Women aren’t just marching. They’re running. And it’s about time.The failure to tap a vast pool of American society, whether because of sex, race, sexual preference or any other irrelevant criterion, has deprived all of us of contributions that could make us a better, smarter, stronger nation. And finally, women are going for it.
“Call it payback, call it a revolution, call it the Pink Wave, inspired by marchers in their magenta hats, and the activism that followed,” Alter writes.
“There is an unprecedented surge of first-time female candidates, overwhelmingly Democratic, running for offices big and small, from the U.S. Senate and state legislatures to local school boards.”
This is a great thing, even if Charlotte Alter doesn’t quite understand why. First, it’s easy to throw stones from the shore to make tiny, self-serving ripples in the huge and complex pond that comprises the running of government. They may start out as single-issue candidates, one-trick ponies, but the demands of office aren’t limited to the problems they feel most strongly about.
Coming up with hard solutions that not only address one’s personal issues but the good of one’s constituents is hard, sometimes impossible, work. Women who win elections will have to face this task. And they will soon learn that screaming into the abyss isn’t the same as public service.
Second, government has been dysfunctional for a very long time. One of the reasons we ended up with Darth Cheeto in office was to break the logjam, to disrupt the normalization of ineffectiveness that came to characterize 535 elected officials. New blood was needed, even if this was the price we needed to pay to learn that the myth that anybody could do better wasn’t necessarily true.
So this tidal wave of women candidates promises to provide another opportunity to infuse government with different ideas, different views, maybe even solutions where there was paralysis. This is a great thing, and I’m all for it.
“In 2016, they were ordinary voters. In 2017, they became activists, spurred by the bitter defeat of the first major female presidential candidate at the hands of a self-described p—y grabber. Now, in 2018, these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives are jumping into the arena and bringing new energy to a Democratic Party sorely in need of fresh faces,” the piece reads.
But there’s the rub. A wise nation will vote the best candidate, the one whose policies and positions best serve what the electorate supports for the good of the nation. A foolish electorate will vote genitalia. Presenting this paradigm shift of women candidates as the Democratic alternative to the “self-described pussy grabber” offers no clue what they stand for, what they will do in office, why they deserve our vote other than they’re not Trump.
Vote the best person. Vote the person you support. Vote for that person without regard to their genitalia, skin color, sex partner or heritage. We’ve tried stupid, and it didn’t serve us well. A new stupid is still stupid. In 2018, let’s try for better. Vote for women, if they reflect the positions you support and will best serve their constituents. All their constituents.
So what if they have vaginas? So what if they don’t.