[Ed. – Why might that be?]
Let’s revisit this post from election week, in which I highlighted a number of notable Republican victors in the media’s much-discussed “year of the woman.” Since that piece went live, a number of the tentative outcomes have changed: Young Kim narrowly lost in California, Martha McSally narrowly lost in Arizona (though could end up in the Senate anyway), and despite winning comfortably, Cathy McMorris Rodgers stepped aside from leadership, with Liz Cheney taking her place as the top-ranking Republican woman in the House. A number of female incumbents from competitive districts also lost by a hair, such Mimi Walters and Mia Love, the latter whom [sic] was defeated by a white man. Oddly, identity fetishists on the Left don’t seem to be complaining about that outcome. But one of the results that remains intact is the victory of Cindy Hyde-Smith, who became the first woman ever elected to Congress (in either house) by Mississippi voters.
History! Year of the woman! “Can’t wait for all the glowing media profiles,” snarked one Twitter buddy. The press, for some reason, tends to get more excited about certain historic political winners (and losers) than others.