Elite Women of Democratic Party Complain of VP Selection Process: We Can’t Get a Break — Nit Picked, not Vetted
AsJoe Biden inches closer to announcing his running mate, one thing has become clear: Because the presumptive Democratic nominee has committed to having a woman on the ticket, no one he picks will be seen as good enough for the job.
Kamala Harris is too ambitious; Elizabeth Warren is too much of a know-it-all; Stacey Abrams doesn’t have enough experience. This is more than standard vetting — it’s a live demonstration of the impossibly high standard women are held to, even when they’re up for the second-most important job. It’s the latest iteration of the “I’ll vote for a woman, just not that woman” phenomenon, and it shows that despite all the feminist gains made in female representation in D.C., America still has a problem with women in leadership positions.
Now we have to watch again as smart, capable women are nitpicked over and dismissed.
Only 45% of American men would feel “very comfortable” having a female president; it makes sense that the same would be true for vice president — a role just a breath away from the presidency. That’s a bitter pill for women to swallow. It’s bad enough that there’s another old white man representing Democrats in the presidential election, but now we have to watch again as smart, capable women are nitpicked over and dismissed—another reminder of just how misogynist this country is.
Even worse will be watching how Biden’s vice presidential pick will be expected to answer for all of his bad decisions. We’ll see her questioned about the sexual assault allegations against Biden, about his poor treatment of Anita Hill, and over his unapologetic handsiness.