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What will it take for this country to elect a woman president?
January 4th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

What will it take for this country to elect a woman president?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Michele Bachmann's dreams of being president are history. And so too is the possibility of the U.S. electing its first woman president - at least for another four years.

This was the second election in a row where a woman tried and failed to become president.

Hillary Clinton made a great run at it in 2008, but in the end lost the Democratic Party's nomination to Barack Obama.

When Clinton bowed out, she acknowledged she wasn't able to "shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling" but noted that her supporters put about 18 million cracks in it. At the time, polls suggested Americans were more ready for a black president than a woman president.

Fast forward four years, and there were high expectations for Bachmann, at least in her birth state of Iowa.

Bachmann entered the race as a tea party favorite and became the first woman to win the Ames Straw Poll in August. Unfortunately for Bachmann, that was the high point of her campaign.

Here’s my question to you: What will it take for this country to elect a woman president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rich:
A woman that has the presence, determination, leadership and political savvy that Margaret Thatcher had when she became Prime Minister of England. Right now I do not see anyone in either party, man or woman, who has these qualities.

David in Virginia:
Bachmann spun the wheel and lost, but for no gender-discernable reasons. Hillary Clinton was eminently electable until Obama got in the way. Back then, you asked, "What will it take for an African-American to become President?" Are you never satisfied?

Jim in Los Angeles:
Jack, You must be kidding. Being the weaker gender, women get kicked around by men, are expected to maintain a home, earn a second income, be submissive, provide fantasy sex, raise children and behave. Hillary Clinton would make a fabulous president...she acts like a man!

Bill in New Mexico:
It will take everything that was required for Obama to be elected! The previous party's president has to be hated enough, despised enough, dumb enough– for the voters to forget completely all of their biases. That is what is required for America to elect a woman president.

Paul in Texas:
When the last good ole' boy retires, which may not be that much longer.

Ken:
Good question, but the only answer is that first a woman must be elected vice president. From that platform, she will be halfway to getting elected. Mrs. Clinton would have been a good choice in the last election to be the VP and therefore President in 2016.

Shirley:
Smarter men.

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. The Daleks

    It will take Elizabeth Warren being on the ballot in 2016, after she serves in the Senate.

    From Flemington, NJ

    January 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  2. Greg, Ontario

    A younger, smarter less conceited Hillary. All I've seen so far is little old women and outright airheads representing the fairer sex.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  3. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    Convince Hillary to run!

    January 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  4. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    Convince Hillary to run!
    What will it take for this country to elect a woman president?
    I'm under the right heading- you must be letting jack run the board today? LOL

    January 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  5. William Pontarelli

    A slightly right of center moderate republican. e.g. Angela Mmerkel is to Germany. Angela would be a flaming liberal in USA.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  6. Ed From Harrisburg

    She's got to have the conviction and stature of a Margaret Thatcher or Golda Meir, the brains and political skills of a Bill Clinton, and the sex appeal of a Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann

    January 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  7. Jim

    Jack,

    I think Hillary could have won against McCain. The country proved it was ready for an African American president. I think we are just as ready for a woman. She will have to be smart, quick, and tough; just like any other successful candidate. Here's another question; when will a Native American become the American President?

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    January 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  8. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    It will take alot of change. This country will need to become more progressive and secular to allow for it. The NeoCons and Evangelicals won't allow for it, and right now they have more power than they really should. But I could be wrong, we did elect a non-white to the office of President in my life time. Hopefully it won't take my daughters life time to see a woman as President.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  9. Bud Simpson

    We'll elect a woman president when we suddenly lose all memory of our time in middle school.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  10. Naomi

    The goal should not be to elect any woman but a competent woman. Hillary Clinton is the most compentent woman that has run for president thus far. That being said neither gender, nor race, should be a determining factor for your qualifications for POTUS. The current political environment demands a greater commitment of time than would be allowed to women. Generally speaking, if a woman committed the amount of time to a presidential campaign (required to give it a chance to be successful) that a man did, wouldn't she be accused of neglecting her family/children?

    January 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  11. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    When men stop thinking like what Hillary Clinton said, "They should stay home and bake cookies".

    January 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  12. John from Alabama

    Jack: When Hillary Clinton decides to run a woman will win the Office of President of the United States of America. I believe she has the experience and support from key people around the nation and the world. Now, President Bill Clinton needs to be a big support with little or no speeches.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  13. Alex in Wisconsin

    A candidate who isn't factually inept or is fortunate enough not to go up against Barack Obama in the primaries.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  14. Doug Ericson

    Prerequisites for becoming the first Woman President of the USA. 1. Former or present Senator or Governor. 2. Backing of you Party Leadership. 3. Backing of The Military Industrial Complex. 4. Backing of Big Corporate Interest. 5. Backing of most of the other major Special Interest Groups. 6. Having electability. a. Appealing looks. b.Charm. c. Charisma. d. Speaking ability. ( the opposite of Mayor bloomberg reading a speech one sylable at a time.) 7. Having a Protestant Religeon. 8. Having no major skeletons in the closet, or current controversial question marks. 9.Having no present or former relationships with professional athletes. 10. Having the ability to withstand the constant pressure and demands of a two year campaign. 11. Having the desire to be President. Thats it. The job is yours. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  15. Emmett Smith

    Jack,
    a woman will become president of the U.S.A. when scientists find a way to clone Margaret Thatcher.
    Emmett Smith
    Mobile, AL

    January 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  16. David in Tampa

    Welcome back Jack. I guess it time to awaken from a short Winter's slumber, re-energize what's left of my gray matter, and return to bashing those that need bashing the most. Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin are two outstanding examples of why this country will not vote for a woman for president, and there doesn't appear to be anyone of distinction on the other side either. But there are women out there that may be worthy of consideration and I would vote for one of those over the mind numbing, gentlemen of less than distinction currently seeking the Presidency on the Republican side. Oh dear, it is time for me to take my antidepressants. Something I could be on till at least until mid-November.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  17. Gary H. Boyd

    Barack Obama would have to withdraw (which won't happen) and Hillary Clinton would have to choose to run in his place (which also won't happen). Therefore, with the Republicans unable to field a viable female candidate, we are at least 5 years away from any possibility of America having a female President. Jack, I suggest you pose this same question again in 2015.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  18. David of Alexandria VA

    Jack the odds are 1:320 million, every four years, just like anyone else. Bachman spun the wheel and lost - but for no gender-discernable reasons. Hillary Clinton was eminently electable until Obama got in the way. Back then, you asked, "What will it take for an African-American to become President." Are you never satisfied?

