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Power Women: Hot; Angry Left: Not So Much

Is it now more likely that the first female American president will be a Republican?


 
Power Women: Hot; Angry Left: Not So Much

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Yesterday was supposed to spell the end for incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas had opposed Obama’s health care reform, and voted against pro-labour union legislation. She was expected to be turfed by Democratic primary voters in a run-off yesterday after labour unions spent millions to defeat her. But she hung in — along with numerous high-profile female Republican candidates who triumphed in primary elections yesterday.

Politico sees Lincoln’s survival as a victory for centrism:

One way to appreciate the importance of Lincoln’s victory is to imagine the reaction if the result — as many expected — had gone the other way. It would have sent an unmistakable message to moderates of Lincoln’s stripe in the South and across the country about the perils of Clinton-style centrism in an age of anger.

Another notable outcome of yesterday’s voting: The American South is on track to have two Republican governors of Indian descent: Bobby Jindal in Louisiana and Nikki Haley, who now has a good chance in South Carolina. So much for the good ol’ boys. It’s a notable national development too, considering that governorships are the prime presidential candidate pool.

And speaking of the presidency: Is it now more likely that the first female American president will be a Republican?


 
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Power Women: Hot; Angry Left: Not So Much

  1. "And speaking of the presidency: Is it now more likely that the first female American president will be a Republican?"

    I have been dreaming about a proper conservative woman appearing in America or Canada and taking care of business, kinda like what Thatcher did, for years now.

    I don't believe we will have a Liberal female PM first because they are too shrill/hectoring/nannyish while a Conservative woman will come in and clean house. I am convinced a conservative woman could win power easily if she talks about Canada like her family and how she is worried about the state of her home's finances and the like.

    • You make me weep, sometimes.

    • And about how African women shouldn't get abortions? Yes, that will go over super smooth.

      • Well, yeah, seeing as how 90% of Africans live in a country where abortion is illegal and most would find our lack of abortion laws to be ghastly. You're not suggesting we impose our morality on them, are you? Isn't that white supremacy, if not cryptocolonialism? Do you think Africans are too stupid to enact their own abortion policies? Sounds like it, Herr Mike.

    • This is the conservative problem with how (C)onservatives approach minorities in general. Rather than seeking to understand and address and issues traditionally associated with a specific group, they make rash generalizations which reflect their own narrow views (liberal women = shrill, conservative women = inexplicably awesome, just keep em talkin' on the domestic issues where they belong).

      This is how we get ideas like changing the words to O Canada. "hey, that'll get us some votes without spending $, right? that's the kind of thing women want, isn't it? that and flowers?"

      • "they make rash generalizations which reflect their own narrow views…that's the kind of thing women want, isn't it? that and flowers?"

        But making rash generalizations reflecting your own narrow views about conservatives is cool, right? Clown.

        • Believe whatever makes you happy.

      • "This is the conservative problem with how (C)onservatives approach minorities in general…they make rash generalizations which reflect their own narrow views…"

        I love it when people generalize about how much their opponents tend to generalize. With the word "general" in the first half, I'd have assumed the self-reference was so obvious that it must be parody if I hadn't been around these boards long enough to know better.

        • I used in general because it ain't just women.

          "hey, these immigrants hate gays…let's see if we can pander to that!"

          • Oooooh, we're inciting hatred against an identifiable group (immigrants) now? Tell us more, but first let me show you an example of what you're talking about:

            "Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose party refused to support same-sex marriage in Canada, is being hailed as a gay rights hero—in Uganda. “He's a human rights activist,” said Brown Kiyimba. “Harper is a liberal guy,” added Emmanueil Turinawe…But at last November's Commonwealth conference in Trinidad and Tobago, Harper had a private meeting with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni. He gave him his two cents' worth on the anti-gay bill. Shortly after, the East African leader told BBC News, “The Prime Minister of Canada came to see me and what was he talking about? Gays…Gay and lesbian Ugandans were thrilled. ”
            http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/02/25/harper-hero-to

            Wow, that's some nasty pandering to…hey, waitaminute, you're wrong again! And that is why we are going to clobber the Liberals next election, because they're well beyond deranged to the point they cannot grasp reality.

          • I heard he's also dead set against making black people ride on the back of the bus.

          • Take a hike, failtroll. Actually, cancel that, stick around and show everyone the true deranged, hysterical, hateful, ugly face of the left.

  2. I think Hillary Clinton still has a good chance at the Presidency.

    • I think you are right. Buyer's remorse is taking its time, but it is building.

    • Barring some catastrophe, President Obama will be the Democrat nominee in 2012, so the earliest Hillary could try again is 2016, when she'll be 69 years old.

      • You mean like a 40-day-plus-ongoing-world's-worst-oil-spill-in-US-federal-waters-while-states-wait-for-federal-response-to-their-requests-for-coastal-protection kind of catastrophe? Or just a run-of-the-mill double-digit-unemployment-plus-worst-federal-deficit-since-WW2 kind of catastrophe?

        • It would be extremely unusual for an incumbent president not to run for a second term. Things would have to be LBJ/Vietnam ugly for that to happen.

          • … or Carter/inflation/terrorism ugly, yes.

          • Carter was the Democratic nominee in 1980, though. He didn't step down after one term like LBJ.

          • True, but he had a significant challenger. It could well have gone the other way.

          • Good point. However, it seems unlikely to me that Clinton would challenge Obama in the 2012 primaries, and even less likely that she would be successful if she did so. It would have to be quite the doomsday scenario for this to happen. Has any incumbent president ever lost to a challenger in the primaries?

          • Several, but only one who was first elected (Franklin Pierce: Democrat) so far as I know. His downfall was his tendency to appease the South re slavery rather than holding the line on the expansion of slave states.

            In those days a Democrat President could lose popularity within his own party due to moral principles. I think it's pretty clear that those days are long gone, so I agree with you that if the phenomenon were to be repeated in our time it would take a clear material problem to precipitate an incumbent's replacement. Failure to deal with terrorist attacks would do it, and Hillary would be seen as a viable alternative. Oil spills and economics probably won't do it since she is not viewed as substantially distinct from the Administration in these regards.

          • I agree that it would take something catastrophic like a failed response to terrorist attacks. On the other hand, a non-failed response to terrorist attacks could boost Obama's popularity, just as the hostage crisis initially boosted Carter's popularity (at least during the primaries) and ended Ted Kennedy's presidential aspirations.

          • Has any incumbent president ever lost to a challenger in the primaries?

            From what I have seen so far, I would not discount Obama's chances to grab that trophy, CR.

  3. Good to have a strong female blogger on the roll again. Does Macleans have any other female bloggers right now? I can't think of any.