PunditMom Two Years Ago — And the First Woman President Will Be …??

Sun, November 9, 2008

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Two years ago, I wasn’t sure that Hillary Clinton would be elected the first woman President of the United States in 2008. Turns out my sense about the common wisdom at the time was right. But now, I’m wondering what slot in the new Barack Obama administration is available for the woman I WAS thinking of.

Hillary Clinton?

Seems to be the popular speculation at this point.

Since my blood has run Democrat blue for as long as I can remember, I would vote for Senator Clinton if she ends up being the Democratic nominee in 2008, but I think the chances are pretty slim this country is truly ready for a woman president, let alone someone who has been as polarizing as Hillary.

In any event, in recent times, Senators have had a rough go getting elected to the White House. Voters, for whatever reason, seem to like governors — George W. Bush (go figure), Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon.

So I say, the woman to keep your eye on is Kathleen Sebelius, the Democratic Governor of Kansas.

Yesterday, Sebelius was named the first woman to head the Democratic Governors Association, which is tasked with, among other things, helping other Dems get elected nationally and taking back the White House in 2008. Depending on her level of success, there will be a lot of chits she’ll have built up she’ll be able to call in when she’s ready to leave Topeka.

More importantly to Sebelius’ national electability, Kansas is a VERY red state — think Bob Dole and Sam Brownback. If she has been able to convince the conservative Republicans there that she is a “good” Democrat, then she’s a gal the party ought to be paying very close attention to as a model.

Having lived in the lovely Sunflower State for six years (Rock Chalk Jayhawk, go KU!), a token spot of blue in a very flat field of crimson, I can tell you it is no easy feat for a Democrat to get elected to statewide office there. So with her two-term success as governor, Sebelius already has the imprimatur of many of the Midwest’s less-than-liberal voters as a Dem they can live with. Her views are across the political spectrum — pro-choice, anti-gay marriage and opposes allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons, among others — a little something for everyone.

So keep your eye on this Sebelius, as we start hearing all the hype about the Democrats hopes for the White House in 2008 or 2012. She could just be the stealth candidate who could go all the way.

And, of course, I’d love to see Baby Jayhawk visiting the Oval Office!

What do you think? I saw Governor Jennifer Granholm standing with Barack Obama at his first news conference as President-elect. Think there’s a place for Sebelius in Washington?

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8 Responses to “PunditMom Two Years Ago — And the First Woman President Will Be …??”

  1. Corina Says:

    I have a feeling that the country will swing back in the conservative direction after Obama leaves office. That said, I don’t think we’ll get a woman in the White House or another minority again for a long time. I hope I’m wrong but…!

    And for the record, Nixon was never the governor of any state. He ran for California gov but lost.

  2. Sarah Says:

    As someone from Topeka, who helped vote Sebellius into office, I’m proud to say at least something blue has come out this scarily blue state.

  3. Sarah Says:

    My sister lives in KS and I live in MI, so we’re both familiar with the amazing job a female governor can do.

    I hope Sebelius will go for the Oval Office at some point, and I hope Granholm will earn a place in Obama’s administration (shhh…someone mentioned the Supreme Court) and make a name for herself on the national level…even though she’ll never be able to run for the presidency (she’s originally from Canada).

  4. Sornie Says:

    It is great to speculate that someone like Sebellius could ride the wave of success that I feel Obama will bring us in the next 8 years in to the oval office. If she becomes a true nation-wide player, she could pull it off.

  5. somejoe Says:

    After this past election cycle and watching what was done to Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, I fear it will be another 25 years before we see a woman on a major party ticket. There’s the possibility Palin could run in 2012, but I just don’t see either party accepting the liability that this election proved a woman on the ticket seems to be.

  6. judy in ky Says:

    If a woman does become president, I sure hope it’s someone like Sebelius rather than someone like Palin!
    I think (hope) we don’t go backwards again, as the first commenter suggested. I don’t think we will, considering all the younger voters coming along.

  7. toddlerplanet Says:

    I hope so. I’ve been so impressed with her!

  8. Daphne Says:

    think Sebellius is a snooze as a speaker. And I don’t think she is pro choice.
    Obama is a great speaker and followed a real jerk for a prez. A woman is going to have to electrify the crowds to get the votes.


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