    January 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  19. Ed from California

    Hillary running. That'll do it!

    January 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  20. Eric

    America will elect a woman president as soon a woman candidate is considered the best choice available by a party followed by a majority of voters in a presidential election. I happened to like Hillary Clinton, but she didn't win the Democratic Party's nomination. I would have given Elizabeth Dole consideration, but she didn't get far enough. It will happen, but a series of majorities need to decide she is best and that is very hard for any candidate.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  21. Karl in Flint

    Younger people today are more open to it and accepting of diversity in other areas. It will take the dying off of the last remnants of the stalwart generations. We have gotten rid of don't ask, don't tell now and same sex marriage is on the horizon, I'd say by 2020 we will be there, if not before.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  22. Loren

    A good woman candidate. We haven't seen a female candidate for President yet that wasn't severely flawed, and while this may not seem flawed, for a candidate from a previously non-elected category to succeed, he or she must be appreciably better to beat the more traditional candidate (both Obama and Kennedy succeeded because of their charismatic approach which made them appear better than either was).

    January 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  23. Mike S., New Orleans

    It will take an exceptional candidate who just happens to be a woman. It's not about genders voting for genders.
    John McCain proved that when he tried to get disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters by selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate. It's not about gender: it's about the content of their character.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  24. Tanya Roberts

    Until we can see the role of serving as President as a truly executive position and not as a way to build an ego or bank account, we will not elect a woman. Women have the intuition, ability to multi-task, collaborate and to be pivotal figures world wide. Women make up 51% of our population and only 17% of Congress. We must become more representative through empowerment, education and encouragement.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  25. Larry in Houston

    Jack – I've been waiting for this Question from you, for a very long time. To be perfectly honest, I didn't think you'd ask it. Other countries have elected a woman Prime Minister / and Presidents for a long time. Take a look at Angela Merkel / Margaret Thatcher / Golda Meier / & others.

    Answer : Obama needs to talk to Hillary, or else he will be a 1 term President, period. I'm a Registered Democrat from a Republican State, and will most likely Vote a Straight Ticket. That being said, I honestly don't know any other answer to your Question, other than Hillary, since she would be the most Qualified, compared to any other current female that is into politics.

    You will also find Obama moving towards the middle, or a little bit towards the right this yr.(in some cases) Especially when they are trying to get re-elected.

    Larry in Houston

    January 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  26. Pete from Florida

    The Republicans have token females, blacks, latinos, gays, etc, but will NEVER elect anybody other than a rich white Christian male to the top spot. Democrats and Independents would definitely elect Hillary in 2012 if she'd run, and probably Elizabeth Warren in 2016.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  27. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    It will take a candidate who is not the screwball Queen of The Tea Party.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  28. Dan5404

    Jack, There would be tremendous opposition from the right, just as there was to electing our first African-American president. They tend to prefer white people that like military spending, guns and protecting corprate donors from any kind of safety, health or financial controls on their industries. Otherwise, I think most Americans would welcome a strong female candidate that would work for working Americans, such as Hillary Clinton. She made a good try last time.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  29. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Smarter men.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  30. Mycroft Lake Travis

    Glad you asked Jack, It's easy to lose heart after witnessing what the GOP has put up for President (Bachman) and VP(Palin) recently. Both of them were obviously beholden to Big Oil and had the morals and ethics that seemed to compare to the Devil's own concubine. I quess spewing lies, hatred and then having a selfrighteous persona, isn't anything the American people are going to buy anytime soon. I wouldn't lose heart though, because in Democratic Party there are several women with the integrity and moral fabric,that would make fine Presidents. I too am curious because of your question as to when will the country elect a Bachelor or Bachelorette.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  31. Jim

    Jack, You must be kidding. Being the weaker gender they get kicked around by men, are expected to maintaina a home, earn a second income, be submissive, provide fantasy sex, raise children, and behave. Hillary Clinton would make a fabulous President...she acts like a man!
    Jim Los Angeles

    January 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  32. MYSTEROIUS

    I'll let you know in 2016.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  33. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It will take someone with Hillary Clinton's credentials not a Bachmann or Palin who are so far off the mainstream and cannot be taken seriously with their outrageous statements.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  34. Terry

    Terry from Michigan....Jack the people of the United States had their chance with Hillary and blew it. Now that there will be no Bachmann or Palin whom were'nt president material anyways we can all go and kick ourselves for being so stupid. We can't turn back time, but just think of the possibilites or progress we may have missed because of such a bone head move by many Americans.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  35. Pete in Georgia

    Well, since 9-11-2001 the world has changed.......................for the worse.
    The pressures of being the leader of not only the FREE world but also of the SANE world have grown immensely. I'm not sure our citizens see a woman as the best bet in that never ending stressful job. I can't believe a woman would even WANT the position.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  36. Steven in P'colaFL

    Short of a GOP cadidate being elected and (possibly) bringing Sarah "Mama Grizzly" Palin on as VP nominee, and something happening to the Prez post-election and inauguration, this country wouldn't be ready for a woman POTUS.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  37. Ann from Charleston SC

    It will take a woman candidate who can convince voters that she will be president for ALL Americans, not just conservatives, not just liberals, not just minorities, not just whites, not just Christian fundamentalists, not just any of the myriad of Us and Thems in this country. Wait a minute. We don't even have a male Republican candidate who will do that. Sorry. Just wishful thinking on my part.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  38. Bill of New Mexico

    It will take everything–everything that was required for Obama to be elected!

    The previous party's President has to be hated enough–
    depised enough–
    dumb enough–

    for the voters to forget completely all of their biases.

    That is what is required for America to elect a woman President.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  39. pat in michigan

    50 years of militancy by strong women who threaten white people with violence if they don't get their way.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  40. J.C. Berkeley, CA.

    Only two women were even nominated to a major party ticket: Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin. And both were in the Vice-Presidential position. It's easy to see that this country is uncomfortable with the idea of a woman taking the lead.

