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Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Mitt’s Team

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Symbolism is huge in politics.

So, even in Red State Oklahoma, you’d think Republicans would take pains to avoid designating a male-only slate of presidential electors.

Nope.

Women may be more than half the population, but there’s not a female among the Romney-Ryan team’s Electoral College representatives from the Sooner State.

The GOP electors: David Holt, Lynn Windel, Lawrence A. Williamson, Joe Peters, Mark Thomas, Jason Cowen and Duane Crumbacher.

Whatever happened to Romney’s binders?

For a party scrambling to overcome the fallout of wingnut rape rhetoric from U.S. Senate candidates Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana, the decision to select an all-male Electoral College slate is more than curious – it’s downright tone deaf.

Romney, of course, is expected to carry Oklahoma big on Tuesday, but it is worth noting that a Pew Research Center survey eight days before the election found a sizeable gender gap nationally: 50% of likely women voters favored Obama, 44% Romney.

For the record, the Obama-Biden Electoral College team from Oklahoma includes four women and three men: Isabel Baker, Doug Dodd, Carl Downing, Connie Johnson, Judy Eason McIntyre, Mack Miller and Martha Skeeters.

 

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Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.