Will 2012 be the “Year of the Woman”?

Photo of Ann Romney at the Reagan Dinner in De...
Ann Romney.
Michele Bachmann.
Michele Bachmann.
Jan Brewer.
Jan Brewer.

By Juliana Jiménez

Progress is not inevitable, and the current political climate, the state of women in politics, and the war on women are all cases in point. Kathy Kleeman and Debbie Walsh from the Center for American Women and Politics wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post on channeling the ire of women so that they get into office.

I wholeheartedly agree. I wish I could act on my words and actually do the whole “being-the-change-you-want” thing. Unfortunately, I can’t, and I’m not sure I want to, run for office (although sometimes I kind of feel like it. For now I’ll stay on this side).

But for the ones who do take up the battle in Washington and in local governments across the country, well, good luck. My concern with this is that, hopefully, it won’t be hacks like Jan Brewer, who, how shall I put this, is not a good human being. Or Sarah Palin, or Michele Bachmann, dimwits who “shore up the base” like war-mongering beauty queens. Or Condolezza. Next thing we know, it’s gonna be Ann Romney. Oh god, please don’t let it be Ann Romney. Please.

Let’s remember the type of person we want in office – someone who is sensitive to a great variety of problems and their nuances, for both men and women, not someone who goes up there to shoot the collective foot of womankind. Let’s remember that there’s much to do ahead — ahemm, Scott Walker repealing Equal Pay Act! (You suck). And so do the other entitled oblivious assholes in office and in the media, like Alex Castellanos, who doesn’t believe in the legend of the Women Who Get Paid Less Than Men. Good thing we have ballers like Rachel Maddow to highlight things like facts.

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