    As an African-American woman, my experiences show that women have to prove their competency over and over again. Any mistake can become validation for a presumed weakness, while tenacity and intellect for some reason get interpreted as frigidness. Even eccentricity is interpreted differently when expressed by a woman. It's almost as if we have to choose between being likeable but not competent enough, or being competent but unlikeable.

    So, what will it take? More time? More openness? Personally, I don't know. Maybe women should try growing mustaches...

    January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  41. mike halter

    Plain and simple Jack" Hillary in 2016.

    Mike Largo Florida

    January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  42. Brad, Portland, OR

    We almost did it when Hillary ran.

    If Obama hadn't been running the same year, I think Hillary would have been our first woman President in 2008.

    And I hate to say it, but she probably would have done a better job than Obama. She'd had plenty of previous experience with Republican slime tactics, and wouldn't have sat back and caved in to their tactics like Obama did.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  43. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    When this country run out of men. No way in the world I can see a woman in the near future been elected for the Presidency. Its like telling your wife, from now on you are the head of this household, and see what happens.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  44. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    A woman governor, senator or general with a record of accomplishment in her own right running – something we have not yet seen, even though such women exist.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  45. Andre R. Newcomb

    Define 'woman'.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  46. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl for a vast majority of men voters to become so ill that they can't vote, even by absentee ballot. might want to change the constitution to allow it as well.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  47. rich

    A woman that has the presence, determination, leadership and political savy that Margaret Thatcher had when she became Prime Minister of England.. Right now I do not see anyone in either party man or woman that have these qualities.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  48. lou.nj

    How about a sex change and looking like John McCain.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  49. Bud

    What will it take to elect a woman President? It will take the right woman.
    Contrary to feminist convictions, the problem is not gender. The right woman must have all the attributes that we the people require for our President, and that is the long and short of it.
    Bud Tillery
    Jax, FL

    January 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  50. ROSE JEFFRIES -OHIO

    Happy New Year Jack:
    Pres. Obama will win re-election of 2012. In 2016 an intelligent strong Democratic woman will win the election. America was ready for the first intelligent African-American president....next it's HER turn!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  51. Ken Victoria BC

    Good question but the only answer is that first a woman must be elected Vice President. From that platform,she will be halfway to being elected. Mrs. Clinton would have been a good choose in the last election to be the VP and therefore a President in two thousand and sixteen.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  52. Jk from Minnesota

    Jack, Rep Bachmann wasn't a very credible Presidential candidate. It will have a better chance once the Generation Y's and the Millenials are the majority of the voting electorate, Jack. They don't seem to harbor as many of the prejudices the older generations do.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  53. Nancy, Tennessee

    This country will elect a woman President when a woman runs who is ten times better looking, has twenty times more money, and is a hundred times smarter than the men running.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  54. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Jack, I've been watching politics in America for more decades than most and it is evident to me that first the woman has to run as a person, not as a woman with good political and business experience. Just like a white man runs as a politician or a black man runs as a man, not a black man. Only Hillary Clinton has had the experience but lost because of her husband.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  55. Connie A.

    After Barack Obama, my dream team would be Hillary Clinton and Conde Rice in the next election. Can you picture them standing up to someone like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?.......I totally can! These are tough women with vision, intelligence and patriotism. Either one as president or vice-president would be a dream team indeed. Just like all minorities women have to work twice as hard to show their abilities beyond their race, color or religious conviction, these two women have what it takes. Just imagine combined, who they would both represent and attract in this country.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  56. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Jack, I remember when Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister and have been watching American politics for many decades. It is obvious that Hillary was the closest we've had to be the woman and it will take someone like Miss Thatcher before we elect a lady as she didn't present herself as a woman but a leader.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  57. Larry -Denver

    Jack: Change the sentence to What will it take to elect a GOOD president? When will politicians wake up and realize the population gets more disinterested by the day, less hope, less trust. We need good, honest leaders who can work together. We are out of touch, better yet, our elected officials are out of touch with the population that elected them.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  58. Christina

    In my opinion, if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were to be nominated, she would be elected.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  59. Thund3rb1rd

    What earthly difference will it make? There is absolutely no reason a female president will be any better than a male... simply different. Judging from our first experience with a president who wasn't a white male, there would seem to be some evidence that a Madam President would be even worse.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  60. Jenna Roseville CA

    What will it take for this country to elect a woman president?

    Now that we have a black president, a woman president won't be long in coming. Black men had the right to vote before women of ANY race (white included). History is repeating itself.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  61. Weston -New York

    Nothing. Maybe in the future people will want a women president but definitely not now. Because the sad truth is that people just don't want a women president these days. and some men don't wanna listen to a women tell them what to do, no matter how smart she is. I'm sure if a women was a perfect candidate for president then people would vote for her. But so far we have not seen any very likable women candidates running for president....accept for Hilary Clinton of course. But then we were not ready for a women president. Maybe in the future things will be different. Solution, be a women who is smart and knows what they're talking about. Then, just maybe, we'll vote for you.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  62. Richard Texas

    I think what it will take is a woman running who acts like she knows what she is talking about with no baggage following her into the polls. People hire and promote women all the time in America to some of the highest offices in companies and in politics. There has not been one yet that shows the skills needed to be put in charge who has had eithers political parties backing them. If their own party is not going to put them at the top of the list then the voters certainly are not going to do it either.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  63. Carlos Morales

    The Margaret T kind of leader is not found everyday. Maybe one in a hundred years. There are many good female leaders in this Country, capable of becoming President. The time will come, sooner o later, to have a woman in the White House. It will be nice to see it happens. Clinton was a good candidate. Bachmann was not. Others will come. Wait and see.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  64. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    First off Jack, the "high expectations" for Michelle Bachmann were only in the mind of Michelle Bachmann. No one in their right mind would have voted for her to be POTUS.

