Sunday, June 12, 2005

Protecting the Vote for Men Only

A female state senator is seeking the Republican nomination for Kansas Secretary of State, the top state elections official. In and of itself, that's not something I would pay attention to. (Yes, I know, "something to which I would pay attention.") But there's this little quote from 2001:

I think the 19th Amendment, while it's not an evil in and of itself, is a symptom of something I don't approve of. The 19th Amendment [giving women the vote] is around because men weren't doing their jobs, and I think that's sad. I believe the man should be the head of the family. The woman should be the heart of the family. — Kansas State Senator Kay O'Connor, in 2001
The sad thing is, Kay O'Connor really isn't out of the mainstream of Republican politics in America today.