Hugh Hewitt

Analysts across the MSM are still trying to figure out how the GOP comes up not just with Meg Whitman and from a so-called "progressive state" like California, but also Nikki Haley in South Carolina, Sharron Angle in Nevada, Susana Martinez in New Mexico and Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire.

Three of these women are seeking the top jobs in their state --Whitman, Martinez and Haley-- while the other three --Fiorina, Angle and Ayotte-- want to join the U.S. Senate.

All six mark a sharp break with Republican Party politics of the past.

Rush Limbaugh

There have always been high profile Republican women, dating back to 1938, when Gladys Pyle won a special election in South Dakota to become the first GOP woman to be elected to the U.S. (Margaret Chase Smith, whom many wrongly believe was the first elected woman GOPer, won a general election in 1948. Democrat Hattie Wyatt Caraway was the first woman elected to the Senate, in 1932.)

Sarah Palin is of course the highest profile Republican woman of the moment, though if Meg Whitman succeeds in her quest to become the governor of California, she will quickly become as significant in the life of the GOP as Palin.

Palin's endorsement helped Fiorina and Haley breakout from the packs in their races, and Palin's "mama grizzlies" movement is a powerful fund-raising tool among the conservative grass roots. The GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee's example of good natured give-and-get-without-flinching on the stump and the trail has set an inspiring example for scores of female conservatives across the country.

There is no sign yet, however, that MSM wants to draw attention to this unique year of the GOP woman. In 1992, when four Democratic women won their high profile races, the lefties in the nation's newsrooms couldn't stop proclaiming the sea change under way in the Democratic Party. Now that the GOP is having its banner year of gender breakthroughs, the story is getting nearly as much play.

Part of the reason --the obvious part-- is that MSM remains overwhelmingly populated by liberal boosters of the Democrats, and they are never in a hurry to write a script that helps Republicans.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.