    Secondly, if Hilary Clinton were to run in 2016, I firmly believe that she would be the first woman elected to office. However, given that she will be 69 at that time and may consider retirement (of a sorts) instead, we will have to wait for a woman like her to to once again challenge the "men only club" that is the office of President of the United States.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  65. Paul From Austin Texas

    When the last good ole boy retires which may not be that much longer.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  66. jose ortiz

    A competent candidate. And in four years Hillary will be the one.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  67. William Veitenheimer

    Soon! We,ve tried everyone else! We're at the bottom and it,s time to work our way back to the top of the pile.
    No one.........in the race has a chance to improve our situation.....even Obama! It,s time for real change!
    Three party system, Hell. Maybe I,ll run.....
    WFV
    Redlands Ca.
    Ret. USAF

    January 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  68. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It will take women who does not talk crazy. Both hillary and bachman wanted to nuke iran, and that's crazy talk. If a woman candidate talked more like ron paul than santorum she would get elected.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  69. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Someone like a Margaret Thatcher or Hillary Clinton or a Golda Mier or an Indira Ghandi. Chronic whiners that so openly display their igonrance of American history or the Constitution need not apply.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  70. Eve Lemon

    Old habits die hard. Women were the last group to get voting rights and they still lack pay parity for the same job a man does. I suspect a woman will be elected president when donkeys fly or a politician tells the truth. Eve of Texas

    January 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  71. Are you kidding me? NY

    We need someone who's not a crackpot so Bachmann never stood a chance. Hillary should resign from the State Dept. and run against Obama. If she really wants to do what's in the best interests of the country, she'll do it.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  72. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    Bachmann probably ruined the image of female politicians for the next 50 years or so. Hillary was their best shot, and she should have been in the VP posistion so she could follow in Obama's wake. After the crazy ladies of 2011 did their thing, there is little hope for respectable and capable women to be taken seriously in American politics. Too bad for us as a nation.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  73. gunny

    It will take a women who can stand up to the Republicans and not be afraid to take on world leaders. Its going to take a women who is willing to say what she means. Its a balance act. If she is to strong and intelligent people will hate her.
    Hillary Clinton was loved and hated by many for these reasons. I think a women would be more reliable then a man.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  74. Sylvia from San Diego

    When Hillary Clinton was running for office, I read an article that stated that American's are more sexist than they are racist. I was shocked to hear this but obviously, it is true! It will take an educated population to vote for the candidate based on facts and data. Sadly, our educational systems tells me that this will not happen any time soon....

    January 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  75. Rex in Portland, OR

    Elizabeth Warren is the obvious choice. If I were CNN I'd start pushing her as a replacement for Biden in the 2012 elections. This dynamo of reason and integrity has no negatives and needs but national exposure to solidify the once solid middle class in this country. She could reclaim most of us disaffected democrats as well as persuade the millions of registered republicans, the ones who are continually slapping their foreheads in disbelief, that there is a reasonable middle road.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  76. chris

    the question is would a woman be any better to what we have been in thre past i don't think we are against the idea but would it be any better for american like no more spending and waste and govt coontrol intrusive in our lives

    January 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  77. wayne, va beach, va

    One that has been Vice Pres.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  78. Carl in San Diego

    A strong woman. A Hillary Clinton type, at least in this day and age. The Republican's have yet to produce a strong woman. Bachmann and Palin played only to their base, not the general public, alienating many, the same with Democrat Nancy Pelosi. In the same breath, I am not impressed by any of the men running for President this time around (weak, weak, weak). In 2008, I believe that the Republican party helped defeat Hillary Clinton, because they thought they had a better chance against Barack Obama. We see how that turned out!

    January 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  79. Richard Texas

    It is hard to say Jack. In 2004 there were 8.8 million more women then men voters and a man was elected president. In 2008 there were 7 percent more women then men voters and another man was elected. We can't say that the problem is not enough women voters because there are more women then men voting. The real problem is that right now most people simply do not want a woman as president and that includes most women.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  80. gene ray

    Just time. Be patient. The more time passes, the more women will establish track records. Women in politics is really just in the early stages. We will have plenty of women presidents before this nation is through. A woman now in her 30s or 40s will be our POTUS.
    -Gene
    Hastings, Nebraska

    January 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  81. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, HIllary ran into the perfect storm; a black man who wasn't "tainted" by national notoriety. The Republican candidates, and I include Palin here, are seen as just too far outside the national political center. Of course, if the Gee-nO-teaParty wins this next national election and sweeps both houses of congress, their war on women will kill any chance of a woman becoming president in the neat future. If we remain a politically centrist country, then there is still a good chance for us to have a woman as president in our near future as long as she runs as a centrist.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  82. Toni

    For Hillary Clinton to run against the "do nothing" cowardly lion we already have a president!

    South Carolina

    January 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  83. Marty LeTendre

    Wilmington DE
    Sanity would be a great place to start.
    We are ready for a female President. But don't use Bachmann as a "standard"
    for a qualified candidate. Backmann did not get elected because she is by no
    measure, qualified to be president. Neither is Palin.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  84. Sue from North Carolina

    Give us someone who really represents us and who we can be proud to call our own, and we won't care if they're black, white, male, female or have three toes. It worked for Obama, so when they get rid of these clueless females like Palin and Bachmann, it will work for women too.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  85. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hillary was much closer to being like Margaret Thatcher than Mrs. Bachmann will ever be. First, we'd have to have a lady that didn't run as a woman but as an experienced and proven leader. It will probably be another 8 to 12 years before someone comes to the surface.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  86. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It’s a moot point. If there is a woman stupid enough to want to be president after a dozen or 16 years of consecutive Bush and Obama disasters, their complete lack of intelligence would make them unelectable.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  87. Bart Holloway

    It will never happen!!!

    January 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  88. Mark in Minnesota

    Jack - I don't really care what gender our President is; as long as he/she can PROVE their competent enough to do the job. I have no doubt that Hilary Clinton would have made a fine President. Palin and Bachmann - not a chance. I want a President that has a firm grasp on national issues, as well as foreign policy. I want a President that can offer sensible, thoughtful solutions to complex issues. I want a President that can offer leadership and hope in times of crisis. I want a President with the gumption to make the tough,difficult decisions at the critical time, without regard for "popularity polls." I don't want a President that simply wants to have the title "President of the United States." Someone who is self-absorb with delusions of grandeur; who can do nothing more than divide Americans through fear mongering; who cater to the the small percentage of extremeist views; should never be elected a to America's supreme leadership position.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  89. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    It's gonna take a woman of the tenacity of Clinton and the dogged determination of Palin to actually win a nomination for president, regardless of their party. Bachmann was just too busy trying to be Sarah Palin to be Michele Bachmann.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  90. Sandstone.

