Wednesday, May 18, 2011
WRTV Nominates Pence; Same Piece Raises Valid Point on Women in Politics
Mike Pence is running for the Republican nomination for Governor, and Jim Wallace is too. You would never know it.
I admit that I have been guilty of this as well, but I'm a simple blogger. Back on May 9, WRTV-6 published a piece that talked about the gender of Pence's potential Lieutenant Governor candidate. That's putting the cart like 25 feet in front of the horse.
Pence's chances of winning the nomination over Wallace are very very good, but there are other Republicans besides Wallace that can enter the race as well. Former Attorney General Steve Carter is one possibility. That would further dilute the vote. While Pence will whip up the Tea Party base, there are Republicans that will be looking for more than just, as Mike Pence says, "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."
Much can happen between now and May of 2012. Right now, it's extremely likely that Pence will be the nominee, but no one can say it's 100 percent until the votes are counted. It would be appropriate to call Pence the frontrunner, but it would, I think, be inappropriate for him to start selecting Lieutenant Governor candidates at this point. Frankly, I don't think he is.
While his chances are fairly slim, Wallace should not be taken lightly. It could be argued that Wallace...and not Pence...actually has the experience advantage when it comes to being an executive officer. He's done so in business. I'm not here to play around in Republican Party politics. It's their playground.
Other than making Pence the Republican nominee, Shepherd's piece excellently drives home a point. Indiana does have a rather male-dominated history of political leaders. That needs to change. Democrats tried to change it in 2008 by nominating Jill Long Thompson as their standard-bearer for Governor. For many reasons, she wasn't successful. It should be noted, though, that in 2008, Hillary Clinton eeked out a primary victory over Barack Obama. Women can win in Indiana, and they will.
It's important that women continue to run for office. On the Democratic side, Vi Simpson would make an excellent candidate for any higher office...including Governor or U.S. House or Senate. Then again, I'm also happy with her fighting the good fight in the State Senate.