Cosmopolitan sees a dim future for conservative women. A dim future indeed. At least that’s the underlying message in its new piece, “Seven Women Who Could Be Our First Female President.”In it, senior writer Rebecca Nelson has sky-high expectations for seven female Democrats known for their left-wing politics, but she neglects to forecast a similarly bright future for a single Republican woman–to say nothing of conservative Republicans. Instead, her list is a liberal Dream Team spotlighting the likes of talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Massachussetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Even moderate Democrats are a no-show.
Nelson describes her picks as “eminently qualified,” never mind that none of the women have been in office for more than one term–if they have served at all–and two of them have scarcely moved to Washington: Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth and California Sen. Kamala Harris arrived on Capital Hill about six months ago.
Two of the women on the list have already stated that they won’t be running for anything at all. “I will never run for public office,” Oprah Winfrey told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this summer. “That’s a pretty definitive thing.”
Facebook’s Sandburg concurs: “I have said no, and I’m going to continue to say no,” she said to Recode in February.Yet these are the “buzzworthy” women to watch in the 2020 presidential race, according to Cosmo.
Not so, we suppose, are the five Republican women in the Senate, the most famous one being Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate and well-known 20-year veteran; or any one of the Republican women governors, who now outnumber Democrats four to two. Nelson likewise ignores GOP superstars such as Nikki Haley, the ex-governor of South Carolina and current U.N. ambassador; Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush’s U.S. national security advisor and secretary of state; Carly Fiorina, the former presidential nominee and ex-Hewlett Packard CEO; or Meg Whitman, who currently leads the same technology giant. Like elsewhere, Sarah Palin gets no respect here, either.
We’re told over and over again that there’s no bias in the mainstream media these days, and we assume we’d get the same spiel from Cosmo. Unless, of course, the magazine has actually come out as a progressive mouthpiece and we missed it.In that case, and only in that case, does this list make any sense at all.
[Note: This article was written by Joe Vidueira]