There’s a lot of speculation around who GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will choose as his running mate. Clues hinting at who his pick may be continue to emerge, and a recent report from MSNBC’s Michael O’Brien revealed the elimination of an entire group from the race, women.
According to the report from MSNBC’s Michael O’Brien, an informal Romney adviser said:
I think, unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that," said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP would draw inevitable comparisons to the former Alaska governor. "I would guess if I were inside the Romney mind that they're worried that any woman chosen will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny.
It’s absolutely ridiculous for the Romney campaign to use Sarah Palin as an excuse rule out women in the GOP search for a vice presidential candidate; she isn’t the only blip on the GOP’s record, and she certainly isn’t the worst. Sure, Sarah Palin didn’t really do much to help the GOP’s reputation – but she certainly isn’t the only one bringing the party down. Rush Limbaugh called a woman a slut on his radio show. Donald Trump is still making birther comments a year after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate. And the GOP Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney himself, still won’t say whether or not he supports Paycheck Fairness.
When you rule out women, you rule out 51% of the population. EMILY’s list understands the importance of having women involved at every level of government – local, state, and federal. In 2012, EMILY’s List is supporting an incredible number of candidates — women who will change the way Washington works and fight for progressive policies. We’re working towards the day when there are no glass ceilings and women have an equal number of seats at the table of power -- and we’ll get there