Monday, September 1, 2008

Being Annoyed II

Not much can be more annoying than stonewalling, subverting, and confusing the all-important legitimate matter of the preparedness of the Vice Presidential candidate (one who could lead the Free World) with issues of women's rights. In this case, one has nothing to do with the other. This candidate has every right to be a vice president; she simply seems unqualified for the position. Please let's not conflate the two.

The American people need to know who this woman is. If we didn't, what would that say about us? More importantingly, what does this say about Senator McCain? After all, she is chosen by one man (or one party) and not by the American people en masse. If the election is won by her Party, she will be one heartbeat away from the presidency. Should she not be vetted? Obviously, she was not.

All of the women pundits who are speaking on behalf of the competence and preparedness of this vice presidential candidate makes us all look really bad, even the qualified ones such as Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Olympia Jeanne snow -- even Meg Whitman for that matter. Yes, this VP candidate may be a good mother and very nice lady. But what does this have to do with the matter at hand? Should I be the chairman of the Federal Reserve because I have owned a few businesses?

Choosing a vice presidential candidate is not about identity politics alone. There are many women and mothers who identify with the chosen candidate, but simply do not wish to see her in this position. Listen women pundits...please take a note from Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Olympia Snowe, and businesswoman Meg Whitman, and do not defend such a choice. The subterfuge is annoying and disrespectful.

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