If I asked Mr. PunditMom how I should vote in an election, he would either:
(a) roll on the floor laughing at the hilarity of such a suggestion,
(b) have me committed because he would know for sure that I had lost my mind, or
(c) take away my voter registration card.
But according to the recent missive from Linda Hirshman, she thinks that’s what most women do.
We don’t pay attention. We don’t read newspapers. We bat our little ol’ eyelashes and say:
“Oh, darlin’, I’ve just been too busy with all the carpools, grocery shopping and cooking to pay any attention to one of the most important elections of our time — should I vote for Bush or Kerry?” (Come on — you know that’s what I said!)
Oh, and we’d rather read Real Simple than Newsweek (well, I’ll admit that maybe I prefer that when I’m in the “reading room”).
In an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on Sunday, Hirshman wrote at length about her newest slam against women which was based on an informal poll of some of her acquaintances — that, essentially, the women’s vote is irrelevant and that we don’t care about politics.
Hear that rumbling noise? That’s Alice Paul turning over in her grave.
I’m not entirely sure what universe Hirshman is living in, but I think she needs to rethink her theory. I know there are lots of men and women alike who could not care less about election night results, but I’m betting that this time around, voters aren’t going to be sticking their heads in the sand — they want a piece of 2008.
My theory? Hirshman enjoys the spotlight and when she hasn’t been in it for a while, she tosses a little bomb out there to see if anyone will listen.
As someone who registered to vote ASAP when she turned 18, watched the Watergate hearings, and reads Time and Newsweek, along with my other recreational reading, I shudder to think that there aren’t plenty of other women out there like me — following current events and politics, even though I hate that we started discussing November 2008 the day after the 2006 elections.
I’m holding out a smidge of hope that maybe Hirshman is being crazy like a fox and trying to convince the GOP that they don’t need to worry about women voters, because we’re too preoccupied with baking cookies and watching Martha Stewart to focus on real issues and candidates.
Let’s prove her wrong, ladies. That’s what we’re doing out here in the blogosphere, right?