• ABC Chief Political Analyst: GOP Rep. Stefanik a ‘Perfect Example’ of the Failures of Electing Someone ‘Because They Are a Woman’

    Matthew Dowd, chief political analyst for ABC News, suggested that Representative Elise Stefanik (R., N.Y.) was elected due to her gender after taking issue with Stefanik's line of questioning during the first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday.“Elise Stefanik is a perfect example of why just electing someone because they are a woman or a millennial doesn’t necessarily get you the leaders we need,” Dowd tweeted of Stefanik - the youngest Republican woman ever elected to Congress - who on Wednesday was named a member of Time’s “100 Next” rising profiles.“Elise has built a record as an authentic, respected voice for ideas and common sense. And she has built an organization to recruit more women to run for office in a party that needs more inclusivity. This is a fight she has taken on personally and passionately,” former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan wrote in Stefanik’s Time profile. “ . . . Elise isn’t just the future of the Republican Party. She is the future of hopeful, aspirational politics in America.”After criticism, Dowd deleted the tweet, and claimed that he was misunderstood for “just saying we need more millennials or more women [which] isn’t going to solve the problem of needing more leaders with integrity.” I think people are misunderstand my tweet. So I will delete. I am saying just saying we need more millennials or more women isn’t going to solve the problem of needing more leaders with integrity. Vote integrity no matter what. https://t.co/xdUdgQVyaV -- Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) November 13, 2019Dowd’s comments came as Stefanik participated in the House Intelligence Committee's first public impeachment hearing, which featured testimony from William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe. The New York Republican began the hearing by asking House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) whether the minority would not be prohibited from asking questions during the testimony, a complaint House Republicans have leveled at Schiff in the past.During the hearing, Stefanik won praise from conservative commentators for a sharp line of questioning which probed corruption allegations involving Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company which employed Hunter Biden. I agree. Short and Tight questions. Getting to the point https://t.co/3K7a62MHGp -- Bret Baier (@BretBaier) November 13, 2019Dowd and others criticized Stefanik for succumbing to partisan loyalties in response to her questioning of the impeachment witnesses. “She has campaigned on country over party and done exact opposite in office,” Dowd tweeted. Just want to say that @EliseStefanik has turned into a complete partisan. She has campaigned on country over party and done exact opposite in office. -- Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) November 13, 2019Following Dowd’s gendered criticism of Stefanik, the Congresswoman responded by tweeting, “I earn support from NY21 voters bc of my focus on keeping my promises & delivering Results.” Thx @RepMarkMeadows ! It’s a good thing I wasn’t raised to measure my self-worth or professional work based on tweets from self-important @MSNBC commentators like Dowd (who is he again?)! I earn support from NY21 voters bc of my focus on keeping my promises & delivering Results https://t.co/o3BvcWh1NQ -- Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) November 13, 2019Update 5:20 p.m.: Dowd apologized further for his comments, saying “lesson learned.” I deleted the tweet and apologize. I in no way meant to suggest that we don’t need women or millennial leaders. In fact to opposite is true and I have advocated for that. I will be more careful in how I phrase my thoughts. Lesson learned. @EliseStefanik -- Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) November 13, 2019

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  • ‘I’m horrified, I’m appalled’: Kellyanne Conway’s lawyer husband tears into Donald Trump over impeachment hearings

    As senior diplomats Bill Taylor and George Kent gave their testimony before House investigators weighing the president’s impeachment on Wednesday, the husband of one of Donald Trump’s most prominent advisers made a rare appearance on television to tear into the commander-in-chief.Conservative Washington attorney George Conway, married to White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, has won himself a large following on social media as one of President Trump’s most outspoken critics in recent months, regularly taking his wife’s employer to task on Twitter or in the pages of The Atlantic and risking his own happy home life for the cause.

  • William Taylor laughs at GOP question if Giuliani channel was 'as outlandish as it could be'

    Republican counsel Steve Castor came to Wednesday's impeachment hearing with a curious line of questioning: could something extremely unusual have, theoretically, been even more unusual?Castor, the lawyer who questioned diplomat William Taylor on behalf of House Republicans during the public impeachment hearing, asked about what Taylor had previously described as a "confusing and unusual arrangement for making U.S. policy toward Ukraine" in the Trump administration, with there being a secondary, "highly irregular" channel including Rudy Giuliani operating outside of formal diplomatic processes.But Castor's apparent defense of this irregular channel is that it could have, in theory, been more irregular."In fairness, this irregular channel of diplomacy, it's not as outlandish as it could be," Castor said to Taylor. "Is that correct?"Taylor laughed at this question while agreeing that, well, sure, it "could be" more outlandish. But the line of questioning didn't go quite as Castor likely planned. After Castor tried to get Taylor to say that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's involvement in the secondary channel also was "certainly not outlandish," Taylor didn't exactly agree, responding that it's "a little unusual for the U.S. ambassador to the EU to play a role in Ukraine policy.""Okay," Castor said, making one more attempt by asking, "It might be irregular, but it's certainly not outlandish." This time, a seemingly baffled but amused Taylor just smiled. "This irregular channel of diplomacy is not as outlandish as it could be, is that correct?" GOP counsel asks William Taylor. Taylor agrees, but adds, "It's a little unusual for the US ambassador to EU to play a role in Ukraine policy." https://t.co/YHsiIaIXhs pic.twitter.com/Vp6mO6PhvF -- ABC News (@ABC) November 13, 2019More stories from theweek.com The coming death of just about every rock legend The president has already confessed to his crimes Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?

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