    "The USA male will need to stop threatening there spouse in the home. Woman are going to have to get tougher and leading indipendent lives from their husbands. It all boils down to the home, I know I've heard so much in the past."

    January 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  91. Bob Schroder Piedmont Quebec Canada

    I have more confidence in Caroline and Edith

    January 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  92. Al Bledsoe

    It will take lots and lots of money and SuperPAC support, and good CNN coverage. Are we talking Republican or Democrat or something else? Whatever - she'll need to go viral - good viral - not bad viral - you know what I mean. Beyond Santorum sweater-vest viral, too! - Amazing viral! Soccer-mom to boardroom viral!

    Al
    Dallas, TX

    January 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  93. susan

    As usual, when it comes to female leadership (not to mention other things), we here in the U.S. continue to lag a few cycles behind the rest of the civilized world.

    Could it have something to do with the predominant Christian values of our society, where a woman is supposed to be "subservient" to the male? That could account for part of it. Is it something inherent in our gender versus the male, who has this need to "dominate." Yes, that's probably part of it too. Maybe it's just physiology...the "bigger" fish will always be in charge of the "littler" fish.

    Look at all the trouble in the world and which gender is at its source. The answer should be crystal clear. Men like trouble. What better testament can I offer than the new flock of up-and-coming young males who are currently in training with their Call of Duty video war games series. And they can't wait to play them for real!

    Anyway, I do think the world would be in better shape, if women ruled. Sorry Jack.

    Susan
    Mansfield, Ohio

    January 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  94. Linda in Kennesaw

    Every man on the planet, not just in the United States, would have to be dead. Even a foreign-born man would get elected before a woman. With their dying breaths, Congress would change the Constitution to accommodate him.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  95. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Jack, either the female populous in this country need to put down their party's colors and vote for their gender, or that female candidate needs to grow the proverbial "third leg".

    January 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  96. Reichwing is Clueless

    To some degree, I am hoping for Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016.....

    To Greg, this women is intelligent, articulant and has more of a Brain than the Air-head Man in the Reichtie field, or any man for that matter!!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  97. Jerry

    We'll elect a woman President as soon as we stop asking questions like "What will it take for this country to elect a woman president?" and instead ask "What will it take for this country to elect the most competent president regardless of gender?

    January 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  98. Kyle

    Give me a candidate that doesn't push fundamentalist religion in government, one with sound foreign policies, with a focus on science and education, that really wants to balance the budget, and she'd have my vote. Happily so.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  99. Andrew

    The exact opposite of Sarah Palin.

    Milwaukee, WI

    January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  100. Tyler

    I think the US would've elected a woman president this year had it been anybody BUT Michelle Bachmann. She's a total lunatic who shows zero logic behind her decisions and/or ideas.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  101. Andrew

    I think it was a close call with Hilary and Obama. I think the country is ready, it just takes a woman who isn't so extreme like Bachmann. If Hilary runs again, I think she has a real chance.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  102. Kevin Foster

    It would be nice if the next candidate HAD A BRAIN!

    Marseilles, IL

    January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  103. Deb V

    Some woman who is not so polorized into a one political party. PERIOD

    January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  104. Will

    Maybe we need a black woman to run?

    January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  105. Dan K

    I think that Hilary is the only option, and it will have to always be democratic. Let's face it, Liberals are more progressive. I don't see any women republican winning the presidency before a democratic one.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  106. Rick

    The right woman....

    January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  107. David

    Simply Jack...a qualified woman candidate!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  108. Ben (Louisville, KY)

    A stronger candidate, plain and simple. Bachmann was always a weak candidate, and her failure here had nothing to do with her gender.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  109. Michael Oeckel

    Michele Bachmann could not have won BECAUSE she was a woman. She was going for the Christian evangelical vote. Whether they mean to or not, many evangelicals see Women as guiding figures – wise, maternal and domestic. While they may be more 'modern' in that they're fine with women working, the President is the highest office in the land. How many hard core evangelicals would consider electing a woman over a man to such a position. It may not be sexism, just a strict reading of the Bible.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  110. V

    What can women do better then men, it makes no difference, we dont need one.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  111. Derf

    It takes a couple of genuine bottles of Irish Whisky from your home town Dublin

    January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  112. Ethan from Vermont

    I think that it will take time, and a canadate we can trust. All Bachmenn would do would babble about things candidates did wrong "999,999,999,999" she would say. Then she said what she would do but not how she would do it!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  113. Jean in Houston

    Jack, I'm pretty sure the US won't elect a woman for president until sometime after you and your like-minded cronies join the display at the Museum of Natural History, somewhere between T. Rex and Homo Erectus.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  114. Brooke Teal Robbins

    Time.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  115. Q

    A decent candidate. Another Clinton running an abysmal campaign (remember Solis-Doyle and Penn?) and an inexperienced representative with a penchant for flat out lying. When/if Kirsten Gillibrand and Nikki Haley, two qualified, intelligent women, run, then we'll have a chance at a woman in the White House.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  116. rousch15

    Only the Democrats will nominate a woman for president and only a Democratic female candidate has any credibility mainly because of one issue: Roe v. Wade.

    Any calls for Chelsea Clinton in 2016

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  117. Mike

    Hey Jack,

    It will take a competent female leader for this country to elect a woman as President. I'm not sexist, women can are just as able to be President as men, but we haven't found the right one yet. I would have been ok with Hillary Clinton as President, but the thought of Michelle Bachmann or Sarah Palin as President makes my stomach turn. Give us some real female candidates who know how to speak and don't make themselves look like idiots in front of a national audience.

    Mike
    Chicago

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  118. Jeremy

    It will take a woman who has served in the military and know what war is like. Michelle Bachmann and Hillary Clinton haven't fought a day in their lives, yet they will send our kids off to die.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  119. C.Awambu

    It would take an intelligent & qualified woman. We can't just put anyone in the office just to satisfy the status quo.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  120. Steve

    How about a woman who can make a speech without saying Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare Obmacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare Obmacare has her own plan and not look so hard up for the man. Oh! And get the fact right and tell the truth.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  121. Magdy

    If Hillary didn't vote for Bush bogus war, she would be our president, wouldn't she?

