Monday, January 07 2019

Why Not a Conservative Woman President?

Written by Bill Murchison

As if the Democrats lacked causes for nail biting -- the shutdown, impeachment, Rashida Tlaib's big mouth -- here comes a venerable ally, The New York Times, questioning the electability of the various women who aspire to run against Donald Trump in 2020.

Could it be that none of them could beat him? "(T)here's a lingering doubt in some (Democratic) quarters," the Times reports, "about whether there is a risk involved in nominating a woman...." The memory of Hillary Clinton's defeat lingers, and Democrats recognize "that women in politics are held to a different standard than men on qualities like likability and toughness, and that voters have traditionally been more reluctant to elect women as executives than as legislators."

What a lot of bilge, if I may say so without giving aid and comfort to Elizabeth Warren. The time has come for some home truths. These days, few Americans likely care as much about a presidential candidate's sex as about her principles and, secondarily, her capacity for putting same into effect. The problem with the ladies gearing up to run against Trump isn't their sex; it's their progressivism.

A conservative woman in politics isn't as easy to come across as a progressive one -- notwithstanding the novelist George Meredith's 19th-century characterization of women as "our true conservatives" (in "The Ordeal of Richard Feverel"). A lot of plain old anger resides in women such as Warren and Kamala Harris, stemming from the progressive appreciation of women as an oppressed class striving, plantlike, toward the sunlight. This anger informs, in part, their dislike of existing structures and their desire to turn such structures inside out.

Hillary Clinton's problem -- aside from being the wife of Bill -- wasn't her sex. It was her not-exactly-inert liberalism: her disposition to hand Washington, D.C., basic responsibility for addressing all our woes and ills. Donald Trump's virtue as a candidate, as many conservatives considered it, was in specifically not being Hillary Clinton. That may seem a strange rationale, but politics is a strange endeavor, one that I think is ready to recognize the viability not just of progressive women candidates -- that's the progressives' business, not mine -- but of conservative women candidates. Women like Maggie Thatcher.


This article was sourced from TownHall

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