Message from Concord: Run, Debbie, run!
FILE - This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Fla., speaking at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. President Barack Obama wants Wasserman Schultz to stay on as his partys chairwoman. Wasserman Schultz has overseen the Democratic National Committee since early 2011. Party officials credit her in part with helping the president carry her home state of Florida, as well as leading the party to an expanded majority in the Senate and more seats in the House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
On Thursday’s Forum page, we published photographs of 40 high-profile women and asked readers whether they thought they’d be plausible as presidential candidates. We also asked who we’d left off the list. The response was big, and many readers asked the same question: Where the heck was Debbie Wasserman Schultz?
As political analyst Homer Simpson would say, D’oh!
Wasserman Schultz is a congresswoman from Florida and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She even has vacation property in New Hampshire. (Not that that necessarily helps; just ask the Romneys.) Here’s a small taste of Schultz’s politics – her view of the Tea Party, from a recent column in Politico:
“The civil war that has been raging within the Republican Party is over. And now that the House has voted to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded, it’s official: The Tea Party has won – the far right is calling the shots.”
If Wasserman Schultz is not thinking about a New Hampshire presidential primary run, maybe she should; at least in the Concord area, she’s apparently got a fan club.
Among the other reactions to our photo page:
∎ A reader in Chichester had numerous other politicians to add to our list: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as speaker of the House; Mazie Hirono, a Democratic senator from Hawaii; Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Loretta Sanchez of California; Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut; Democratic Reps. Nita Lowey and Louise Slaughter of New York; Democratic Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas; Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of D.C.
∎ A man from Concord suggested Oprah Winfrey.
∎ At least one woman found our collection depressingly lacking in racial diversity. “We’ve got a long way to go,” she wrote. (The addition of Winfrey and the list from Chichester, which includes several women of color, might help address that concern.)
∎ A reader from Canterbury was struck by the women’s clothes: “You know what jumped out at me? The necklines. There’s something really vulnerable about an exposed neck. If these were men, they’d all have buttoned up shirts and ties. The other thing that struck me is the tipped head pose, which almost all these women have struck – body language experts have a lot to say about that one.”
∎ One Monitor website commenter seemed to like the idea of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Now that’s a woman to keep an eye on.”
∎ Another seemed skeptical about Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee from 2008: “Don’t know about Sarah Palin; she might decide to quit in the middle of her term if she sees an easier way to make more money.”
∎ And, of course, there were commenters eager to hate the idea of New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (a Democrat) or Kelly Ayotte (a Republican) running for president. Bipartisanship lives!
We’ll publish a collection of letters on this topic on Monday’s Opinion page.
(Felice Belman can be reached at 369-3370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)