Republican women have been in positions of tremendous leadership for decades upon decades. From Nellie Tayloe Ross’s election to the Wyoming governor’s office in 1924 to Gladys Price’s service as the Senator from Georgia in 1938, it’s not like Republican women have been unrepresented. Their strong representation continues.
So this why McCain’s pick for vice president is truly insulting. If he was truly interested in picking a woman who has leadership qualities, experience and a track record that extends farther back than 21 months, here is a list that he should have considered.
Kay Bailey Hutchinson – Senator from Texas
Olene Walker – Governor of Utah
Elizabeth Dole – Senator from North Carolina and Former Secretary of Transportation and Labor
Olympia Snowe – Senator from Maine
Susan Collins – Senator from Maine
Lisa Murkowski – Senator from Alaska
Condolezza Rice – Secretary of State
Christine Todd Whitman – Former Governor of New Jersey, Former Secretary of the Interior
What the choice of Sarah Palin shows is that McCain is comfortable with women only if they don’t match his skill level or experience. Apparently, instead of choosing someone who could be a real partner, a qualified leader, McCain only wants a prop.