Friday, May 23, 2014

Blatant Rudeness and subtle sexism

Let’s keep in mind as we are entering the primary season for the 2014 mid term election cycle, that Hillary Rodham Clinton has not even announced her bid for the 2016 presidential race and the smear campaign has already begun.  

Here are few snapshots of ridiculousness in action:

1.  The media blitz around the idea that welcoming a grandchild might somehow derail a presidential bid that hasn’t even been declared yet.  How many grandkids does Mitt Romney have?  And how many grandchildren did he welcome into his family while campaigning for the 2012 presidential race?   And was the growth of Mitt’s extended family even a part of the discussion about whether that makes him fit for the highest office in our country?  Has being a grandparent even entered into the national debate...ever?  My memory says no.

2.  Karl Rove’s comments about Clinton’s supposed traumatic brain injury.  On the surface this argument did not trigger the sexism warning signal to me, only the what are you so afraid of warning signal...but then...

3.  Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairperson, followed that up on Meet the Press with this:

"I think that health and age is fair game," Priebus said. "It was fair game for Ronald Reagan. It was fair game for John McCain."
Yes, Priebus it was fair game and it was pretty short lived in past elections.  Only, I’m pretty sure you’re attempting to play off of the “equality card” out of one side of your mouth and the “tisk tisk an old lady shouldn’t be trusted card” out of the other side.  So let’s be real.
Statistically speaking women outlive men, so the age factor is quite inconsequential if you ask me.  Yes, she had a fall and dealt with some health issues...so what.  If you want to treat this next presidential cycle with the equality it deserves, then let’s stick to character and policy.   I know you said you were sticking to qualifications, but then again, your message was mixed.  Who knows which two people will face off in the 2016 race, let’s take our time tearing the allusion of opposition down before the time has come. 

FTR I was this riled up when witnessing how the press and opposition dealt with Sarah Palin in the 2008 election cycle, so I'm not just slinging mud because of ideological differences.  I hated the Newsweek cover and several other photos they released....for similar reasons.  Blatant Rudeness and subtle sexism.
I won’t vote for a president merely because they share the same anatomy as me...I vote for president based upon which person I place the most trust in.  Political party isn’t necessarily a factor, gender isn’t necessarily a factor, faith background or ethnicity isn’t necessarily a factor.  Potential FLOTUS/FMOTUS isn’t necessarily a factor.  

Getting the job done well is the factor I rest my decision on.  My crystal ball informs me that we have a long political journey to November 2016.  Off to cue up House of Cards, Alpha House, and my old standby The West Wing.  I can handle the ridiculousness in fantasy...

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