7 Women Who Might Beat Palin to the White House

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2009 6:00 AM CDT
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano exits the subway in New York, Wednesday, July 29, 2009. The former Arizona governor has been spoken of as a possible presidential candidate.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin's resignation has fueled talk of a presidential bid, but the first female occupant of the Oval Office may yet be a Democrat, the Washington Post surmises. Here are some of the leading possibilities.

  • Kirsten Gillibrand: the New York senator has impressive fundraising chops and a killer instinct—her nickname is "Tracy Flick," after Reese Witherspoon's insanely competitive character in Election.

  • Janet Napolitano: the homeland security secretary comes from the increasingly Democratic west, and her political savvy is second to none.
  • Karenna Gore Schiff: for true believers, she's the successor to her father Al.
  • Amy Klobuchar: hugely popular, the Minnesota senator is only 49 and has national ambitions.
  • Michelle Obama: even more popular than her husband—if only she wanted the job.
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