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tics – because the insides of any good war room should never, ever be paraded before the media’s cameras.


(Among other things, all those empty


pizza boxes and sleep-starved youngsters ruin the mystique.) No, I’ve sought out the brightest and the best female staffers for three main reasons. Women help to offset the alarming levels of testosterone that are to be found in most cam- paign backrooms. Inevitably, you’ll see the men swaggering around, loudly declaring their in- tention to “kill” or “destroy” or “ratf**k” their adversaries – and, just as inevitably, the female war room staffers will quietly work to ensure the frat boy nonsense isn’t allowed to derail the campaign.


Men (mainly younger ones) usually want to be


highfalutin “strategists,” lolling around dispensing what they hope passes for political wisdom, with- out actually doing any campaign work. Women (of all ages) almost always are prepared to undertake


whatever campaign war room task is asked of them, however uninspiring, because they know that the uninspiring stuff is what makes the campaign trains run on time. They work. Female war roomers, in my experience, tend to be better writers and researchers. A casual glance at opinion columns like this one provides ample evidence for that contention. Many forests have perished to publish studies about why so few women enter public life. But very few analyses have been done, I think, to de- termine why the same sad reality persists behind the campaign curtains.


Because, until that latter


problem is adjusted, I suspect the former problem won’t be, either. Now, please excuse me. I have some scores to settle with the nameless misogynists at Wikipedia.


Warren Kinsella is a lawyer, author and president of the Daisy Group, a Toronto-based political consulting firm.


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