Right Wing Flying High, Thanks to Women

They are Mama Grizzlies, hear them roar
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2010 3:00 AM CDT
Right Wing Surging, Thanks to Women
Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell waits to be interviewed at her election night primary victory party.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Time to face facts, ladies: The Tea Party express appears to be fueled by estrogen. A new film on the ferociously reactionary "Mama Grizzlies" examines candidates like Sharron Angle and Nikki Haley (and now Christine O'Donnell) rattling political races—as well as grassroots organizers of the "reborn" conservative movement stretching back to Phyllis Schafly (who wouldn't, of course, want to be associated with anything as unladylike as a hairy bear). The momentum, ironically, makes the Republican Party the current champion for number of women running for the Senate, due in large part to Sarah Palin's "king-making" endorsements, notes the Washington Post.

“I don’t know if it's that mama grizzly instinct being awakened, if women are feeling threatened, or if it’s because women are feeling neglected—or empowered—but you can’t deny that there’s something happening today," conservative commentator SE Cupp says on the film Fire From the Heartland: The Reawakening of the Conservative Woman by the right-wing Citizens United. A GOP pollster says no one says "political outsider" like a Republican woman because "so few of them" have made it to the inner sanctums of Washington. (For more on the newest grizzly, click here.)

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