In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I take a look at how the GOP's dearth of prominent women may be hampering the party's attempts to oppose the Sotomayor nomination.
I have written and blogged before about the decline in women Republicans in elective office. But that decline continued in the 2008 elections. And with the Bush administration -- which had a number of high-profile women -- now gone, the right is left with few, if any, female faces to put forward.
The result: when opposing a female nominee like Sotomayor, or a woman's issue like equal pay, the GOP has to do it through a bunch of men. And the optics of that are not good, as they say.
Take a look at the article here:
Also in the new issue, you'll want to read Harvey Silverglate's assessment of Sotomayor on free speech; Adam Reilly's profile of Katherine Ragsdale, the new dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge; and the Phoenix editorial about the murder of George Tiller.