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Finding the best woman to run for the White House
Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 8, 2003 | Robin Gerber

Posted on 01/08/2003 1:06:47 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Senator Clinton has repeatedly vowed to finish out her first term, which ends in 2006. But she would be foolish to pass up the 2004 opportunity, especially if President Bush's economic plans start to crash and burn and his war whoops lead to body bags. Clinton would leap to the front of the pack on name recognition alone. She's a terrific fundraiser and New York voters would forgive her if she made a credible but unsuccessful run. She would return to the Senate as a more powerful member and be a battle-tested contender for 2008.

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Two more contenders for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination jumped into the race last week - Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri. They join the three - Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, and the Rev. Al Sharpton - who already have their candidate banners waving in the wind. And it won't be long before Sens. Tom Daschle and Joe Lieberman join these men who would be president.

But where are the women who would be president?

First off, there's a pipeline problem on the distaff side of presidential politics. Governors' mansions are great springboards to the presidency, but the last election added only one new female governor, for a total of six. Of the four who are Democrats, two are unlikely to run in 2004 since they were newly elected in 2002, and Michigan's governor was born outside the US, and so is ineligible to run.

That leaves Ruth Ann Minner, the first woman elected governor of Delaware, who will be finishing her first term in 2004. If Howard Dean can run from Vermont, which has just over 600,000 people, Mrs. Minner can run from Delaware's base of nearly 800,000. But unlike Mr. Dean, Minner is up for her first reelection in 2004. She's unlikely to pass up a second term for a long shot at the presidency.

In the Senate, there are 13 women senators. Nine of them are Democrats, but four will need to stay focused on their reelection campaigns in 2004. Mary Landrieu had a bruising battle in Louisiana this year that sent her back to the Senate with a narrow margin and too weak a base to consider a run for national office.

That leaves four Democratic women senators who could run for president with the safety of a Senate seat to return to. Maria Cantwell of Washington State doesn't carry many electoral votes into the fray, but she is a smart, engaging, centrist businesswoman who represents the economic future of America - the high-tech industry. But Senator Cantwell's a first-termer who has to focus on fundraising every day if she wants to hold on to her hard-won seat when she runs again in 2006. The same calculation holds true for Michigan's first termer, Debbie Stabenow.

That narrows the field to Dianne Feinstein of California and Hillary Clinton of New York. Ms. Feinstein, who was elected to the Senate in 1992, has presidential panache. She's the first woman to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She's the chair of the Technology and Terrorism Subcommittee and a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. She comes from a state with 54 electoral votes, the most in the nation. California is also a deep pool for finding wealthy presidential contributors, and Feinstein has proven superb at raising money.

Political pundits like to talk about Feinstein as a shoo-in for the vice-president slot. But there's no reason for her to take a back seat to the boys already on the bus.

Senator Clinton has repeatedly vowed to finish out her first term, which ends in 2006. But she would be foolish to pass up the 2004 opportunity, especially if President Bush's economic plans start to crash and burn and his war whoops lead to body bags. Clinton would leap to the front of the pack on name recognition alone. She's a terrific fundraiser and New York voters would forgive her if she made a credible but unsuccessful run. She would return to the Senate as a more powerful member and be a battle-tested contender for 2008.

Beyond governors and senators, women in the House of Representatives such as Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, or Maxine Waters of California have the stature, smarts, and authority to take a shot at the presidency.

One or more of these women, or perhaps a woman not yet on the radar screen, needs to take the leap into the presidential race. After all, if the best man for the presidency in 2004 is a woman, there's only one way we'll ever find out - women have to run.

o Robin Gerber is a senior scholar at the University of Maryland's Academy of Leadership and author of 'Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way.'


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: battleaxe; dreamon; electionpresident; feminazis; goosestepping; harpies; liberals; manhaters; quicksand; socialists
Senator Clinton has repeatedly vowed to finish out her first term, which ends in 2006. But she would be foolish to pass up the 2004 opportunity, especially if President Bush's economic plans start to crash and burn and his war whoops lead to body bags. Clinton would leap to the front of the pack on name recognition alone. She's a terrific fundraiser and New York voters would forgive her if she made a credible but unsuccessful run. She would return to the Senate as a more powerful member and be a battle-tested contender for 2008.

LIBERALS pray for the economy to crash and burn and for body bags to come home. LIBERALS, what are they good for? They live to rule over us and hope for the worst to keep power. Daschel and the Left will continue to do his best to block the Bush administation and their plans for national defense and economic recovery.

