If this is the the quality of punditry and counter-messaging we’re going to see by the McCain/Palin Truth Squad, it’s time to arm-twist women who aren’t backbenchers (they didn’t name any men to cover the campaign’s sorry ass, and they couldn’t find any GOP women of national prominence to do it either).

Take this defense of McCain/Palin on their opposition to equal pay/equal work – former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow was left with a simpleton statement that McCain supports it in principle. (via Think Progress):

LT. GOV. BARBARA LAWTON: But Margaret, he’s voted against equal pay for equal work before that as well.

FARROW: But he is clearly supporting the concept, but he doesn’t want to tie the hands in ways that are more mandates on businesses in ways that won’t create jobs.

LAWTON: Actually, his answer to a 14-year old girl who asked him in a townhall meeting about why he doesn’t support equal pay for women, was, “I think women need more education and training.” It was a clear expression that he doesn’t think women are ready for prime time.


Uh…how does that square with his selection of Mrs. Palin? Is she going to receive a cut in pay for doing  the same job Dick Cheney held because she has a vajajay?

McCain has claimed that he is “committed to making sure that there’s equal pay for equal work,” but he has yet to support anything “that would achieve that goal.” Additionally, as Lawton notes, McCain has voted against equal pay for equal work before:

– In 2000, McCain opposed an amendment that aimed to “provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex.”

– In 1985, McCain voted against a study to investigate pay differences among federal employees, and determine whether they were the result of discrimination. [1985 CQ Almanac; HR 3008, vote # 318, 10/9/85]

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding