Qualified female presidential candidates in 2012? Nada.

Before I launch into a whole rant, let me just say that I am not a crazy feminist. I do not hate men, I do not burn my bras on Friday nights and I am not an angry person. I am, however, a rational, easygoing feminist who believes that women and men should be equally appreciated by society. I also believe that more action needs to be taken to end violence toward women and to promote women into top executive positions.  All right, now that we have that cleared up, let’s plunge into the forlorn state of potential female candidates in the 2012 Republican primary. It appears that there are only two possibilities — Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Cringe. It’s not that they are both conservative. I do not judge candidates based on the parties they represent, because honestly, both parties are simply a mess. What bothers me about Bachmann and Palin is that they say absolutely insane things accidently and get press coverage. Bachmann said at an Iowans For Tax Relief event in 2011,”But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.” On Glenn Beck’s radio show in November 2010, Palin said, “But obviously, we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies.” It is like a game of Mad Lib gone horribly wrong. It is one thing to make a couple honest mistakes in one’s career as a politician. However, in the case of the quotations above, you have to ask “What the hell were they thinking?” I am tired of the shenanigans of Bachmann and Palin. They have the chance to show the country that women can influence politics in a positive way, and they are just tossing this opportunity out the window by presenting themselves as dim-witted and untrustworthy. Here is what I want. I want a well-educated woman with degrees in law, economics, and more to take this nation by its antlers and prove that there can be a rational, intelligent and powerful female president of the United States. My hopes are with the election of 2016.