Free Republic
Browse · Search
GOP Club
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Why Both the Dems and the GOP Now Think Voters Prefer Female Candidates
The Atlantic ^ | April 24, 2013 | Molly Ball

Posted on 04/28/2013 3:05:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

In the two-year cycle of the political calendar, it is candidate-recruitment season—the time when Washington operatives fan out across the country to size up the political horseflesh. In the months to come, they will meet with scores of state legislators, small-town mayors, community activists, and upstanding business owners, gauging which ones might have what it takes to run for a House or Senate seat, or for governor or state treasurer. These political scouts will take many qualities into account, from life story to speaking ability to baby-kissing skills. But they will be looking, in particular, for a few good women.

These days, political consultants take for granted that, all else being equal, women make more desirable candidates. Which means that Democratic and Republican operatives alike yearn for nothing more than to discover the next Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat and former natural-gas-plant director who was elected the junior senator from North Dakota last November, or Deb Fischer, a previously little-known state legislator who won a tough Republican primary and then beat former Senator Bob Kerrey on her way to the Senate last year. Democrats recently failed in their efforts to recruit the actress Ashley Judd to run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year, but the 2014 election cycle will nonetheless feature a legion of eagerly anticipated female political prospects, from Pennsylvania’s Allyson Schwartz, a Democrat preparing to seek the governorship, to West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican running for Senate. “Women make wonderful candidates for Republicans,” Mike Shields, the chief of staff at the Republican National Committee (formerly the political director of the National Republican Congressional Committee), told me. “It’s no secret our party needs to make progress with women voters, and for that, we need more women leaders.” Democrats feel the same way....

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: democrats; gop; hillary; republicans
Someone please tell me how a woman journalist writes a 1,284 word column on female candidates and never once mentions Governor Sarah Palin? Do they think that not naming her will lessen her power or some such?
1 posted on 04/28/2013 3:05:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because our nation is Cursed by God, we are Ruled by Homosexuals and Rebelious Women.


2 posted on 04/28/2013 3:08:32 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

If radical feminist women are left to their devices, they will all end up wearing the hijab just like “Speed Bump Tsarnaev’s” wife. They better get a clue and stop undermining their fathers and sons of the West before it is too late.


3 posted on 04/28/2013 3:19:22 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are the nanny state now. How did we get there? The female voters who think with their hearts and not their minds.


4 posted on 04/28/2013 3:23:33 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Some time ago we fell in love with in general who was black, attributable to some degree at least to the fact that he was African-America.

Then some of us fell in love with a female Secretary of State who was African-American, again at least partially for the same reason.

Thereafter, we fell in love with a female governor for all the right reasons but she was unable, alone and unaided, to overcome the forces arrayed against her.

Next many of us fell in love with the pizza man at least in part because he to was African-American.

Now consultants tell us the fall in love with any candidate who is female.

How about we find a conservative with charisma?


5 posted on 04/28/2013 3:44:25 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nathanbedford

Please name some.


6 posted on 04/28/2013 4:06:17 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Cruz


7 posted on 04/28/2013 4:08:35 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: nathanbedford

Not NBC, not that that matters anymore with Kenyan and Panamanian candidates.


8 posted on 04/28/2013 4:09:46 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

It won’t be long, since the two parties have noticed that voters will elect a bucket of sh-t for president, until a homosexual or lesbian candidate will be presented.

If it’s good enough for the Episcopal Church it should be good enough for America.


9 posted on 04/28/2013 4:12:59 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nathanbedford

What happened to the best person for the job?


10 posted on 04/28/2013 4:20:04 AM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: DH

EXACTLY!


11 posted on 04/28/2013 4:20:34 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: IbJensen

BUMP!!


12 posted on 04/28/2013 4:21:03 AM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
No, alas, you are quite right it does not matter, or if it does matter it matters only if the candidate is Republican. In any event, whatever flavor the candidate, the reality, as unpalatable as it is, is that we have moved into an uncertain post constitutional age.


13 posted on 04/28/2013 4:21:21 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: presently no screen name
What happened to the best person for the job?

I thought I said he/she should be a conservative and I did not think it was necessary to be redundant.


14 posted on 04/28/2013 4:23:56 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: nathanbedford
How about we find a conservative with charisma?

...and a spine...

Cruz is about it...on that list...

15 posted on 04/28/2013 4:37:46 AM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I prefer very conservative, serious Constitutional candidates.


16 posted on 04/28/2013 4:47:15 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DH
We are the nanny state now. How did we get there? The female voters who think with their hearts and not their minds.

Exactly so.

17 posted on 04/28/2013 4:48:09 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: IbJensen

Wisconsin is already there. They elected a mouthy lesbian over a competent and popular former governor.


