2012 Not Looking Good for Women

Candidates 'provocative but unelectable': Dee Dee Myers

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 17, 2011 2:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – The 2008 election brought us the first victory by a woman in a presidential primary, not to mention the first female GOP candidate for national office. But 2012 isn’t shaping up so nicely for women: Those making headlines are either “provocative but unelectable” or “provocative but who may render their husbands unelectable,” writes former Clinton press chief Dee Dee Myers at Politico. Sarah Palin leads the first camp; she can’t even be called a “politician.” “‘Politicians’ don’t quit their day jobs as governor to star in reality TV shows.”

Then there’s Michele Bachmann, who “knows shockingly little about history and public policy,” Myers notes. “This is the woman who claimed that the Founding Fathers ended slavery.” Callista Gingrich will need to show how her affair with Newt, which started while he was “leading the charge to impeach a president over infidelity,” “isn’t just hypocritical but disqualifying.” Cheri Daniels, meanwhile, left her husband and four kids, married another man, then returned to Mitch. Though things will "evolve," “I feel like my team is off to an 0-10 start,” Myers writes.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks during a We the People candidates forum Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Manchester, N.H.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks during a We the People candidates forum Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Manchester, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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