I need to whine a little bit, and darn it----I HATE whining!!! Normally, I'm more of a "let's figure it out and move forward" kind of person, but I'm stuck in a place right now and I haven't figured out how to proceed yet.
Here's the deal-----and I'm sure some of you are sitting there saying "DUH!!!!" But I'm a bit of a Pollyanna, and I like to believe that people are generally good and that I can appeal to that side of them. Humph!!!! That's not happening right now!!!!
Well, I've had this idea that I've been writing about over the last several months that we are going to have to make a stink and an uproar if we are going to convince anyone that they should nominate a female VP. My thinking is that the Republican nominee would generally benefit in every conceivable way if he were to choose a woman to be on the ticket with him. There is really a trove of very very talented women on the Republican side that would make terrific VPs (HBO's VEEP notwithstanding----but that's another story/headache) starting with former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Republican Conference Vice Chair Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and the list goes on and on.
Now that there is a presumptive nominee on the Republican side, the rumor mill is working overtime in the media contemplating what type of VP would benefit Mitt Romney the most. Hispanic or swing state person? Chris Christie? Sober types like our own Ohio Senator Rob Portman or former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Some of the women are even mentioned from time to time. You even hear at times that the rank and file Republicans put Condi Rice at the top of their lists.
So I decided that it was time to speak up about the importance of putting a woman on the ticket, specifically that idea. I've written alot about the problems that women face right now being considered for the ticket, the main one being the "Palin effect." Funny that. Almost always in every conceivable media mention of women on the ticket it is mentioned about how difficult it would be to nominate a woman because of what happened to Sarah Palin in 2008. And no one EVER puts up an argument to rebut this ridiculous idea. Whatever happened to Sarah Palin in 2008 won't likely happen again in 2012 because we have learned and we will be better prepared. It just burns me up that whenever a man screws up or isn't successful at something no one EVER says that we can't nominate another man because it didn't work out with the last one. It is just so BLINDLY sexist.
But I am getting ahead of myself. I have retained a number of media contacts both in print and on TV and cable on all sides of the political spectrum. As you know, I had my run on all of the shows in 2008 for a few months as we protested the treatment of Hillary Clinton. I was at both conventions and on TV alot. I didn't do it to get on TV so I could glorify myself. I'm not a press hog. To be honest, I'm always a little uncomfortable being put in that situation. But sometimes I'm willing to stand up before others do, so I find my face on camera at times.
I decided to contact my sources, the media bookers that I know, and I discussed my idea with them that they haven't had anyone on to promote the idea of a female VP blah blah blah. I was told GREAT---let's do it, just call back while I run the idea by our principle who really likes you and who I'm sure will be happy to have you on. Well guess what happened????? Total silence and stonewalling. Total.
I also wrote up an op-ed piece with a great friend of mine who specializes in this sort of thing, wants to help, but needs to stay in the background. She always makes my writing so much better, tighter, and more provocative keeping the piece within the correct number of words needed for a submission of this type. It is a GREAT piece which outlines how vulnerable and soft the female support for Obama is and how Romney could really capitalize on this by nominating a woman VP. It was a beautifully argued piece if I do say so myself. I contacted my media sources once again. And once again TOTAL SILENCE and stonewalling. If we don't ever get the thing published, I'll put it up on the blog. But I'm far from giving up.
I've read through Anita Finlay's book "Dirty Words on Clean Skin" and in it she talks in a very interesting way about this media blindness phenomenon when it comes to women's advancement. The media just doesn't see how their actions and memes keep women from breaking through the various glass ceilings. And while all of you say "duh----of course it's there," I am defiant enough to want to ignore it and plow my way over, under, around, or through it. There must be a way. I'm just sitting here trying to figure out how to get the word out that there ARE women out here who want to see a woman nominated for VP in 2012. And I think that there are lots and lots of them----men too!! We have four and a half months until the conventions and I believe that anything can happen between now and then for this cause of a woman VP.
But I never ever want it to be said that a woman wasn't nominated because there was never any indication that women wanted a woman VP. How can we get the word out there if no one is willing to help us get the word out? Right now it's a catch-22-----damned if we do and damned if we don't. Reminds me of Sarah Palin being criticized for working and not staying at home with her 5 kids, and Ann Romney being criticized for not working and staying at home with her 5 kids. Uh----please decide which one it is----ok? You can't have both at the same time!!!! It's the bind we find ourselves in.
So I'm just simmering over here in Columbus, OH trying to figure out what my next move is. I'm NOT giving up until the Convention has passed. That gives us around 140 days to find the way forward. And don't forget that if the Republicans put up a woman for VP-----what might the Democrats do in return??So I'm whining tonight and maybe even tomorrow. But we've only just started to try to break through with this message. Got to find a way to thread this needle. Time's a wasting.........