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Stop obsessing over these three freshman congresswomen

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By the Republican response to the three most famous Democratic freshmen in Congress — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — you’d think these women were Shakespeare’s Three Witches rather than the three amigas seen chumming and laughing in countless photographs.

But then, you’d also infer from Democrats’ counterresponse that the GOP’s reaction has been solely an expression of racism, misogyny and anti-Muslim sentiment, rather than the result of legitimate observations of concern.

Let’s break it down.

First, shame on the media for giving these three women oh-so-much attention. Yes, they are unique and interesting. At 29, Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC, as she is sometimes known, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Omar is the first representative to wear a hijab. And Tlaib, who is also Muslim, is the first Palestinian American woman to serve in the chamber.

Bravas all around. Their elections, as well as those of two Native American women, are all news- and noteworthy. After just a few weeks in office, AOC miraculously produced a big bill — the Green New Deal, a joint resolution co-introduced by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). Of course, such bills don’t just happen overnight. Undoubtedly, lots of planning, strategy and little elves with pockets........

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