texas] is larger in states with fewer women in the labor force — which suggests it stems from conservative attitudes about the place of women in politics. This leads to an interesting conclusion.

Although the Bradley Effect assumes that people conceal their true opposition to the black candidate, the Richards Effect appears to work the opposite way: people conceal their true support for the female candidate, especially in areas with culturally conservative views about gender roles.

When talking points get out of hand: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday she can’t back up claims that half of the people wanting work at the Energy Department’s Savannah River Site failed drug tests and half of the remainder couldn’t pass reading and writing tests.

Haley said in an interview with the Associated Press that she’s learned a lesson and is going to be more careful. “I’ve never felt like I had to back up what people tell me. You assume that you’re given good information,” Haley said. “And now I’m learning through you guys that I have to be careful before I say something.”

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., earned more than $500 last year for being an extra in singer Miley Cyrus’ film, “The Last Song” – which was filmed on Tybee Island. So it looks like he intends to stick to his day job.

And somehow we missed the fact that, in last week’s U.S. House vote condemning an increase in the debt-ceiling, Rep. Phil Gingrey pushed the wrong button. From the The Caucus blog of the New York Times:

“I inadvertently voted ‘no’ when I intended to vote ‘yes,’” Mr. Gingrey told the House on Thursday. Mr. Buchanan had an additional request: “Please let the permanent record reflect that I support H.J. Res. 77 and my vote should be recorded as ‘aye.’”
“Vern thought he had voted yes, until he found out otherwise,” said Max Goodman, a spokesman for Mr. Buchanan. Mr. Gingrey’s office did not return a voicemail message.

Unfortunately for both men – who were joined in voting “no” by fellow Republicans David Dreier and Brian Bilbray of California, and Jim Renacci of Ohio – their votes will remain unchanged. Once votes are officially recorded and closed, they cannot be altered.

Finally, if you live in northeast Cobb County, remember to vote today. Five Republicans are vying to fill the state House seat made vacant by the July death of Bobby Franklin.

The candidates are: Roy C. Barnes, John Carson, Don Hill, Robert Lamutt and Geraldine Wade. All are from Marietta.

A runoff, if one is needed, will be held Oct. 18.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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28 comments Add your comment


September 20th, 2011
8:44 am

Well, if we would elect women here for positions not involving schools or that don’t have the word “secretary” in the title, maybe the 2012 Project would leave us alone. But that would mean backing off the good ole boy system, and there are too many vested interests who have to make their money first.

In the words of Shakespeare, “First, let’s kill all the lobbyists.”


September 20th, 2011
9:01 am

And that about sums Phil Gingrey up.


September 20th, 2011
9:29 am

If Ms. Haley believed that repeating unproven gossip was appropriate, she’s dumber than I thought she was.


September 20th, 2011
9:42 am

Phil Gingrey: too dumb to vote.


September 20th, 2011
9:43 am

Michele Bachmann? Gov. Haley has a message for you.

Typical Democrat

September 20th, 2011
9:48 am

The stimulus is working!


September 20th, 2011
9:51 am

It certainly is time more women were involved in GA Congressional politics…..

Of course now, they would just add to the standard line of ‘I’m more of a disconnected, rabid, wrong-wing extremist than you are!’ and would likely give us much of the same group of self-serving do nothings that make up the majority of our House contingent.


September 20th, 2011
9:52 am

Don’t we have plenty of proof that politicians can make whatever claims they want and people will buy it hook, line and sinker? Haley can claim that the Obama administration is stifling job growth in South Carolina and a large portion of the population will believe it because most people will never look into the NLRB case and learn the details. We deserve all of the bad representation we get.


September 20th, 2011
10:14 am

“I’ve never felt like I had to back up what people tell me.”

And that about sums Nikki Haley up.

Actually it’s a good summary of teanut “thought” in general. Birth certificate, anyone?


September 20th, 2011
10:35 am

Now, now, Aquagirl, give credit where due: she admitted her error when called on it. How many Teanutters would do that, let alone nearly any Republican politician?


September 20th, 2011
10:36 am

Looks like Teab*gger (* = a) gets eaten by the naughty word filter.


September 20th, 2011
10:47 am

Gingrey thought they had taken “yes” off all the Republican machines. For him to vote yes on anything is definitely inadvertent.

mike 'hussein' smith

September 20th, 2011
10:51 am

Nikki Haley probably got those bogus drug test numbers from her own staff. Earlier in the year, her commerce secretary had to take the fall for doing just that. (Or perhaps she was merely misinformed by a wandering stranger, like Michelle Bachmann seemed to have been.)


September 20th, 2011
11:00 am

give credit where due: she admitted her error when called on it.

Good point. Creationism, anyone?

