OK---is it this:
or is it this:
Or is it really more like this:
So we're not going to have a woman VP this go round. That sucks-----really it sucks big time. I suppose I could have a giant tantrum about the whole thing. I mean, NOW what are we going to do?
Well, as far as I'm concerned, I'm keeping it in perspective. This presidential race just got infinitely less interesting for me. No history will be made for women in this regard in 2012. Yawn.
HOWEVER, I've got to remember that this is one battle lost, albeit a big battle. I'm disappointed in Mitt Romney, but not enough to not vote for him. Sorry Obama fans. For me this election isn't about the war on women or any of the other concocted memes. I still have not forgotten that the Obama machine ran one of the most sexist campaigns in order to win in 2008. The O-gang used every sexist tool at their disposal to vanquish Hillary Clinton (or steal the nomination depending on who you talk to). Then they turned around and did it again, only worse, against Sarah Palin. That group will never be anything BUT sexist to me. And I haven't forgotten that Mitt Romney chose not to go down that road when running against Michele Bachmann. He could have used all of the sexist tools out there, but he didn't.
I'm not saying that the Republicans aren't guilty of a boatload of sexism themselves. I'm just saying as I always do that when the Republicans use sexism, at least they don't tout themselves as the party for women while they're sticking the shiv in like the Democrats do.
And at least Romney chose boldly and not the typical white bread choice that many feared. If it had to be a guy, I would have preferred Chris Christie. OMG would I have loved watching him stick it to the Obama folks day in and day out with the outstanding talent he has for that. Sigh. I guess he can still do it anyways and I'm sure he will. However, my second if-it-had-to-be-a-man choice was Paul Ryan. With Ryan, Romney is taking a huge risk, and I am glad to see him take it. Ryan is a serious guy with ideas worth talking about. Not that the Democrats are going to talk about any of that. No siree. The Dems are ready with the rhetoric that Ryan wants to take away your Medicare, Social Security, birth control, your Planned Parenthood, your future. My hope is that the Romney machine is ready to deal with that stuff effectively. After all, I think we deserve to have the debate on how we are going to manage our financial future as a nation, and Ryan is the only one out there willing to stand up with a respectable plan and take his lumps and defend his plan. And his plan is NOT about gutting Social Security, Medicare, taking away your rights as a woman, etc. Those are just rhetorical scare tactics used by the Dems to keep their voters in line. I only pray that we can get past that and get on with the fix. Ryan is a bold choice for having the guts to stand for something and Romney has to get credit for taking this principled and rather tough stand. It could go either way for him. It is a gamble.
So where does that leave us women who were hoping for a woman VP? There's no sugar coating that this is a huge disappointment. It would have been terrific had our favorite scenario played out. But alas, it hasn't so we need to take stock and move ahead.
So what good came out of all of this? First of all, for the first time, multiple women were considered as viable VP possibilities. I know that that idea seems like a loser's booby prize, but it really isn't. I can't remember a time when so many women's names were being bandied about in such a serious fashion. Names like Condi Rice, Nikki Haley, Susanna Martinez, Kelly Ayotte, Cathy McMorris Rodgers. These are names we heard not once or twice, but over and over again. Women with experience who were given the gravitas we haven't seen being given in such a large and serious way by the MSM ever. It shows that the Republicans have a deep bench of great women and we haven't heard the end of any of them yet. Ok, we didn't cross the finish line, but the fact of the critical mass of all of these women is no small matter.
Secondly, the whole idea that we have never had a woman president or VP is an idea that is gaining some momentum. Of course that momentum is awfully SLOW in coming, but there is momentum in that direction nonetheless. We need to keep the conversation going about why we have never had a female president or VP. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and we need to keep talking talking talking about when will the U.S. EVER have a female chief executive. People are being prepared to reach the moment when they realize that it has been a huge oversight that we've never had a woman at the top and that it is time to remedy it. We should be writing and talking for the next 4 years about all of the amazing women on both sides of the aisle who would be awesome leaders of our great country. It apparently will take more time for this idea to sink in.
But we mustn't be discouraged. Discouragement and quitting won't help anything. All they accomplish is taking longer to reach the goal. And I still believe that the goal of a woman president or VP will create more progress for women than anything else. Once people get used to seeing a woman in charge, it will be easier to see women running more things. And there is no more symbolic leader than the president of the U.S. The ripple effect of a female president would be stunning for the future of girls everywhere and to reach that long-yearned-for goal of female power parity.
One other side note to this election cycle is that there are more women running for Congress than ever before on both sides of the aisle. There is talk that we could even end up the election season with women holding 20% of the seats rather than 17% of the seats. I know, I know. That isn't much better and that is true. But at least it's forward motion. We ought to help that momentum out whenever possible.
Lastly, the 2008 cycle brought out all of the good and the bad about women running for the highest office in the land. We need to keep building on the good. The subject of women's lack of leadership is being discussed at the highest levels. Both political sides have spawned many groups to help women get elected to office, groups that didn't exist before 2008. And as much as some people hate to admit it, we owe a debt to John McCain for having had the guts to put Sarah Palin on his ticket. The presence of Palin caused a renaissance and resurgence of females into government on the Republican side, something that was badly missing on the political landscape. I get so sick of all of the snickering, sophomoric bloviating against Sarah Palin. Much good has come for women because of her presence on the ticket. We need to be touting that loudly all of the time. It has proven our point that a woman at the head of the ticket will open many doors for others. Let's keep the good talk going and soon enough the good times will roll for all of us women. Our time is here.........