I’ve tried so hard.
Tried so hard not to bring politics into my blog, my tweets, discussions at dinner parties.
Usually, it’s not so difficult, really.
I have no illusions about why people read my blog. It’s not for my political savvy.
I’ve always, frankly, wondered at those who post their political views on Facebook, or blast their dining companions with rhetoric at a casual Friday night get-together.
Politics, sex and religion were topics my mother warned me never to discuss.
And usually, I don’t.
I believe in people’s basic intelligence, despite every sign to the contrary in today’s world.
And I believe in people’s basic right to form and hold their own opinions.
I can like you even if we vote for opposing candidates or hold different views on a higher power.
To me, this ability is part of evolution, baby. If you’re still pounding your chest like a Neanderthal and insisting all must follow your tenets, you have some work to do. I’m sure I’m not the first one to tell you that.
Despite the long preamble, here I go. I can’t help myself.
Did you see this clip (second one on webpage)? If you’re in the United States and following the race for the Republican presidential candidate, you most likely have. It’s all over the news today.
For you impatient non-clickers (mea culpa) who slept in today, the quick wrap: Donald Trump was asked, at last night’s debate, about a comment he made in Rolling Stone magazine. When questioned regarding Carly Fiorina’s candidacy, his remark was, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
When asked about his comment in the magazine, Fiorina’s response was a measured but icy: “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”
She got a standing ovation.
And yes, as a woman, I heard him very clearly. As clearly as I heard him when he said “Blood coming out her wherever” when discussing Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.
When challenged on his comment by the moderator in last night’s debate, Trump’s response was that Ms. Fiorina had a beautiful face.
As I look at the bevy of women Mr. Trump has squired, they have a certain pedigree. Physical beauty. Beyond that, I cannot vouch for much.
So to ask him to comment on intelligent, accomplished women like Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton (Put aside your like or dislike. They’re both accomplished.) is like asking a first-year biology student to explain brain surgery.
I hope, by the time I’m a grandmother, we finally realize that women running for office has nothing to do with beauty. Nothing to do even with likeability, other than how well she shows up in the polls. Looks and affability should matter no more than they do for male candidates.
The basic question is: Can she do the job? Can she do it better than her opponents? If so, let’s elect her even if she looks like a blobfish on a bad day.
As I said in a former blog post, plenty of women rule the world. And—shocker—some have helmet hair, carry a few extra pounds, need a good whitening toothpaste.
I am so glad they care more about the fate of the world and the countries they run than any of the above.
I thought congeniality contests and taking stock of a woman’s measurements, as well as her skill at applying makeup, disappeared with the Dark Ages (which, yes, I believe was my mother’s generation).
How silly of me.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that Trump sold the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant franchise to a Hollywood talent agency just days ago.
He may not be any more enlightened than he was when making stupid comments to the media. But he may be enlightened enough to know those “assets” were pulling him down in public opinion polls.
Score one for the “public”.
And I don’t say that often. Given all the attention we are giving Mr. Trump, we’re not so enlightened either.