Rep. Blackburn Laments Absence Of Republican Women On Super Committee

August 11, 2011 11:24 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

The six Republicans chosen for the bipartisan "super committee" on deficit reduction share some extreme views and a fundamentally flawed approach to the problem, but that's not all they have in common: They are also all men. Last night on Fox Business, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) lamented the exclusion of Republican women from the group, calling it a "missed opportunity."

"There are great women in the House and the Senate," she said. "There are lots of women, you know, when you go to a tea party and look across the crowd, it's primarily female. So I've heard from so many of my friends in the Tea Party and the grassroots activist movement that they're really disappointed that there is no female there." Watch:

Women's groups have described the spending cuts in the debt agreement passed earlier this month as "unbalanced" and a "blow to women's economic security." But, unfortunately, Republican women — who routinely go out of their way to defend their party against charges of being indifferent to women's interests — won't have a seat at the table as the committee discusses the path to lower deficits.