This election year more women won seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Twenty seats in the Senate is the highest ever, but it still lags way behind when you consider that women make up a larger portion of the electorate in this country. Still, women are making gains in all areas of the political arena and it will be interesting to see where that takes us.
I personally don’t care about gender when it comes to who represents me. I don’t look at it as a “man” or “woman” thing; I look at the whole picture and make my decision on policies and ideas. The man and woman thing reminds me of the race issue in politics. It shouldn’t matter what color you are or what gender you are. As long as my representative follows the United States Constitution and upholds the laws, I’m in.
There are many theories in the media that with more women running Washington things will get better. Pundits everyday are imagining that with more women in charge there will be less war, more compassion and a more nurturing, gentle country. I am wondering where this is all coming from when I picture Nancy Pelosi strong-arming and threatening Ben Nelson and the rest of the Obama-care holdouts during the health care vote; or Debbie Wasserman-Schultz who said such vile, despicable things about Mitt and Ann Romney during the election.
On the other hand, you have to look at Michelle Bachmann and Marsha Blackburn. They lead with a strong hand and are vigilant in fighting for their constituents but rarely do they spew hatred for the other members of Congress.
I fear that with the addition of incoming Senator Elizabeth Warren we may have another Nancy Pelosi on our hands. She may be one of a few who will try to strong-arm their way into higher positions. If I were Harry Reid, I’d watch my back.
It will be very interesting to see how more women in Washington with such polarized views will get along. The “war on women” group will be pushing their agendas and I’m sure they will get pushback from the women who don’t buy it.
That is my biggest fear with this new group. Are we going to continue with the same old “politics as usual” where each person pushes their personal agenda or are we going to unite and tackle the economic problems facing this country?
In a perfect world I can envision this new group of elected women sitting down together, putting aside partisan politics and coming up with a solution to put us back on the right track. I would hope that they could structure a budget to run the country, cut back on spending, give an attitude adjustment to our culture and be a “Momma Grizzly” when it comes to protecting our nation.
We need a group of Margaret Thatcher’s in Washington, tough but not overbearing, smart and willing to work side by side with their male colleagues in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
It will be interesting to see where the next couple of years lead us. If these women step up to the plate and tackle the nonsense then perhaps brighter days are ahead.