1 posted on 01/08/2003 1:06:47 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Hillary 'will be battle tested' ... yeah, right. I've got a battle test for her. Throw a jump suit on her and strap a parachute on her huge backside, and throw her out of an Air Force jet at about 5,000 feet into a bunch of Iraqi Republican Guards.
2 posted on 01/08/2003 1:16:40 AM PST by ex-Texan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
You are correct, CW. The only way the dems gain a foothold is for the Dark Ages to descend on America. And the very fact that they wish for this just to regain power is indicative of the lefts complete disconnect and disregard for the people of the US.
3 posted on 01/08/2003 1:18:45 AM PST by cardinal4
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

4 posted on 01/08/2003 1:19:40 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Beyond governors and senators, women in the House of Representatives such as Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, or Maxine Waters of California have the stature, smarts, and authority to take a shot at the presidency.

Now don't get me wrong, Hillary is just plain godawful, but the fact that this columnist believes Maxine Waters would be even the teensy-bit credible as a presidential candidate makes me wonder if this person has completely fallen off their rocker.

5 posted on 01/08/2003 1:29:23 AM PST by gop_gene
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To: cardinal4; All
Hillary Clinton and the Radical Left*** If others could understand your truth, you would not think of yourself as a "vanguard." You would no longer inhabit the morally charmed world of an elite, whose members alone can see the light and whose mission is to lead the unenlightened towards it. If everybody could see the promised horizon and knew the path to reach it, the future would already have happened and there would be no need for the vanguard of the saints.***
6 posted on 01/08/2003 1:33:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: gop_gene
Or Rosa DeLauro...........?
7 posted on 01/08/2003 1:34:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ex-Texan; Cindy
There was a joke about Hillary and her driver hitting a cow. It was posted yesterday on FR. Does anyone know where it is? It captured the public mood about Hillary very well.
8 posted on 01/08/2003 1:36:36 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Senator Clintoon is the best woman for incarceration. Ann Coulter is the best woman for prez. I would say Shlaffly, but she doesn't have Coulter's youthful energy.
9 posted on 01/08/2003 1:49:54 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Or Rosa DeLauro...........?

Sorry, I don't know anything about her. If she's even akin to a serious nut job like Waters, then her too.

10 posted on 01/08/2003 1:51:26 AM PST by gop_gene
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
CONDI!!!!!
11 posted on 01/08/2003 1:53:35 AM PST by 12B
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To: gop_gene
Sorry, I don't know anything about her.......


In April, Congresswoman DeLauro led House Democrats in a day-long series of events designed to increase pressure on Congressional leaders to pass meaningful HMO reform. The day culminated with an event in Philadelphia with President Clinton and included the unveiling of an internet petition for HMO reform. - Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro

12 posted on 01/08/2003 2:09:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rosa DeLauro? ... don't get me going!

100% pure socialist bee-atch! I think the writer of this article has been drinking vanilla extract.

Total rump-swabbery! Feinstein has presidential panache.... RAAAALLLPHHH! Maxine Waters? ... oh dear Lord!

Hillary will be picked for VP... done deal.

13 posted on 01/08/2003 2:34:38 AM PST by johnny7
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To: johnny7
What a line up.
14 posted on 01/08/2003 2:36:00 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Hillary Clinton and her driver were cruising along a NY country road one evening when an old cow loomed in front of the car. The driver tried to avoid it but couldn't - the old cow was killed.

Hillary told her driver to go up to the farmhouse and explain to the owners what happened. About an hour later, the driver staggered back to the car with his clothes in disarray. He was holding a bottle of expensive wine in one hand, an expensive Cuban cigar in the other and was smiling happily, smeared with lipstick.

"What happened?" asked Hillary.

"Well," the driver replied, "the farmer gave me the wine, his wife gave me the cigar, and their beautiful twin daughters made mad passionate love to me!"

"My God! What did you tell them?" asked Hillary.

The driver replied: "I'm Hillary Clinton's driver, and I just killed the old cow!"

15 posted on 01/08/2003 2:37:14 AM PST by BullDog108 (Kick their @$$ and take their gas)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I think that this picture best describes Hillary getting ready for her 2004 run for President.

HILLARY TRANSFORMS HERSELF FOR 2004 RUN

Reg is a master!

16 posted on 01/08/2003 2:42:04 AM PST by stlrocket
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Want a woman in the White House? I'll caste my votes for Michelle Malken or Anne Hendershott.
17 posted on 01/08/2003 2:49:23 AM PST by RLK
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To: BullDog108
That's the one. Thank you!
18 posted on 01/08/2003 3:09:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: stlrocket
That's a keeper, or maybe a nomination for "Ripley's Believe It Or Not."

Cincinatus posted this yesterday. I think it says it all, substitute Pelosi, Clinton, DeLauro, Waters, et al. They all want to stifle debate.