Bill Orvis White

September 20th, 2011
11:06 am

The honorable Gov. Nikki Haley is a pro-growth, dynamic, job-creating governor. If Mr. Cain or the honorable Gov. Perry get the nomination, I know in my heart that Mrs. Haley would be the perfect running mate.


September 20th, 2011
11:12 am

Uh, oh, Bill Orvis White is in love with her. That means she must really be crazy.


September 20th, 2011
11:14 am

Creationism, anyone?

They just need proof that the earth revolves around the sun and then they’ll still deny it for a few more years after that.


September 20th, 2011
11:21 am

“Haley said in an interview with the Associated Press that she’s learned a lesson and is going to be more careful. “I’ve never felt like I had to back up what people tell me. You assume that you’re given good information,” Haley said. “And now I’m learning through you guys that I have to be careful before I say something.”

Absolutely stunning.

Meanwhile, the rest of us are free to say ANYTHING we want in our professional lives, without having to provide any context or evidence to back it up.

Right. An atttude like that will get you an invitation to the unemployment line real fast.

This woman has no intelligence or credibility.


September 20th, 2011
11:58 am

Minority partisans out in force here this morning.

Which of you leftists think the parole board should have ignored the trial and failed appeals for the convicted cop killer? (Besides those merely opposed to capital punishment)


September 20th, 2011
12:09 pm

Byteme – As it should. A pejorative name drawn from a sexual act by political opponents should not be allowed in any civil discourse.

I am convinced that the legalese used in many of these bills are attempts to obfuscate their real meaning to the general public much like some of the amendments that appear on ballots (…do you not approve to not allow blah blah…). It is not surprising that they are sometimes confused by their own chicanery. That being said, one would think that one would have firmly determined which button, lever, etc. long before the moment. It is quite evident that the majority of voters have not read the amendments prior to hitting the polls but a congressman doesn’t get the same leeway from me. As the lawyers say ignorance is no excuse.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

September 20th, 2011
12:14 pm

Here’s an idea for the 2012 project crowd – DRAFT HILLARY FOR 2012.

Hell, I’ll gladly vote for Hillary if she’ll run in 2012.


September 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

Roy Barnes, just go away!

Alabama Communist

September 20th, 2011
12:21 pm

More Breaking News On Women not having access to Obama..A unknown source deep within the Republican Tea Party said today that it was a nothing to worry about since they want to go back to the Constitution where women were forbid to vote and open their mouths when crying about freedom for the Slaves..


September 20th, 2011
12:28 pm

Since none of these subject blog items interest me -

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, illegal aliens are bilking the federal government for billions because they are filing fraudulent returns.

The Treasury reported in July that the Internal Revenue Service coughed up $4.2 billion in child tax credits for illegal aliens in 2010 rocketed from $924 million in 2005. ILLEGALS are fraudulently using the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), which was created to give more money to taxpayers who cannot claim a full tax credit for children.

Because all wages, even those earned illegally, are taxed, but since illegals cannot get valid Social Security numbers, the government needs a way to track their income and collect what is due. It does so using individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs), which, again, are for those taxpayers who cannot obtain a Social Security card. The refund credit can be claimed even even if no income tax was withheld or paid, up to $1,000 per child. An estimated additional $1.8 billion was going to illegals via the Earned Income Tax Credit, for which they are also ineligible because it can be claimed only by taxpayers with Social Security numbers.

The report concluded that “[t]he payment of Federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside, and work in the United States without authorization, which contradicts Federal law and policy to remove such incentives.”


September 20th, 2011
12:33 pm

Mr. White riddle me this:
GOP mantra is government cannot create jobs
South Carolina GOP has a dynamic job-creating Governor
In the binary world 1 + 1 = 10; but please explain your mathmatical contortion


September 20th, 2011
12:39 pm

Centrist, we are going to allow the State of Georgia kill a man, even though there is now reasonable doubt, only for the sake of the family and the prosecutor’s conviction record. Perfect example to be used for doing away with the death penalty.


September 20th, 2011
2:14 pm

centrist (of what I am still unsure)

Wouldn’t it still be easier to arrest ANY AND ALL who hire illegals, make sure the TV People are on hand for the arrest, convict them, auction off their business assets to law abiding Citizens who first take an oath to hire only Citizens, put the employers of illegals in prison for a very long time (again on TV) and see if that doesn’t go at least some distance to solving the problem?

I would gladly pay more for chicken and harvested agricultural products and I already cut my own grass.

Ed Ruffin

September 21st, 2011
7:21 am

When are we going to get over counting skin color and gender????? Who cares if there are no women in the delegation, and if Martha Zoller runs I would probably vote for her???? So what!!!