2007/01/29

Senate Soccer Moms? Hell Yes!

This morning's NY Times poses the question of whether or not female candidates highlighting their role as mothers (grandmothers) is a savvy political move, especially in the US where politicians have typically been judged on their so-called 'strength', their tough mindedness. And the answer, at least to my mind is: "Hell Yes!" Or perhaps, "Why are we even discussing this? It's 2007 for God's sake!"

Perhaps if we had more soccer moms in the Senate we wouldn't have spent $350B on a war that has made us manifestly less safe. Perhaps the nation's priorities might achieve a little balance, rather than swinging from the domestic to international on the election cycle. Perhaps we'd be taking the long view on profound issues like climate change, rather than a tragically, perhaps suicidally, short view.

And you know what? It's not even really a gender thing. Men should be judged on the same playing field. Now there's some true equality for you. "Hey Newt, how many kids did you raise, and why did you abandon their mother while she was in the hospital struggling with cancer, you philandering waste of genetic material?!"

I've dumped on Senator Clinton a lot in recent months, but one thing you will not hear me say is that her role as a mother and her advocacy of children's issues makes her in any way less qualified to be president. Quite the contrary, one of the things that I find most admirable about the Clinton's is that they raised, by all accounts and under very difficult circumstances, a smart, mature, well-adjusted child. By contrast, the Bush's raised a pair of vain, spoiled, self-indulgent twits. Does this make Senator Clinton better suited to the job than former Governor Bush? Damn right it does!

Nonetheless, the cro-magnon lobby will keep trying to push the position that 'strength' is all that matters. After all, as the Japanese Health Minister so eloquently put it, women are just "Birth-giving Machines". Yeah, not like that takes any strength.

21 Comments:

"Soccer Moms" was created by the MSM out of thin air. I too, read the same article you did, and I think it was just a plant. The world's best Mom can be a bomb as Senator....vice versa. This "all of you can be determined by one thing" is a divide and conquer game. I don't care if she's a part time hooker. If she gets the job done in office, she's got my vote!!
I have to agree and disagree with you about the difference in the way the Bush twins and Clinton's daughter turned out. I believe parenting styles can and do make a difference, but I also believe that some children are just too headstrong and contrary to be shaped by their parents. I know, because I have a couple of kids that made me tear out my hair, but I also have children who turned out completely mature, upstanding and responsible.

Of course, in the twins case, maybe their father's "party" genes make all the difference!
"By contrast, the Bush's raised a pair of vain, spoiled, self-indulgent twits. Does this make Senator Clinton better suited to the job than former Governor Bush? Damn right it does!"
I am in complete recipricol concurrence.
The world's best Mom can be a bomb as Senator...

TFWY... Indeed, but I think that what I was trying to say--perhaps less successfully than I'd hoped--is that the "whole" person should be considered, and this question posed by the NYT is nonsensical.

Kathy...but wouldn't a voter have the obligation to consider...say...the fact that I choose not to have kids as a factor in evaluating how effective I'd be at addressing education or other children's issues? I guess what I'm saying is that it's something to consider. Maybe not the whole enchilada, but worth considering.
I think that anyone with a focus on children deserves a real look as a potential for getting my vote. I especially like teachers.

I think good parents can have bad kids and bad parents could have good ones. There is a lot of influence parents have, but it also depends on the desire of the kid to learn and grow, and who that kid finds as friends and influences. I grew up in a poor, racist, homophobic family, but I loved to read and talk to people and found my own way.
i'm all for more women in politics in general, the ballance of strengths is provides is desirable imo
I think that anyone with a focus on children deserves a real look as a potential for getting my vote. I especially like teachers.

Ah... I miss Paul Wellstone... [sniff]

No argument from me. After all today's 20 and 30 year olds will be in charge when I'm in my dottage, and I want them to be as smart and as capable as they can be.

PhoenixNYC, thanks for stopping by. Another instance of my complete agreement. :-)
As much as I personally am not over-impressed with the Senator from NY, Senator Clinton has obviously managed to impress the voters of the State of New York, and I will give her an opportunity to "impress" me, although thus far she's seemed rather shrill and... well... bitchy.

