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Voters may be learning to appreciate female candidates

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Virginia’s governor and attorney general are caught up in scandals concerning blackface; the lieutenant governor is accused credibly by two women of sexual assault. Former congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore were among the politicians whose careers were cut short due to sexual assault or sexual harassment allegations. President Trump was credibly accused of sexual misconduct by nearly 20 women, was captured on tape bragging about sexual assault and paid off two alleged mistresses before Election Day.

We have had an epidemic of sexual misconduct scandals (not to mention Trump Cabinet members’ financial scandals), virtually all involving men. You or someone you discuss politics with at some point has probably said, half-joking, that we should only elect women for a while. The unspoken assumption is that women are more trustworthy, at least in certain respects.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is a political dynamo, putting her skills honed as a mother and grandmother into her job managing squabbling House members and a president prone to temper tantrums. The Post reports:

Long before she presided over the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi presided over a house of five........

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