Friday, August 29, 2008

Does Gender Trump Ideology?

MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell posted a compelling question after McCain nominated Gov. Sarah Palin as his VP running mate today. Does gender trump ideology? This is a good question.

Will women vote for McCain/Palin because of Palin's female gender, regardless of whether they agree with her on the issues?

Her gender should not determine the vote. That would be sex discrimination against men.

In the workplace setting, it is clear that it is against the law to select someone just because of gender. The only relevant question is the ability to perform the job.

It will remain to be seen whether the candidates have the skills, training, and ability to lead our country into the next generation. We'll be watching!