2012 Not Looking Good for Women
Candidates 'provocative but unelectable': Dee Dee Myers
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 17, 2011 2:47 PM CDT
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)

(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.

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May 18, 2011 2:46 PM CDT
But I AM electable! I am! I really AM! (But if you truly want to prove to me how much you like me, you really like me... send me $50 bucks.)
May 18, 2011 11:23 AM CDT
Ok, hammer Bachman but i throw these two at you for someone who has been re-elected time and time again. “Today we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace.” and This is the same woman who asked during a tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory asked if the Mars Pathfinder probe had taken a picture of that flag Neil Armstrong planted on Mars in 1969. Ding ding ding! Sheila Jackson Lee! (D) Texas
May 18, 2011 2:36 AM CDT
No Goddesses to worship??