Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers says that men need to dumb down their conversations because women aren't able to understand pie charts.
On Friday, a group of the more conservative Republican women in the U.S. House of Representatives attended an RNC Women conference focused on how to talk to women voters about Republican policies. Most of the attendees were members of the ultra-conservative Republican Study Committee, a group of 170 House Republicans who think the GOP-led House isn't tough enough on the budget and are opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion for any reason. As there are only 19 women Republicans in the House, it wasn't a large meeting, which may be why the mainstream media ignored it.
Among those attending was Rep. Renee Ellmers, a two-term Congresswoman from North Carolina who made a name for herself last fall by opposing Obamacare on the cable news channels with such fervor -- and false facts -- that even her constituents took to her Facebook page to lambast her for embarrassing them and their home state.
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Rep. Ellmers on Friday had a few words of advice for her Republican colleagues on "Taking Back the Future." Perhaps it's best to let the Washington Examiner's Ashe Schow explain, as she did in "The Republican plan to change the 'war on women' narrative needs work."
"Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level," Ellmers said. "Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they've got some pie chart or graph behind them and they're talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.
First she's saying that men (perhaps only Republican men) don't know how to connect with people. Second, she's saying people are too stupid to understand pie charts.
Ellmers then said that women mainly want more time in their lives (don't men as well?) and the first example she gave was that women wanted "more time in the morning to get ready."
As for connecting to women specifically, Ellmers drove it home with a line that, had there been liberals in the audience, would have made the news.
"We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman's level and what everything that she is balancing in her life â€” that's the way to go," Ellmers said. (Emphasis added.)
Schow also noted that "the panelists agreed" with "Kim Strassel, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal who was moderating the panel" who said, "The problem here is not necessarily conservative policy, it's our messaging."
Clearly, it's both.
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