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Monday, June 06, 2016

Having a woman as president matters

I see in the news that the AP states that Hillary now has enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination ... Clinton’s victory is broadly decisive. She leads Sanders by more than 3 million cast votes, by 291 pledged delegates and by 523 superdelegates. She won 29 caucuses and primaries to his 21 victories.

Bernie, of course, is disputing this, but he's just in denial ... Sanders believes a strong showing in California will bolster his argument to superdelegates that he should be the nominee. Changing the minds of 200-some politicians is totally doable, he says, and he’s going to fight until the July convention to make it happen. Sure, it’s possible – in the way that a zombie apocalypse, a supervolcano eruption or a watchable sequel to “The Purge” are all possible. Just not likely. Because math.

So, Hillary getting enough delegates is huge ... this makes her the first female presumptive president in US history. Many people pooh-pooh the importance of a first woman president, but remember that we live in a country where women still do not get equal pay for equal work , a country where a legal medical procedure can be made so difficult for a woman to obtain that it's practically impossible, a country where a man can rape an unconscious woman and get a six month sentence.

And so yes, it matters that a women may be president. As Hillary said ... "My supporters are passionate. They are committed. They have voted for me in great numbers across our country for many reasons. But among those reasons is their belief that having a woman president will make a great statement, a historic statement, about what kind of country we are, what we stand for."


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