Maureen Dowd’s recent op-ed article “Playing All The Angles” strongly criticizes female Republican politicians. Dowd claims that the female candidates are all “Mean Girls.” The piece focuses on Sharon Angle, quoting her telling 70-year-old Harry Reid to “man-up,” and taking notice of the fact that she keeps a loaded .44 magnum in her truck.
Dowd also goes on to call Sarah Palin a “Queen Grizzly” before noting that Jan Brewer wants to deport all Mexicans from the U.S., and Christine O’Donnell is probably casting spells on her opponents.
Sarah Palin is perhaps the most famous Republican candidate heckled by Dowd and, in my opinion, one of the most undeserving of the criticism. Palin was born Feb. 11, 1964, in Alaska. In 1992, she was elected to the Wasilla city council before she became Mayor of Wasilla in 1996. Her policies were gun rights, abortion, and term limitations, which she upheld while carefully managing the city. Once a week, she would reputedly call a random citizen and ask if he liked what she was doing. After losing in a race for lieutenant governor of Alaska, Palin went on to accept a position on the Alaska Oil And Gas Conservation Commission, where she filed ethics complaints against a fellow board member. In 2006, Palin was elected governor of Alaska, which she kept for one term. Palin’s gubernatorial career was filled with ethics reforms and complaints. In 2008, she ran for vice president alongside John McCain. Palin’s career has been filled with opposing ecological un-friendly bills and acts, she tried to repeal a gas tax in Alaska. Her political policies tend to be accompanied with charm and intelligence, rather than brute force.
Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, was born in Nevada and moved to Arizona after marrying a native of the state. Brewer was elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and pulled the board out of a $165 million debt. She spent 14 years in the Arizona State Legislature as Vice Chairman of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and an appointee on the Governors Military Task Force. In 2002, Brewer was elected Secretary of State and in 2006 won a second term; both terms were characterized by her tax raises and pro-life leanings. Brewer became governor after Governor Janet Napolitano resigned from office. Brewer holds a very strong anti-illegal immigrant policy and has put several bills into effect for this cause. She supports higher education and highly disapproves of Obama’s health care bill.
I believe that while Dowd’s critique may have been true, it was rather harsh. Our female political leaders tend to be somewhat overbearing and strong-minded. They tend to be “mean girls” to get the job done or get elected. But they do get the job done.
Sarah Palin has done wonders for the oil industry. Jan Brewer has helped keep out illegal immigrants, and managed to pull Arizona out of one of the worst fiscal crises in its history.In spite of the fact that Meg Whitman, former CEO of Ebay, has had some pretty harsh accusations against her, she has also done a great deal for charity. Dowd’s article may cause some people to change their votes. But on the whole, most people vote on actions rather than character.