April 16

In her April 12 commentary, “Pelosi’s inflammatory words really don’t help her,” Melinda Henneberger criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for saying that Republicans “disdain” minorities and women, with Ms. Pelosi’s statement that “[i]t’s so self-evident that it applies to women” drawing a particularly pointed response. However, instead of rebutting the claim with counter-examples, Ms. Henneberger dismissed the charge as mere rabble-rousing. That is understandable as there are precious few examples available to rebut Ms. Pelosi’s charge.

Recent events underscore this fact. Last week, every Republican in the Senate voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act. That was after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) proposed a budget that would slash programs disproportionately affecting women. These are not isolated incidents but the most recent examples of a long-standing pattern.

Peter Vos, Rockville