○■ The Minnesota c... The Mi nnesota congresswoman's presidential campaign fell short of her ambition, but Republican women are progressingA woman has to be twice as good as a man and to go half as far. - Fannie Hurst, American writer, 1889-1968Still true and though less so today than just a mere decade or two ago. That said and a woman launching a serious bid for the US presidency is still a rarity. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann proved both sides of that double-edge gender sword in her bid for the Republican presidential nomination - a bid she has now ended. Like former Republican vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former First Lady, US Senator and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Michele Bachmann was both helped and hindered by her gender at various points along the campaign trail. I suppose this is an improvement over the days when a woman attempting to make serious inroads in any field dominated by men, including national politics and was only hurt by her gender. Being a woman seemed more an affliction than merely a trait shared by slightly more than 50% of the population. Harken back to 2008, ON the day GOP presidential nominee Senator John McCain introduced his pick for vice president - a successful governor of Alaska who happened to be female and attractive and the mother of five. The female-attractive-mother-of-five aspect of who Palin was, including a Down Syndrome baby boy and an unmarried pregnant teenager and is what the media used to define her - because, to them and that was so different. No and not different from millions of American in any regard - just different than almost anyone we'd seen to date reach that level in politics. Palin, in her maiden speech and gave a nod to the freshly-banished Hillary Clinton for putting at least a few cracks in the glas null and responseDetails: Suspected Terms of Service Abuse. Please see responseStatus: 40
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