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Stephen Moore wants people to pay more attention to his economic policies. Challenge accepted.

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Stephen Moore wants the media to pay less attention to his idiotic comments about gender and more attention to his idiotic comments about the economy.

Sure thing, bro. Happy to help out.

Moore, whom President Trump wants to appoint to the Federal Reserve Board, has been complaining about a "sleaze campaign" against him. The alleged "sleaze" involves simply repeating the sexist things Moore has publicly said in columns, speeches and on national TV. Such statements include: Women shouldn't be allowed to report on sports unless they're hot and wear revealing clothes; it would destabilize society if women became "economically self-sufficient"; and a powerful man should never take a meeting alone with any woman because she might falsely accuse him of sexual harassment.

Moore, who has enlisted the PR firm that helped save Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, argues that his opponents are "pulling a Kavanaugh against me." Which is odd, because Kavanaugh at least could claim he faced an ultimately unprovable he-said-she-said situation.

Moore's situation is more like he-said-and-then-he-said-it-again-and-again-ad-nauseam-in-public-for-decades.

In any case, Moore claims that critics focus on the "spoofs" he made about the second sex because they don't want to grapple with his awesome economic views.

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"No one wants to talk about my economic ideas," Moore told Politico. "They have not attacked me on my economic ideas," he crowed to a right-wing radio host.

These contentions are laughably false, as readers of The Washington Post know. Even high-profile conservative economists -- including experts at the American Enterprise Institute, Hoover Institution, Cato Institute, and Mercatus Center -- have criticized Moore for his wrong, intellectually dishonest and politically malleable economic positions.

But for those who (understandably) haven't been following along, here are the non-gender-related highlights:

1. Moore can't tell whether prices are going up or down. This is an important thing to know if you're on the Fed, half of whose dual mandate is stable prices.


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