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  122. george miller

    A very very hard freeze, if you know what I mean.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  123. rodney clark

    Michelle Bachman was NOT a legitimate candidate. Hillary Clinton was, but she unfortunately ran against Obama who beat her. What will it take? Another viable candidate. It's pretty simple. And there aren't many who choose to run.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  124. Jerome from Louisville

    Jack, all it will take is a woman like Hillary Clinton. It's the personality, not the gender.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  125. KP in Florida

    I'd like to think that a moderate and centrist candidate could become the first female president. I'd vote for someone who doesn't come across as an extremist on either side of the aisle. Maybe it's just a wishful thought, but I'm tired of the name calling and non-realistic proposals that are out there right now. The first person who can talk common sense without being adversarial...that's who would be the first female president.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  126. Dave

    What's it going to take to elect a woman as President? Not Michele Bachmann.

    Dave from Carteret, NJ

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  127. Bill

    A qualifed candidate who has the ability, charisma, experience and presidential presence to capture international respect.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  128. Gloria Amendola

    The right candidate...

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  129. Dianne from Long Island

    You are not going to believe this Jack, but I am a high school history teacher and this very topic came up in class today. A student of mine said that he never thought he would ever see a woman President in his lifetime (the student is 15 years old). I told him that I never thought I would ever see the Berlin Wall come down during my lifetime, but it did! All it takes is a good candidate to run and I do think that some day soon Americans will elect a woman.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  130. Peggy Howard

    A woman is in definition: wo= for , man, in other words the mere word explains itself. Wo means for and so there for a woman is FOR man. She also is for recreation of the human race. A woman in the Bible is never meant to usurp authoritiy to a man. The men are the leaders and the quicker every woman and man understands this then will they see the truth. Woman are not meant to lead. Men are the leaders. So therefore there will never be a woman leader.
    I know this is radical right wing, but it is in the dictionary and Bible so it is the whole truth nothing but the truth.
    Men seem to know this, but woman are the ones we have to convince.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  131. garrett

    I think i will take a women who is there to win, Backmann was not there to win and it showed in the end.
    It will take a women who has a proven track record that is what the nation wants when they are voting, Hillary was close but Bachmann was not. Women can win, but the country needs what is best for them female or male.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  132. Linda of Washington DC

    An intelligent woman with no husband "baggage"

    January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  133. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    I object to you saying only "enlightened" voters would pick a woman president. If there is to be one, they will have to be capable of being the leader and capable of presenting well to foreign governments. So far, none have been

    January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  134. Andrew Ngendung

    It's not time yet for a woman to rule the world. The United states president is equivalent to the president of the world and it takes more than woman strength to conquer the world. Unless all men become gay, a woman might never become the president of the United States.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  135. andyz Lynn, MA

    Bachman was a joke as a candidate. Hillary came very close. Give me a woman that is the best candidate and I will gladly vote for her.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  136. Don in Detroit

    We were ready in 2008. Hillary could have won in 2008 if not for Barack Obama. Barack was not better because he had a penis, Barack ran a better campaign.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  137. OneTexan

    To reiterate what another commenter posted: Convince Hillary to run AGAIN!
    While this country is still mired in the dark ages where a female presidency is concerned, if someone as superbly intelligent, tenacious and talented as Hillary can't bust through the glass ceiling, it will probably take at least another 50 years before another good candidate with similar qualities to qualify to run. Sad isn't it? Nevertheless, she did lead the way with 18 million cracks in that glass ceiling. Kudos to President Hillary :).

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  138. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    Good question deserving of Many answers!

    Happy New Year!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  139. andrew in north carolina

    Jack, The truth is plain to see. Women are in the majority, although we continue to call them the minority. It's obivious that women don't want to secede any power to another woman!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  140. Richie

    There were past polls that put Hillary Clinton's popularity up at 68%. That's almost unheard of in Washington today. If she were to challenge Barack Obama for the nomination, I firmly believe she would clench it. I would even vote Democrat to see her in the seat. I trust her and I believe she knows what is best for the country.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  141. Colleen in Butte, MT

    It shouldn't come down to gender, race, party, it should be the best qualified candidate. When a qualified woman candidate shows up then maybe she will be elected.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  142. Greg M NYC

    Jack,
    The answer is simple: It will take Hillary Clinton in 2016. She will be our first woman President.
    If she jumped ship now, she could probably beat Obama, Mitt & the cast of GOP misfits in 2012.

    I also believe there is good chance Secretary Clinton will be our First Woman VP in 2012,
    because once Romney locks up the nomination and chooses Chris Christie as his running mate, Obama will need Clinton to stop that runaway train of a formidable ticket from wrecking his bid at a 2nd term.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  143. Nick D. Neighbour

    Women are not emotionally equipt (THANK GOD!) to issue Orders that could result in thousands of deaths! Leave THAT sort of thing to the Idiot Men!!
    Women are the GIVERS of life!!
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena.
    CA.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  144. Brandon - Mediapolis, Iowa

    Hillary was the closest we got to electing a woman President. Had she ran against anyone but Pres. Obama, she would have been able to win the Democratic primary. I hope a viable female candidate will run in 2016, and no, her name is not Sarah Palin. We simply need a strong female candidate with both executive and legislative experience who is not viewed as weak or unintelligent.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  145. kelly ann

    also since women in america are treated as second class citizens compared to men, we expect LESS money for doing the same exact job, putting in the same exact time and experience, and putting in the same exact effort. all men seem to care about is asking for raises!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  146. John in Colorado

    I have no problem with voting for a woman, however, like this President and the last, none of the women who have presented themselves are really qualified for the job. I did like Michelle Bachmans nononsense approach and her candid nature, but did not feel, as with Palin and Clinton, that her expeirence measured up to the office of President.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  147. Randy

    Who cares? As we see with the "first black president" the semantics of male/female and black/white are just used by the string-pullers to distract from a government run by and for the rich and corporations. People like Hillary and Bachmann who use government to get money and power have no plans to change this corrupt system. The real question is when are we going to get a real president and not just a puppet?

