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female outrage is pushing more women to run for office

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by leashedForLife, May 16, 2018 at 1:42 PM.

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    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

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    an unprecedented number of actual & possible female candidates are jumping into the shark-infested waters of U-S politics.

    Sadly, women in the U-S have a long history of NOT running, even for offices they're qualified for - while Merikan men have an equally-long history of running for offices they are unqualified for, with our sitting POTUS serving as the ultimate role-model for unqualified office-seekers.
    [It's a bit like the Peter Principle - everybody is promoted until they're out of their depth, then they stay there. o_O ]

    Nationally:
    Record-breaking number of women run for office

    2018 Midterm Elections: The Women Running for Office During the Trump Era | The New Yorker

    At least 7 women, possibly more, are now Democratic candidates in Pennsy - my conservative natal-state, a largely rural & highly-agricultural area.

    Trumpster narrowly won there in 2016; all these Fs are running for the House of Reps, & they LINK: won Democratic primaries on Tuesday - currently, Pennsy's HoR delegation is all-male.
    All won in redrawn districts - Pa’s congressional map had been gerrymandered, favoring Republicans. // Democrats now have a shot at flipping at least 3, & possibly up to 6, House seats there.

    I'm hoping to see progressive change - statewide, regionally, & nationally.
    - terry

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    QUOTE,
    "This year’s wave of female candidates has some striking features besides its sheer size. There is also a great deal of diversity within the group: more women of color than previous electoral years, plus a number of immigrants. There are more female [armed-forces] veterans than we’ve seen before; & women are representing both sides of the aisle.
    Mikie Sherrill, a mother of four running as a Democrat in New Jersey, is a good example: she was a Navy helicopter pilot, then a Federal prosecutor. "It's a new image & a different résumé,” Debbie Walsh, director of Rutgers Univ.’s Center for American Women & Politics, said.
    At the same time, there's less expectation that these women will conform to dated ideas of female politicians: donning boxy red blazers, presenting picture-perfect family lives, & keeping personal stories discreetly in the background.
    A number of women running this year are young & single. Some of those with children explicitly incorporate their identities as mothers into their appeals to voters. At least two gubernatorial candidates - Krish Vignarajah, in Maryland, & Kelda Roys, in Wisconsin - produced campaign ads in which they breast-feed their babies while discussing their political positions.

    The last time the overwhelming gender imbalance among U-S elected officials was challenged this forcefully was in 1992, the so-called 'Year of the Woman'.
    Twenty-four women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives that year- the largest group ever, in a single election. The number of women in the Senate tripled - though as there were only three to begin with, the resulting total wasn’t a throng.
    One advantage women had that year? - an unusual number of open seats, though it's possible more seats will open, potentially narrowing the gap.
    Walsh says that part of her center’s job this year has been to temper some of the runaway enthusiasm about a new Year of the Woman. After all, she says, incumbents at all levels have historically won about ninety-five per cent of the time. On the other hand, the politics of the Trump era are sui generis, & recent election results that might be taken as harbingers of the midterms have been, for women and Democrats, encouraging. Last November, for example, the Virginia state legislature replaced eleven men in the House of Delegates with women, including the first Latina, the first Asian-American, & the first transgender woman to be elected to the chamber. When conventional wisdom is up in the air, Walsh said, "some of our assumptions based on past performance, given the moment we’re in, might not translate to Election 2018."
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    I will here note that Ol' Virginny is so incredibly conservative, in fact retrogressive IME of the decade-plus that i spent there in durance vile, that it makes Pennsy look downright radical - compared to Ye Olde Dominion, Penn's Woods starts to look like California on a bad day.
    Ex:
    It took TEN YEARS to pass a simple bill that allowed State Police to warn motorists driving without a seat-belt, that they were endangering themselves - & the officer had to have stopped the vehicle for another legitimate unrelated reason, B4 they could issue that verbal warning. :eek: All this b/c passing a bill to make seat-belts mandatory was "an invasion of privacy" in the bastions of Virginia. // Stunning stoopidity - while i lived there, ppl frequently died in under-35-mph accidents, after being catapulted thru the windshield, decapitated, or their torsos were impaled on some object.
    Similar accidents with the occupants properly seat-belted caused nothing worse than bruises.

    So hearing that VA now has not only 11 women, but Latina, Asian, & transgender among them, is amazing.
    There may be hope yet - however, the state HoD in Va is a part-time legislature that meets for just 3-mos per year, in the dead of winter, so that the Honored Delegates can hurry back to their plantations before spring sowing. [Not a joke - that's why the legislature meets as it does, & so briefly, staggering thru a year's worth of work in about 90-days.]

    I will await developments with interest. :)
    - terry

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