Have we had enough of this stupid joke already? Apparently not!! Regardless, we are suddenly in the last few days being innundated with articles complaining that President Obama is appointing only men to the top positions in his second term. We have this one in the New York Times, another one in the Washington Post, The Huffington Post, One News, and this terrific one from Foreign Affairs which says that Obama needs "hormone therapy." From whence comes this embarrassment of riches?
Lots of people like myself have been complaining for YEARS that the president isn't gender friendly. We've complained that his cabinet was no more gender friendly than President George W. Bush, and never reached the high bar that the Clinton Administration did in appointing the most female cabinet members ever. We've written about it over and over again----check out the archives of this blog for starters.
We Hillary supporters have been consistently browbeaten and belittled for deigning to speak up and criticize Obama on this score. There have been numerous attempts to silence us, shout us down, point out irrelevant things to get us off this subject. We were told over and over again that of course the president is woman friendly----he has a wife and two daughters!!! How that makes him female friendly in the sense that he would appoint more women is beyond me.
In the end most of us, and there have been millions of us, just decided to leave these people alone and let them have their derangement. There is no talking sense to someone who has so drunk the koolaid that they have lost their minds, their bearings, their pleasant disposition, and their committment to women's advancement.
But lo and behold-----is a new day dawning? I mean, now that our president can't be reelected anymore, is what we are hearing the stirrings of a Democratic Party and media that may have decided that it is FINALLY the turn of women to be elected president and elected 50% of Congress, and chosen for power positions?
We are flooded with articles about how the Democrats MUST have a woman on the ticket in 2016------From NY Magazine's piece on how Democratic women will settle for nothing less, to the right leaning Newsmax, to Politico's "looking for the Right woman" (THAT is a subject for another day, this idea of the "right" woman), and more here, here, and here. And honestly, these articles are just the tip of the iceberg. Seems like the ideas of a woman president and the lack of women appointees in the Obama administration may have FINALLY caught on in the Democratic camp.
I and many like me, again, saw this entire landscape 4 years ago, and we were pummeled for it. I must say that it is not a fun thing being ahead of the times, being the canary in the mine. To speak the truth before people were ready to hear it opened many of us up to hatemail, death threats, loss of friendships, estrangement from family, and all other manner of shunning by Democrats, the main of whom were not willing to entertain any criticism of the direction that they were taking. We were bullied, called racist, racist, racist for not conforming to the marching orders of the day. I could write volumes about the treatment we 4 million or so who left the Democrats received.
So after all of that, the very things we were hated for are now the every day dialogue of the Democrats. Is the koolaid wearing off?
Before I go off and get too sour and bitter, I must stop myself. What is the most important thing? Getting a woman to the top of both tickets in 2016. And if I must align myself with these slowpokes who are finally coming around to facing the challenges of making that happen, well gang, that is what politics is all about. The old conventional wisdom was that one must be careful of the enemies one makes because you just might need their support on another issue another day. And of course there's the ubiquitous "politics makes strange bedfellows."
We need this groundswell right now, and I'm hoping it's not a passing fad. Even if the Democrats decide that it is a woman's turn, it will still not be easy turning that into reality. The sexists are still there waiting to have some fun again, and they will need to be shouted down and shamed. In order to do that, our army needs to be vast-----on every virtual and real street corner in the land. I'm not going to rejoin the Democrats, but I will align myself with them if it's about getting more women elected. I won't forget what they did in 2008, and I won't be trusting them. But we need their numbers.
On an opposite note, I'm waiting for the dust to settle on the Republican side and for them to sort themselves out before they get back in the fray in a serious way. I read a piece about William Kristol in Politico discussing the many interlocking interests and groups he has put together on the Republican side as well as what he's planning for a Republican comeback. I do find him an intriguing character worth listening to most of the time. However, if he is going to be one of the upcoming kingmakers on the Republican side, that doesn't bode well for women. There still seems to be an antiwoman bias on the Republican side that gives sexists alot to hide behind. But the real problem with Kristol is that he is the one who discovered Sarah Palin and who enthusiastically supported her for VP and he has paid such a political price for it that he will be unlikely to promote any women in the future.
Although New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez appears regularly on most Republican short lists for President in 2016, I fear that she is simply a piece of window dressing. But I am waiting to see if the idea of promoting women on the Republican side gains some currency in order to improve Republican electoral chances in the future. It should. After all, there is a very plausible case to be made about how Republican economic policies are extremely women friendly, a case that Republican conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers makes like none other. If the Republicans take a pass on these ideas come 2016, they will be shooting themselves in the foot. Of the two parties, they have the better bench when it comes to women who can run for president. I'm wishin' and hopin' on that score.....
So we will see what's happening-------fad or serious trend. Only time will tell....