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Jun 17 2013

GOP Rep Loves His ‘Man’s Brain’

I’ve long said that state legislatures are where you find some of the dumbest and craziest elected officials and here’s a perfect example. During a debate over the expansion of Medicaid, Maine state House Minority Leader Ken Fredette actually cites the book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and refers to how his “man brain” sees the whole thing differently from his political opponents, who apparently all have women brains.

As I listen to the debate today and earlier debate on this bill, I can’t help but think of a title of a book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. And it’s a book about the fact that men sort of think one way in their own brain, in their own world. And women think another way in their own brain and in their own world. And it really talks about the way that men and women can do a better job at communicating. Because if you listen to the debate today, in my mind — a man’s mind — I hear two fundamental issues. From the other side of the aisle, I hear the conversation being about: free. ‘This is free, we need to take it, and it’s free. And we need to do it now.’ And that’s the fundamental message that my brain receives. Now, my brain, being a man’s brain, sort of thinks differently, because I say, well, it’s not — if it’s free, is it really free? Because I say, in my brain, there’s a cost to this.

Here’s the video:

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  1. 1
    Ace of Sevens

    So not only does he cite a pop-psych book from a guy whose degree comes from a diploma mill, he doesn’t even use it correctly?

  2. 2
    Randomfactor

    dumbest and craziest elected officials

    School boards, according to Twain.

  3. 3
    Trebuchet

    Let me guess which side is in favor of rationing medical care for the poor and elderly in this debate….

  4. 4
    Synfandel

    His brain, being a hare-brain, sees it differently.

  5. 5
    d.c.wilson

    Why does it seem like every republican these days was pulled through a time warp?

  6. 6
    cswella

    What was even the point of bringing up the book or the supposed differences in brains? He could have just said, “I think there are hidden costs”

  7. 7
    rabbitscribe

    #6 cswella: One of the very few concessions I will make to our friends on the right is that they by no means enjoy a monopoly on politicians using two hundred words to say what could be said in ten.

  8. 8
    Michael Heath

    That’s some serious misogynistic language there.

  9. 9
    marcus

    Ken Fredette“Because if you listen to the debate today, in my mind — a man’s mind — I hear two fundamental issues.”
    Maybe if you opened your zipper you “man-brain” would be able to hear more clearly.

  10. 10
    karmacat

    Marcus wins the internet

  11. 11
    doublereed

    State Legislatures are also less corrupt, though. They actually will listen to people a lot more and less to money.

    It’s probably much easier for this guy to change his mind when money isn’t being thrown at him.

  12. 12
    Taz

    “Hidden costs” is a concept only men understand? It’s inherently masculine? WTF?

  13. 13
    Artor

    Michael, how could Fredette possibly be misogynist? He was citing SCIENCE!™ Let’s not worry our little women’s brains over it. (We must have women’s brains, since we disagree with him, right?)

  14. 14
    baal

    Blargh, right wingers gender essentialism crap is always fractaly wrong.

  15. 15
    Sastra

    From the other side of the aisle, I hear the conversation being about: free. ‘This is free, we need to take it, and it’s free. And we need to do it now.’

    Translation: little lady’s brain goes “Ooooh, oooh, shiny!!! Sparkles! Darling! I want it!”

    Man’s brain goes “Whoa there, honey … slow down. Let’s check the price tag first.”

    Women. Heh. You just gotta love ‘em, amirite?

  16. 16
    iknklast

    Someone should send him a copy of Delusions of Gender. Maybe I will.

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