    January 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  148. kelly ann

    how is bachmann suppose to get the money needed for a campaign with that ingrained in our society?

    north new jersey

    January 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  149. John Harrison

    4 Stars and Army Boots!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  150. Simon/Orlando

    Somebody with enough balls to run.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  151. Stephen Handley

    It will take a woman who is part Margret Thatcher, part Sonya Sotomyor who believes that evolution and global warming are real.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  152. Mike

    Not much Jack,We just need to run out of men first

    January 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  153. Brad Mccolloch

    I believe that we all need to get over the egos that consume us in to thinking a man can do a better job as commander and chief. More and more men are stay at home dads while women are thriving in the work force. It's already been proven the women hold high entelect and they prove it in the decisions they make in everyday life. So what it will take is for America to set aside favorable opinions about the sex of a person and take a hard look at their ability to lead. And that is comming from a mans mouth.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  154. Josephine Wright

    Jack: What about coming up with an intelligent, politically savvy, and intelligent woman with some gravitas? What a novel idea. Palin and Bachmann are laughable footnotes in the annals of American political history. Hilary, on the other hand,
    continues to have possibilities.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  155. Ravi Sharma

    British people asked the same question in the late 70's of what will it take to have a female PM. They got Margaret Thatcher aka The Iron Lady. A female candidate needs to run as a candidate disregarding the gender agenda. Hiliary was close because she understands the political spectrum and didn't just jump in the race by her looks but her knowledge.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  156. Brett

    This question is premature. We've only seen two female candidates, one tainted by her husband's presidency and her extreme left leanings, and the other was too extreme to the right. Let's ask this question after we get a variety of women in the candidate field. A woman will rise to the top with the right combination of charisma, balanced political positions, and experience. It isn't a gender issue.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  157. Adam

    I believe that America is more than ready to elect a woman, but it has to be the right woman. I believe that the last few serious female contenders, Rep. Bachmann and Gov. Palin, have fallen because of the invective that has gone with their campaigns and their relative inexperience. As a moderate Republican, I was disappointed with the cheap stunts, for example Bachmann's "Newt Romney" in the republican debate, preferring the candidates with well thought out, insightful responses. As for Secretary Clinton, she's got a shot to garner wide appeal the in 2016 because of her intellect, presence, and wide range of experience. We'll elect a woman before too long, but we need better candidates than we've gotten in this process, both male and female.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  158. Renee Peoria,Ill

    High expectations for Bachmann? Jack, what have you been smoking? I'm a woman and I can't stand Bachmann, mostly because I have to suspend my higher brain functions just to listen to her. She's an embarrassment to smart women everywhere. But then, I could say the same for most of the male GOP candidates running this year, it has nothing to do with sex. Clinton had a chance precisely because she is smart. Sex and race are no longer the biggest issues, intelligence is. When we're smart enough to stop drinking the kool-aide because they claim God told them to run, maybe we'll make better choices in the voting booth.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  159. Christopher Frendo

    For starters how about a decent woman candidate. Bachmann was transparent with no real sound ideas, she just looked for applause lines while bashing our current commander in chief. Hillary was ok until she talked to her audience as if she were talking to a room full of fourth graders.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  160. Dustin in Seattle

    Jack, It's going to take Hillary 2016.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  161. Gary

    For the GOP, it will require finding a woman candidate with a brain and a moderate stance. Michelle Bachman was marginally smarter than Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnel, not much to be proud of. Hillary is likely smarter than the three of them combined, but was unable to convince the Dems that she was a better candidate than Barrack Obama. I think Hillary might still be the first woman POTUS

    January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  162. kelly ann

    we all know how much harder it was for barack obama to get to where he was because he is african american. it is pathetic.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  163. tony

    when sarah palin runs and hilliry can b her runing mate–tony al

    January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  164. Bob

    Simply stated, a quality candidate. In '08 Clinton didn't win not because she wasn't a quality candidate, but because the democrats just liked Obama more. In almost any other election Clinton would have easily won the democratic nomination and even the general election. The Obama candidacy was just bad luck for her. If she runs in 2016 she will win unless a second "Obama" candidate jumps in. Clinton 2016?

    January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  165. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    The Republican Party is the party of the White Male, so they'll never nominate a woman. The woman would have to be from the Democratic Party, have the smarts, experience, and popularity of Hillary. And what she can't have is a Barack Obama type come along to snatch the momentum.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  166. Ray Atler

    Ain't gonna happen, Jack. Not in our lifetimes. Not to be insensitive or sound racist, but when Democrats choose an African American over a woman as their standard-bearar, they sent a chilling message to women. And the Republicans? They only allow whack jobs like Bachmann and Palin run, which is a sneakier way to keep women in their place. There's no shortage of qualified, electable women in this country, but the boys inside the beltway are scared to death of them.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  167. Missy

    How many men have lost the run for President? There have only been a couple of women try for it, I don't think it has anything to do with what sex they are. I don't think we should elect someone just because they are female, we should elect them because they are qualified.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  168. Larry from Pasadena, Ca.

    Come on, Jack, that should be obvious. When Donna Brazile runs, it's all over!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  169. Gail, Plano TX.

    It will take a woman with a brain to be elected President of these United States! Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin are 2 examples of women minus brains! Bachmann is a shrill harpie, whose only claim to fame is that she hates the President. She & Palin make me wish I was deaf when I hear their voices.
    Hillary Clinton is qualified to be President. As is Elizabeth Warren. I would vote for these women in a NY minute!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  170. Rose

    This country will elect a woman president when it stops making such a big deal about a WOMAN running for president....and when the women running stop playing the 'woman card'. Look at other countries that have female leaders....these women are leaders because their countries saw them as good leaders, not women trying to break some made-up sexist attitude towards them. It's not just MEN voting ya know.....

    January 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  171. Al

    If you do some polling, you will find that some female candidates will beat some male candidates. You need to address a more fundamental question – what will it take for a female candidate to win the nomination of a major party?

    January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  172. john murphy scobey montana

    It will take a Hillary Clinton who hasn't been savaged previously by the right wing.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  173. Sarah-Tucson, AZ

    One of two things to happen: females in the country banding together like in the sufferage movement, males ceasing to look below

    January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  174. rodgers

    Not just any woman Jack. It has to be someone with sense. It seemed to me that Buchman had more a hate than policy issue with Obama. Every line had Barack in all her speeches. that turns off voters. tell us your ideas and not just saying you wanna be in the white house! lines like on day one Obama ....For goodness sake he was having an inoguration on day one. personally am glad she is gone. we need solutions not hate jack. thanks.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  175. Fyne, California.

