While appearing on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” Wednesday, Ruth Marcus, a Washington Post editorial columnist, mused about the gender implications of the recent sparring match between Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Perry publicly criticized Paul over the weekend for taking an isolationist stance on U.S. foreign policy, and Paul fired back by posting an op-ed to the website Politico Monday morning. In his piece, Paul wrote that Perry’s ”new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly.” (RELATED: Rand Paul Fires Back at Rick Perry: ‘Apparently His New Glasses Haven’t Altered His Perception Of The World’)
Regarding the feud between the two prominent Republican politicians, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell remarked, “This is what some might commonly call ‘a cat fight.’”
“Um, if the two cats were of a different gender, they might,” Marcus retorted.
“First of all, it was kind of a nice line. Boom,” she admitted.
“But think about if it had been two women politicians talking to each other that way. Or even one male talking about a woman’s glasses. Only men can get away with that kind of thing, I think,” Marcus concluded.
Mitchell then steered the conversation away from gender and toward the two men’s potential presidential hopes.