19 posted on 01/08/2003 3:14:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
That's Rosa d'Liar
20 posted on 01/08/2003 4:18:07 AM PST by anoldafvet
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To: anoldafvet
Thank you for the correction.
21 posted on 01/08/2003 4:23:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ex-Texan
"...strap a parachute on her huge backside, and throw her out of an Air Force jet at about 5,000 feet into a bunch of Iraqi Republican Guards..."

It would be safer to palletize her and deliver her with the other heavy equipment.

22 posted on 01/08/2003 4:24:29 AM PST by DWSUWF
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
LIBERALS, what are they good for?

"Absolutely...nothing!"

23 posted on 01/08/2003 4:37:01 AM PST by mhking ("Why Can't We Be Friends?" & "Low Rider" - 2 of WAR's best!)
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To: mhking
Bump!
24 posted on 01/08/2003 4:44:47 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Gulp!!
25 posted on 01/08/2003 5:37:58 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I could see Hillary, Feinstein, Boxer, Pelosi running for president on the "D" side. I could see Eliz. Dole and Cond. Rice running on the "R" side.
26 posted on 01/08/2003 5:56:57 AM PST by buffyt (Imagine There Are No Liberals.....)
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To: ex-Texan
What a cruel thing to do... to the Iraqi guards.
27 posted on 01/08/2003 6:26:50 AM PST by Search4Truth
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Maxine Watters?????

It says Robin Gerber is a senior scholar at the University of Maryland's Academy of Leadership and author of 'Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way.'

I think Robin Gerber is a delusional person. What a joke.

28 posted on 01/08/2003 6:31:22 AM PST by kjam22
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
That ... is ... a ... woman?
29 posted on 01/08/2003 7:07:06 AM PST by Search4Truth
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To: 12B
CONDI! for president 2008
31 posted on 01/08/2003 7:25:27 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Funny thing, THIS STUPID, HATE-FILLED LIBERAL WOMAN didn't even mention the highest-ranking women qualified:

Liz. Dole (R - in name only granted) who already ran a campaign.

Rice - already running things in the White House.

Texas former senator is qualified, more than LA's loser.

New Jersey's not mentioned, (again only as Repub-in-name only.)

Prejudixed, simply incredibly prejudiced. And so blind in their hatred that Republican can't even be "considered" in a long dicussion about democrats for the president - NONE OF WHOM IS EVEN REMOTELY QUALIFIED.
33 posted on 01/08/2003 7:42:14 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
These apparently qualify Gerber as an "expert" - Not one real job in the batch. No work except government grants to get money and laws and studies to study other government grants to expose what she already has decided she will find: hate-filled liberal lies and exaggerations.


Robin Gerber
Senior Scholar
Phone: 301.405.7931
Email: rgerber@academy.umd.edu
Robin Gerber is a senior scholar at the Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, a national commentator and speaker on women's leadership and other political issues, and the author of Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage (Prentice Hall Press, October, 2002). See the sidebar for more information about this new publication.

A frequent contributor to the opinion pages of USA Today, Gerber has also been published in The Washington Post, Newsday, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Christian Science Monitor. Gerber has been a guest on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer and dozens of radio talk shows.

Gerber has been a speaker at national conferences and leads workshops and seminars on women's leadership development. Her special presentations include "Finding Your Leadership Passion," "Networking," "Communicating as a Leader," "The Politics of the Workplace," and "Embracing Risk."

Gerber is a contributing author, with James MacGregor Burns and Georgia Sorenson, of Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation (Scribner, 1999). At the Academy of Leadership, Gerber teaches courses on women's leadership, politics, and history. A think tank on leadership, the Academy's mission is to "promote leadership knowledge and practices that empower all those who strive for a just, equitable and thriving society, particularly those who have been underrepresented in leadership."

Gerber has worked with women to develop their leadership potential since 1975 when she began working with the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations in New York. She continued her work with labor unions in New York, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. and served as top lobbyist and political director for a major international union, one of very few women to do so.

Gerber has served on the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee, the Maryland State Council on Vocational Education, and the staffs of both the Subcommittee on Labor Management Relations and the Subcommittee on Labor Standards in the U.S. House of Representatives. She obtained her law degree at Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C.

To contact Robin Gerber, call 301-405-7931 or send email to rgerber@academy.umd.edu To schedule press interviews with Gerber, contact Stefanie Weiss at 301-405-7938 or sweiss@academy.umd.edu For more information about the Academy of Leadership, go to www.academy.umd.edu


34 posted on 01/08/2003 7:51:06 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE
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To: *Election President; KQQL
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
35 posted on 01/08/2003 9:31:21 AM PST by Free the USA
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