18 posted on 04/28/2013 4:49:16 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

The left will never notice it it’s just how slow they are.


19 posted on 04/28/2013 4:59:47 AM PDT by Vaduz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...they will be looking, in particular, for a few good women.”

For what? To ramp up the war on men?


20 posted on 04/28/2013 5:03:02 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
No need to mention her.

She IS the reason!

Numbers don't lie, politicians do.

21 posted on 04/28/2013 5:11:36 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("The arrogant one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up" Jeremiah 50:32)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I prefer a man, but sorting through the current crop of congressman I don’t find but a handful of them.


22 posted on 04/28/2013 5:13:52 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have no preference between male and female candidates, or black, white, or Asian. I despise Obama because he’s pure red, and I love Sarah because she’s pure red, white, and blue. I like Rand because he’s likely better than we’ll be able to get otherwise from the GOP. I fear Hillary because she’s likely more competent than what we’ll get from the Democrats otherwise. I don’t discriminate based on race or sex, a stance that makes me a bigot in the eyes of liberals who see everything as race-centered or from the feminist perspective.


23 posted on 04/28/2013 5:22:47 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nathanbedford

Agreed that Cruz, at this point in time, appears as a genuine conservative with a fine mind, adequate voice, and a strong spine. May he inspire other conservatives to stand and dedicate themselves to public service.


24 posted on 04/28/2013 5:29:22 AM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
SARAH PALIN is the only woman that has surfaced that is qualified to be President. There are only a handful of men alive that qualify. We are rife with a government of unqualified tyrants... few are even knowledgeable on how to govern. Our current state of affairs are a prime example. America will elect a woman... most likely... and usher in the end of our republic... her name is that of the hildebeast... owned by hell, inc., just as the current tyrant-in-chief is.

I pray every day that I am wrong and I pray for the salvation of America and our way of life... one of traditional American values and a return to GOD for a nation that has grown GOD-less.

LLS

25 posted on 04/28/2013 5:43:32 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nathanbedford

I agree 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000% about Cruz. I will venture to say that Cruz is the only man in DC with morals and total honesty. He is a true conservative... a man of Reaganism... a true believer. He is an honorable man... only a handful exist in DC and this one appears to be immune to the progressive cancer that is eating away Conservatism in men like Ryan, Paul and Rubio.

LLS


26 posted on 04/28/2013 5:47:09 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: onyx

Amen sister!!!!!

LLS


27 posted on 04/28/2013 5:48:31 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: DH
How did we get there? The female voters who think with their hearts and not their minds.

Or maybe the female voters who vote between their legs instead of between their ears...

28 posted on 04/28/2013 5:49:47 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: DH
How did we get there? The female voters who think with their hearts and not their minds.

Or maybe the female voters who vote between their legs instead of between their ears...

29 posted on 04/28/2013 5:53:41 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: LibLieSlayer
Ryan, Paul and Rubio

I fear that these three are suffering from a bout of Potomac fever and have calculated that they have a better run at the nomination with Karl Rove's money than with the support of a righteous but limited number of conservatives.


30 posted on 04/28/2013 5:54:55 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I didn’t read it. I suspect from the title and the source that it is more wishful bricklaying for a Hillary run.


31 posted on 04/28/2013 6:17:55 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nathanbedford

“Voters Prefer Female Candidates”.

Think about Pelosi, Feinstein, etc. Really? These women are dumber than dirt and we “prefer them”? Then there is “what difference does it make” Hitlary the liar who wants to be president.

Not in my lifetime do I prefer any of these type!

Palin, Gov. Jan Brewer etc., that is a different story.


32 posted on 04/28/2013 6:21:04 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for HONEST government)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK, let’s look at a female politician and her constituency.....Nancy Pelosi. She’s a drunk, loud-mouthed, arrogant, greedy half-wit. But enough about how her family describes her. Has she been elected because she’s female? Or has she been elected by her constituency to steal from the public treasury for them?

“Understand yourself and understand your opponents and in one hundred battles you will not be defeated.”

Every day, I read Free Republic and I see the articles about how the Democrats are socialists and Moslems. They are just a bunch of dirty little thieves.


33 posted on 04/28/2013 6:26:44 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Atantic magazine......

The Atlantic is full of garbage, crabs and fish s**t.


34 posted on 04/28/2013 6:28:11 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Popman; nathanbedford

At this point, Cruz is the only one I would consider supporting.


35 posted on 04/28/2013 7:52:31 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ( (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: nathanbedford

I believe that you may be on to something there.

LLS


36 posted on 04/28/2013 7:57:55 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
GOP Club
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson