Tuesday 27 May 2008

Representative much??

I was just reading a piece in CNN about the US elections and stumbled upon a particularly interesting piece about the potential VP candidates to complete the John McCain ticket.
The obvious names are all there - Huckabee and Romney form the primaries as well as some of the senior senators from the southern states - so all very much as expected. However as I ran through the full list of 23 names, one thing that struck me was the lack of diversity.
Of the 23 there were only 2 non-Caucasians and 2 women. Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice falls into both categories and seems an unlikely running mate based on recent reports. The other three non-middle aged, white, males in the mix are Indian-American Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
This doesn't really match up too well with the demographics of the country which show that one in two people are female, one in six are Hispanic and one in eight are black.
So, before you all vote in November it's definitely worth thinking about the GOP and ask: "Does it represent me?"


simon said...

If you did the same list for the democrats would it be representative of the population? I doubt it.

Lynne O'Sullivan and Paul kennedy said...

But their front-runner will come from a non-white ethnicity or females - the GOP has already selected one old man and will probably partner him with another.

Simon said...

But their front-runner will come from a non-white ethnicity or females
Ya and before that they were white. While Bush has had Rice and Powell in powerful positions.

Yednnek said...

Geraldine Ferraro ran with Walter Mondale in 1984.
Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House.

simon said...

Indeed the point is the democrats don't have a monopoly on blacks or female representatives. To pretend there is is just falling into the spin machine. If you want to go back in time Lincoln was a republican

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