Female Republican Politicians

The Republican caucus is already all white, and is mostly all men, with only four females.

When Palin surfaced on the national scene in 2008, conservatives who had never shown the slightest interest in women immediately began touting her as the new face of female politics.  Before her campaign went south, even liberals like MSNBC commentator Donny Deutsch called Palin the new “feminist ideal.” Effusing about her gorgeous appearance in her signature tight skirts, he opined, “Women want to be her, men want to mate with her. It’s as simple as that… If women live up to that feminist ideal, “men can take in” and “women can celebrate” a “woman in power.”

But Republicans are popping out Palin variations all over the place. Women are making impressive showings in at least four Republican primaries where the GOP stands a reasonable chance of taking the Senate seat in the general.

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11 responses to “Female Republican Politicians

  1. indypendent

    Republicans also put in Michael Steele as their answer to an Obama in their party.

    I think Republicans are slow on the uptake and it takes someone like an Obama or Palin to make them sit up and take notice. But, usually, their knee-jerk reaction tends to be a Palin or Steele.

    And between these two – which one of them is a serious candidate for anything?

    Palin attracts crowds, but so do clowns.

    Steele is nothing more than one bad publicity stunt after another.

    If both parties were smart, that is a big IF, there would be more women but they would be smart women.

    But that would never work because then all those men cannot drool over how ‘hot’ they are.

  2. NightHawk

    Car wrecks draw crowds. The GOP likes to show their diversity with the occasional token black or female, but it will always be the party of old rich white guys. And the thing that really surprises me is that there are actually Gays in the Republican Party. My gay friends are some of the most intelligent people I know. That any Gay would support Republicans is just beyond the pale.
    Talk about self-distructive!

    • indypendent

      I’ve often wondered about that, myself. Is it the message of fiscal spending that draws those Gay Republicans?

      If so, then I’m with them but I’ve yet to see the GOP actually do any fiscal spending. Reagan doubled the deficit and Cheney boasted that Reagan proved deficits don’t matter.

    • That any Gay would support Republicans is just beyond the pale.

      I think it’s called self hatred.

  3. tosmarttobegop

    Yeah in many ways Palin was an insult to women, the thinking being that more women were voting for Clinton because of her setting to pee. So they threw Palin out for those voters.

    I was not keen on Hillary but even I knew that comparing Hillary to Sarah is like comparing a T-bone steak to road kill. Not all men are the same nor is ever woman the same as all women.

    If someone would vote for a candidate simply because of what gender they are deserves the mess they would get.

    Steele and Palin is a insult to the intelligence of the people and shows the sub-human thought process of the GOP. It was shortsighted and simple-minded.

    Though she lost yesterday, if the GOP wanted to put a woman in the forefront Hutchinson is a better one then Palin or Bachman.

    As for a Black man, oh man some of the choices are lacking but Alan Keys does make Steele look a genus

  4. Palin is a “feminist” like Pat Robertson is a “Christian”–which is to say only in the deluded world of the conservative GOP.

    Naming Palin as a running mate was an extreme insult to women; and the republicans thought they were being so clever! It just shows how disturbingly out of touch they are. I talked to so many women who basically agreed that the GOP was just hoping all women would vote vagina. Thinking women don’t vote that way. And Palin represents everything that secure, mature, intelligent women despise. She trades on her supposed beauty, doesn’t even TRY to inform herself (out of arrogance?) on the issues, wants to rule the clique (just like high school!) and everything she says or does reflects badly on our gender. She’s not a “NEW” anything–she’s a wannabe.

    I’m not a big Hillary fan. She is too conservative for me. BUT I can at least respect her. Which is so much more than I could ever say for Palin.

    • indypendent

      Palin and Pat Robertson also have something else in common- they certainly know how to bring in all that beautiful money.

      But Robertson has Palin beat in that arena – his is tax free.

  5. WSClark

    The whole issue of appearance, race and gender in politics is disgusting. We have serious problems to address in our country and we need to elect the most qualified individuals to address those issues.

    The size f Hillary’s thighs or Barack’s ears has, obviously, no bearing on their intellect or abilities.

    Certainly, Sarah’s cup size and smile has nothing to do with her ability to lead – which is nonexistent.

    Golda Meir was certainly no feast for the eyes, yet she was a very effective leader for Israel. Although I did not agree with her politics, Margret Thacher did well for the UK, despite looking like a school-marm.

    It seems that only in the US are looks a contributing factor in an election.

    Quite frankly, I would vote for a woman that looked like a warthog if I felt she was the best candidate for the job.

    • And if looks are so damn important, how the heck did Henry Waxman ever get to be in Congress? THAT is one funky-looking dude.

      • indypendent

        Maybe it is just me, but the hair on the back of my neck stands up every time I hear some politician being described as ‘hot’.

        Are we all now like Paris Hilton? Isn’t she the one that made the phrase ‘that’s so hot’ the trendy thing to say.

        Another thing – these are all adults using this language – I could expect that from some middle schoolers.

      • tosmarttobegop

        Hee he got the Rat-looking people’s vote!
        Waxman is kind of cool though.