It seems John Boehner actually caved to the criticisms about House Republicans not appointing a single woman to chair any of their committees and gave one of them a consolation prize: Dems, Progressives Snicker As House GOP Finally Appoints Female Committee Chair :
After days of pressure from Republicans and Democrats alike, House Republican leaders finally put a woman in charge of a committee Friday afternoon. But if Speaker John Boehner and the rest of the House leadership thought choosing Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) to lead the House administration committee — making her the sole female committee chair in the House — would put the issue to bed, they appear to have been mistaken.
Democrats and advocates for women in politics say Miller’s appointment feels like “tokenism” — and say the gender makeup of the House’s committee chairs will follow the GOP to 2014.
“I’m not sure which was worse: House Republicans refusing to have any women Chair a Legislative Committee or only appointing a woman to Chair the Congressional Housekeeping Committee,” said one Democratic official.
The Committee on House Administration oversees the running of the House as well as federal elections. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), the current chair, lost his bid for reelection on Nov. 6. That meant the House GOP leaders had to fill his slot at the top of the committee.
Normally who chairs the administration committee in the House would only be news inside the Beltway. But by choosing Miller to take over, House Republican leaders appeared to critics to be trying to clean up the mess they made when the so-called “major” House committee chairs were announced this week. That list was all male, leading to criticism from women in the Republican caucus as well as Democrats. Female House Republicans publicly pushed Boehner to appoint a women to the remaining committee chair slots.
For a party trying hard to grow its appeal among women, the committee chair announcement was seen as an indication the GOP is not ready to change by critics on the left. Miller’s appointment has done nothing to quiet that view. Read on...
It's so nice to see them being in touch with how to react to those criticisms of waging a "war on women." I don't think they're doing themselves any favors by putting her in charge of a committee that she never served on until being named as chair either. It just reeks of desperation and obvious pandering a day too late for anyone to actually believe they care about diversity among their ranks.
I guess it wouldn't hurt if they decided to change their policies so that women in America actually wanted to vote for them and maybe run for office as well, but from their rhetoric and lack of introspection about their recent election losses, I don't expect that to change any time soon.