On Tuesday, The Washington Post posted an op-ed titled, “I don’t know Kavanaugh the judge. But Kavanaugh the carpool dad is one great guy.”
That column elicited hysterical outrage from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser:
Their outrage was then echoed by Emily Peck, a writer for The Huffington Post, who excoriated "Team Kavanaugh" for limning Kavanaugh as a man who cared about women because he loved his daughters:
But then Alex Griswold of The Washington Free Beacon pointed something out:
Does that smell like hypocrisy from Peck ? You bet it does:
Peck responded to the criticism this way:
In the column about Brett Kavanaugh, Peck wrote, “And really, that seems to be the Team Kavanaugh message. The conservative darling wants us to know he’s just a nice guy who is nice to girls. He interacts with women, therefore he is a friend to women. It’s an argument with fragile logic. Imagine extending it to other fathers."
In the column referencing Barack Obama, Peck wrote, “For many men, having a daughter is a wake-up call to a notion most of us are already on board with: Women are human beings, just as capable as men. …The key to all these findings is simple: Exposure. Men or boys are forced to engage in a real and nonsexual relationship with a female ― and likely, her friends, too. They develop a better understanding of her. It’s transformative. …Bottom line: The best way to reduce sexism and bias is to mingle with the opposite sex.”