2012: Year of the woman?

Could four more years bring us nine more female candidates for POTUS?


Lynn Harris
October 8, 2008 6:55PM (UTC)

Because we support female candidates for office just because they are women, no matter how stone-cold bat shit faux-folksy or parsel-tongued, whose politics and very presence embody the promise of equal opportunity, civil rights, diversity, and compassion, it's tempting -- if not encouraging -- to look ahead to 2012 (assuming that we are not, by then, swimming with the polar bears). One blogger (handle: "betterdonkeys") at MyDD has done just that, offering this speculative list of nine possible (remotely and otherwise) female candidates for president, four years hence. (This is not about replacing -- kinehora, ptui ptui ptui -- Obama, by the way. Just a pretty glimpse of what the field could look like.)

On MyDD's roster's top tier:

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-- Kathleen Sebelius, whose term as Kansas governor is up in 2010, at which time she could have a shot at Sam Brownback's Senate seat -- and at being Kansas' first Democratic senator since the publication of "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939).

-- Janet Napolitano, whose term as governor of Arizona ends in 2010. Did somebody say Arizona? You betcha. MyDD favors a "clash of the titans challenge to McCain for his Senate seat; if she could defeat him, her star would certainly rise to the top of 2016 contenders."

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, ladies and gentlemen.

Also: Claire McCaskill, Amy Klobuchar, plus a handful of other fun-to-think-about long shots (including Darcy Burner).

Not that all of these women would necessarily run all at once. But! "Our bench is deep, and we will have a group of competent and accomplished female politicians as options," the post continues, also noting: "We ... should recognize that gender equality in politics is not the politics of tokenism, of appointing someone hopelessly overmatched for the position solely on the basis of gender. I have wondered if the Palin nomination would create something of an 'arms race' between the two parties to achieve true gender equality in politics. If this happens, then bring it."


Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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