I will say that her political posing on the White House lawn a few days after the Billy & Monica story broke in the media - smiling and looking for all the world like a happy housewife - did little to inspire my confidence in her veracity. Sorry, but if I hear my hubby is playing "hide the cigar" with another female, I'm not going to look like Mrs. Cleaver 3 days later.

Oh, and TUA? "Soccer Moms" are not some abberation dreamed up by the MSM. I don't know where you live, but I live in the western suburbs of Chicago, and believe me, the SUV-driving, unemployed females with soccer-ball stickers in the rear window and a "I have a honor roll student at Pre-school Academy" stickers on the bumper are rampant. The unemployed leeches tangle up traffic and are a freaking menace to society.

Just sayin'
We really have not come very far...
Oh dear, give the twins a break. Having an alcoholic cheerleader for a daddy and an over-medicated librarian for a mommy is bound to create chaos in their delicate little psyches.

And, by the way, Hillary deserves loud kudos for her stance after Wild Willie was ...uh...exposed. Smiling your way through a homicidal rage is a plus in my book. She should be able to deal with the Swift Boating Slime without being indicted.
Hell, I'd be happy with more soccer.
Does this make Senator Clinton better suited to the job than former Governor Bush? Damn right it does!

RAmen, brother! It's that side of Hil which makes me so mad, and yes, sad that she seems to lack the political will to call out Bu$hCo as the criminally deranged bunch of lunatics they are.

Who knows, maybe she was too busy (no sarcasm) studying domestic policy to really take the necessarily difficult look at the Pat Act and subsequent Reign of Terror launched by Shrub. While I find that a rather substantial "slip" for a U.S. Senator, much less one with Presidential aspirations, I can hardly pick her out for condemnation on the point.

Alas, I fear she's corrupted herself, through and through when it comes to standing up against thugs and bullies. Until she proffers more than mere platitudes and fuzzy words of possibly Liberal wisdom, I'll not be able to seriously consider casting my vote here way.

Besides, I think it's the duty of the Congress to make, incidentally but none-the-less, the first woman President be Nancy Pelosi, at least for a year and a half and regardless of whe'er or not she wants the job.

BTW, I too took the New Blogger plunge over the weekend. {sigh} Is a relief to have the switch behind me, eh.

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Sorry, but if I hear my hubby is playing "hide the cigar" with another female, I'm not going to look like Mrs. Cleaver 3 days later.

I'll not critique that take in the least. I'll just suggest that it isn't as Dominant as many would like to think. Many folks - though I've never been one of them - do indeed have quite successful open marriages, with wonderful children and regardless of how many, or how few, of their close friends and associates know of the fact.
I would pay good money to see the Japanse Prime Minister give birth through his penis.
I really, really would.
Michael... Since the Patriot Act was rammed through the House and Senate without even a proper reading, I don't fault Senator Clinton, nor many of the Democrats for that matter. Not repealing it, on the other hand, a whole different can-o-worms.

Hmmm... Nancy Pelosi as Pres? Have to think on that.

Old Broad... The Prime Minister is supposedly having fits about the bonehead statements coming out of his staff.
I think we should make being a mom a requirement for holding office. Just think of all the medical researchers going crazy trying to implant wombs in the guys. Could be a fun time.
I came on here to comment, but got distracted by the previous comments and forgot what I wanted to say. So now all I can add is ditto Peacechick Mary!! LOL!!
I'm with Peacechick. You always see those oh so staged pictures of male politicians and their happy families. Well they didn't give birth to those kids. Strength? Being in labor 17 hours, that's the definition of strength!
Peacechick... I have it on good authority that men can carry children in their calves or that sometimes the kids spring from their foreheads. So there!

Pam...it happens. :-)

Fashiongirl... I can see it now:

Specter: [blah,blah,blah,blah...]
Boxer: Filibuster my ass! I was in labor...for seventeen f*cking hours. NOW SIT DOWN!
You're the man!
"Soccer Moms" are not some abberation dreamed up by the MSM. I don't know where you live, but I live in the western suburbs of Chicago, and believe me, the SUV-driving, unemployed females with soccer-ball stickers in the rear window and a "I have a honor roll student at Pre-school Academy" stickers on the bumper are rampant. The unemployed leeches tangle up traffic and are a freaking menace to society.

Sew? I didn't know that we lived in such parrallel worlds. . .we'll have to trade stories. ;)

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