Last night, CBS introduced us to Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union Address, with just three sentences: “She chairs the House GOP conference, which means she ranks fourth in the House leadership. She’s married to a retired naval officer. They have three young children, including a two-month old.” Short, sweet, and to the point. The point being that she’s a mom.
McMorris Rodgers was quick to validate the fact that two of three of her introductory biographical details were about her family, not her politics. Within 30 seconds she was telling us the most important moments aren’t happening on Capitol Hill, but at home: "Kissing your kids goodnight. Figuring out how to pay the bills. Getting ready for tomorrow's doctor's visits.” The fact that McMorris Rodgers was selected to respond to the president’s annual address has been widely explained as the GOP’s “new way” of counteracting the fact that prominent Party members appear to have been media-trained by Todd Akin.