One would hope that after helping elect a new female governor and a new congresswoman, who is Indian and lesbian to boot, contributors to the Wichita Eagle would shove the “victim” card back up their sleeves, but no such luck.

One of KU’s more virtuous political science profs, Patrick Miller, takes the occasion of female successes in 2018 to scold the (lesser) men of Kansas for the obstacles they have placed on their women’s “long road to equal representation.”  

That a woman was elected Kansas governor should not have triggered Dr. Miller. Kathleen Sebelius was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. Joan Finney was elected in 1990. When Finney was elected, Nancy Landon Kassebaum was serving as U.S. Senator from Kansas, a post she held for 18 years. 

Nor did Sharice Davids break any ground on the female front. Jan Meyers held the 3rd District seat for 12 years from 1985-1997. Much of this happened before the 30-something Miller came to KU five years ago, but it’s all in Wikipedia.

Miller labors under the illusion that men and women should have comparable interests. On average, as Miller unwittingly implies, they do not. He reports that just a year ago 20 men, some of them teens, were nosing around the governor’ race.

Not a women tossed her hat anywhere near the ring until Sen. Laura Kelly did so, “perhaps reluctantly.” The fact that Kelly won the race suggests that her sex was, if anything, an advantage.

Miller thinks otherwise. To make his “long road.” metaphor work, he imagines one trap after another a woman must circumvent. Some samples:

“Female candidates are often told — usually by men — that they are unqualified.”

“Some activists on social media even said that Kelly’s only qualification was her gender.”

“Women this year were often branded — usually by men — as ‘Hillary Clintons.’”

“Moreover, some social media activists — usually men — suggested that Kelly expected women to vote for her because of her gender.”

This Eagle column isn’t political science. It isn’t even good cracker barrel politics. It is a collection of pointless innuendos in support of a thesis that stopped making sense at least a generation ago.



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