Ok, so, out of curiosity, I went looking to try to determine why McCain did not pick one of the “other, more experienced Republican women” people keep mentioning. Usually, the “other” Republican women are mentioned in the explanation, “I’m not sexist, I’m not against Republican women, I just wish McCain had picked one of the other, more experienced Republican women.”
Yeah, right. I can’t say I was surprised to find that “experience” was probably not the real issue.
Here’s the summary of all current Republican women senators and Republican women governors since 2000. All info is from Wikipedia and the website www.ontheissues.org (any mistakes in transposing info are my own; if I’ve missed something, let me know. “Pro-choice” means the person specifically said that abortion is a “right” and/or that it should remain legal):
Linda Lingle, 2nd term governor of Hawai’i, 55 yrs: pro-choice, against partial birth abortion
Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey, 61 yrs: pro-choice, vetoed a ban on partial birth abortion
Susan Collins, Senator from Maine since 1997, 55 yrs: pro-choice, voted against partial birth abortion ban
Elizabeth Dole, Senator from North Carolina since 2003, 72 yrs: 0% rating from NARAL, 100% rating from National Right to Life Committee
Lisa Murkowski, Senator from Alaska since 2002, 51 yrs: voted for partial birth abortion ban, but pro-choice
Olympia Snowe, Senator from Maine since 1995, 61 yrs: pro-choice, supports “gay rights”
Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Senator from Texas since 1993, 65 yrs: pro-choice
Jane Dee Hull, former governor of Arizona, 73 yrs: no Wikipedia info on abortion position
Judy Martz, former governor of Montana, 65 yrs: finished term in disgrace, no Wikipedia info on abortion position
Olene Smith Walker, former governor of Utah, 77 yrs: no Wikipedia info on abortion
M. Jodi Rell, governor of Connecticut, 62 yrs: signed the first legislation in the U.S. to give gay “civil unions” full recognition and the 300+ rights given to marriages without being forced by a court, pro-choice
Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, 44 yrs: pro-life
Are we clear now on why McCain picked Governor Palin and not one of the “other Republican women”? Out of this entire list, the only not completely pro-abortion women are Governor Palin, Senator Dole, and maybe former governors Hull, Martz, and Walker. Eliminate those over 70 (McCain is already an “older” candidate and would logically want an at least somewhat younger running mate) and the apparently disgraced Martz…
And you’re left with only Governor Sarah Palin.
It also explains why all the left-leaning pundits would’ve been happier with just about any Republican woman except Palin.
Many Democrats (including Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson) were pro-life before they considered running for national office; then, suddenly, they became “older and wiser” and decided that they didn’t know, so they’d lean in favor of “women’s right to choose,” because, of course, the Democrats weren’t going to nominate anyone with even moderately “anti-choice” views.
It’s sad that women seem to be in the same mental straightjacket. As Governor Palin is again making clear, being a pro-life woman in politics means you are fair game for any and all accusations against your womanhood. “She’s a traitor to her gender.” “She’s a slave to the men running the right wing.” “Is she too stupid to know about birth control?”
Considering that women tend to be more pro-life than men, these statistics on women politicians just don’t make sense. Again, it looks like women have been freed from the restrictions of the patriarchy to be subjected to the restrictions of the feminists.