Gender is no credential for the White House

Gender is no credential for the White House

Carly Fiorina announced her candidacy for president this week, making her the second woman to join the 2016 race — the other, of course, being Democrat Hillary Clinton. Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is considered a long shot for the GOP nomination, while Clinton is widely seen as a shoo-in for the Democrats. But who knows? The first caucuses and primaries are still many months off, and in politics anything can happen.

This early in the presidential cycle, I make no predictions about how the race will play out. But one thing I’m sure of: America doesn’t need to send a woman to the White House.

Needless to say, many Clinton supporters vehemently proclaim the opposite.

“Hillary Clinton Is Running For President, And I’m Voting For Her Because She’s A Woman,” reads the headline on a long essay by Gabrielle Moss in Bustle magazine. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, asked whether Clinton’s vote for the Iraq War should disqualify her from the support of progressive Democrats, responds that “what’s important is what it would mean to elect a woman president of the United States.” Never mind old controversies, Pelosi suggests; Clinton’s sex is what should animate voters now.

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