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Bridget Johnson


December 12, 2013 - 12:02 pm

It’s no secret that Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) blue eyes and beefcake photos certainly don’t hurt his position in Hill negotiations, but we’ve just gotten into a weird area here. From a New York Times piece by Gail Collins on GOP sensitivity training for women:

“They need better ideas, not ‘Mad Men’ style sensitivity training,” said Representative Nita Lowey of New York. Lowey, who serves as the top Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, thinks that Republicans’ problem is anti-women policies, not their inability to talk with the opposite sex.

“Believe it or not, Paul Ryan is a good friend,” she said. “He calls me Mom. I call him Naughty Boy.”

I always enjoy talking to Nita Lowey, but this conversation was a particular high point.

We can only assume Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) must refer to upper-chamber beefcake Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) in similar terms.

Lowey, 76, began serving in Congress just after Ryan graduated from high school.


Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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‘Naughty Boy’

I am recalling a bumper sticker I once saw that read "You've been a bad boy. Go to my room!"
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