Joe Rogers: Cutting the Guv some slack

I’m inclined to give Gov. Phil Bryant a slide on his comment about women in the workplace.

That’s partly because my charitable interpretation is that he did not intend to say working mothers are to blame for substandard literacy among children. Among his tangled words was the argument that assorted factors – economic or otherwise – decreasing the time available for parents to spend with their children are part of the overall education problem.

I was surprised by his answer, however.

Not by the inelegant delivery– here’s a man who apparently could stand toe-to-toe with Cliff Finch in that regard. But the fact is, before this latest instance Bryant had followed a more conventional pattern in his utterings.

Joe Rogers, a native of Moss Point, is a staff editor for The New York Times.