With disgruntled voters casting around for candidates who look like Washington outsiders, women across the political spectrum may outdo Tea Partiers as the big winners in this year's elections, Jonathan Alter writes in Newsweek, noting last night's victories for Nikki Haley, Meg Whitman, and Carly Fiorina. Female candidates may look fresher to voters craving change; a key factor even in Blanche Lincoln's primary win, Alter writes, was that "in the public imagination, the stereotypical Washington hack just isn’t wearing a skirt."
But the trend poses a danger to Republicans, Alter warns: "the wacky ones" among this year's female candidates "might hamstring the serious ones." Among the wacky ones, Alter cites Nevada GOP primary candidate Sue Lowden, who called for a return to a barter-based economy, and the opponent who beat Lowden: Scientology-linked Sharron Angle, who has said she'd like to reinstate Prohibition and abolish the Department of Education.
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