First of all, let me say that I like Sarah and Michelle. In fact, I think they are both very intelligent, very capable, and very powerful women. They are leaders, no doubt. But, I don't think either of the should be our next president.
Women and men are wired differently. They are designed differently. Now, I will say that I think a lot of us women (I've been here, too...) have tried to go against our nature at times, because characteristics such as "emotional" or "soft" or even (brace yourselves) "dependent" are not praised in our society. They are seen as weak. I, on the other hand, see a woman as confident and strong when she can embrace those characteristics as qualities and not weaknesses. So, what does this have to do with the presidency?
I do not think women are wired for a position like the presidency. I do think women make good leaders, and I also think we are an essential and equally important part of government and society as men. Especially with regard to women like Sarah and Michelle, to assume the position of president would to put your responsibilities as a wife and mother aside. There is no way that Sarah Palin can be the type of mother to her children that they need her to be and run the most powerful country in the world. And, if she were being that type of mother there is no way she could do a good job at running the country.
Now, I'm not one to believe that the United States needs to do things based on how other countries will react, but in this situation, I think it's appropriate. When it comes to our relationship with Arab countries, a woman president will weaken us. The men in power in such countries do not respect women and do not see them as equal to men, so they would certainly not respect a woman as our president. I think it could be empowering to them.
I'm curious to know how others feel about this. I've talked with people about it and found out that there are others who have the same, or similar, hesitations that I do. Do I seem like an anti-feminist? Sexist? Or does it seem logical? It'll be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming days. Who knows, maybe Condi Rice will join the race, too? That would make things interesting...