This I Just Don't Get
by Reaper0Bot0, Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 01:42:51 PM EDT
I want to start by saying that I am in no way dissing Senator Clinton in this diary. That's not my intent, and nothing I'm going to write serves that purpose. This is limited to the central issue I will outline.
Why do some folks insist that if it isn't Hillary it cannot be some other woman? I get the impression that some folks, female and male, think that in the hypothetical that Obama picks another woman, his reasoning will have had to have been "Well, this ought to shut 'em up" or some other such absurdity. So let's think this one through....
We've got two experienced and effective female governors in Red states. I'll focus on Sebelius, out of these two (I prefer her), and I'll leave out Senator McCaskill as she's too green for this ticket.
What if Obama were to hypothetically pick Sebelius because she resonates very well with his message of post-partisanship and cooperation? Admittedly he's got other choices (Schweitzer comes immediately to mind), but Governor Sebelius has a lot of things going for her. She's been able to get elected and remain fairly popular in Kansas. I do not suggest that she puts Kansas into play, mind you, but she would fit one compelling narrative. She brings a lot to the table before you even consider the fact that she's a woman.
Exactly why would it be some kind of evil for Senator Obama to choose her? She's strong on the abortion issue, and while not the best public speaker we've got in the party right now, that isn't exactly where Obama needs help.
Look, if Obama picked someone like McCaskill or a back-bencher in a way that obviously demonstrated tokenism, I'd be pissed. If he picks a Red state governor who's been effective and with whom he gets along, and that governor turns out to be a woman, how in the hell can people reasonably get mad at him?
For what its worth, Sebelius isn't my first choice. The bumper stickers alone would be hell (Obama-Sebelius '08). That being said, I consider it incredibly insulting that someone like her being on the ticket would be seen as, somehow, bad for women.