    Jack: It does not seem to be so much the sex of the candidate as it is the person of the candidate–who the candidate is, what the candidate brings to the arena, and who else the candidate is competing with. And, as for the two women–Michele Backmann and Hillary Clinton,truth be told, while Mrs. Clinton ran for the presidency of the United States, Mrs. Backmann was ran a protest movement.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  176. Deb V

    Michelle Bauchman would never get the national nomination.period.........She is to conservative....Most americans are not conservative....
    Mitt Romney?? Naw he is buying his way to the white house....Rick Santorium? to conservative for the National election...Bachman out, Perry out,. Newth sealed his faite with Romney being a liar statement...He doomed himself.
    My gut tells me Obama will keep his position....

    January 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  177. Karl in Flint

    We have already elected a single man, James Buchanan, and his niece did the First Lady duties. Now it's time to move on and elect a woman, single or married'

    January 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  178. Fyne, California.

    sorry strike *was* before ran (last line)

    January 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  179. Ken Mare

    As long the US remains a superpower, there’s zero chance of having a woman in the White House. Superpower status entails a testosterone approach to conducting relations with other countries, a trait that is not traditionally and generally attributed to women. So while there may emerge viable and qualified women candidates for the presidency, the biased assumption that women are not man enough to occupy the Oval Office will continue to stifle their campaigns ¾ unless, of course, the US is willing to relinquish her position as the strongest nation on earth.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  180. Carter

    Jack, I have no doubt that one day we'll elect a woman as commander in chief she'll be a qualified political mind, not a yokel like Bachmann. The saddest thing about this latest episode in our nation's curious political history is that when someone who is clearly and notoriously prone to making what are at best mis statements regarding history and general knowledge, is called on it, her deault setting is to claim sexism afoot. Bachmann who thought that the founding fathers most of which were slave owners "worked tirelessly to eradicate the scourge of slavery". That basic misunderstanding of history along with the delusions of grandeur which led Bachmann to think that she had a snowballs chance in hell of becoming president are essentially what were er undoing much more than any sort of "sexism". The woman who is eventually elected president will not feel the need to regularly spout out "I AM A SERIOUS CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES" because she will A. not need to state such a fact it will be evident to all, and B. will realize that the moment she feels the need to state such a fact, it immediately renders her the opposite. Oh yeah, whoever we elect will know the correct pronunciation of the word "Scourge" when she uses it.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  181. Graham W.

    Now that Palin and Bachmann are out of the way (perhaps they will join up and create their own "not-in-touch-with-reality show"), the door is open for a skilled and intelligent woman to run in 2016. If Hillary Clinton were to run (or a female of comparable abilities), she will have my vote. The Palin and Bachmann show certainly hurt the cause for a woman president; nonetheless, it can, should, and will happen in my lifetime (I am 57).

    January 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  182. OLSJ

    Plain and simple Michelle Obama would be need to be on the ballot. Hillary Clinton would have been the best but it was simply not her time in 2008. Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman simply embarrassed women by not doing their homework. Their child-like attitudes and lack of knowledge and know-how was the cause of their demise.

    OLSJ
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    January 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  183. bill

    It will take the right candidate. Clinton's only credential was she was married to Bill. Michele Bachmann had an admirable record that she compiled on her own. So, we're getting closer. Gender, or for that matter, race, should not be part of the equation. A quality candidate that makes their case to the American people is the answer regardless whether they wear a skirt or not.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  184. Dale in Dallas

    It has nothing to do with them being women, they're taking the same chances as any man running for president. Many run, but only one is chosen.

    Hillary Clinton didn't make it because she wasn't an inspiring candidate. Michelle Bachmann didn't make it because she's a lunatic. Elizabeth Warren will be the first woman president of the US.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  185. Caiha

    I'd love for there to be a women president, but it'd be foolish to elect an ignorant crazy lady (Bachmann) or pompous entitled tiger lady (Clinton) to the office just because they happen to be women. Sadly though, you kind of have to have something wrong with you to want to run for President (i.e. most, most as in most but not all, mentally competent women wouldn't want the job).

    January 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  186. Cody in Maryland

    Jack, I will never vote for a WOMAN or a MAN for President unless I feel that person is the right person for the job at the right time!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  187. Missy

    How many men have lost the run for President? There have only been a couple of women try, I don't think it has anything to do with sex. We shouldn't elect someone just because they are female, we should elect them because they are qualified.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  188. LMK

    It will take a woman who is not as blatantly right- or left-wing. A moderate, sensible woman could do wonders for the country. The men certainly have screwed up long enough. Bachmann was far too conservative to be elected.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  189. Gary

    Someone who is perceived to be fair but tough. Unfortunately, women seem to have to always work harder than men to prove the can stand up against our toughest adversary.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  190. Ernest Corneille

    It will probably take what it took for the first Black American president; a feeling of discomfort with where the country is heading. Let's remember, if there wasn't a George W Bush Jr. there probably would not be Black American president, as least not so soon. The general American was loosing hope and there were crisis within the country. There was a need for a change and Obama had that message. Therefore, it will take something similar. You cannot try to make history and have a message just like the other guys with difference as small as a "period". Its is too risky. Not the only the face needs to be radical but the message also. And I mean radical in a sense that it is unfamiliar. An unfamiliar message is needed in unfamiliar times.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  191. Jim Campbell, St. Paul, MN

    In politics, timing is everything. When the timing is favorable for any candidate, they win. A woman will soon find herself with the right timing, and she will win the presidency. I submit that Secretary Clinton will find that the time is right in 2016.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  192. Jeff In Minnesota

    How about a woman that is qualified. Hillary Clinton is probably the last woman that is qualified to be President. But Michele Bachmann – really? The woman might has some foreign policy chops, but that is it. Otherwise she's got no other skills that she's shown that would make me believe that she's capable. The woman has no patience to keep up on the facts, misstates the facts and seems to have little interest in the facts other than those that serve her purposes. The American electorate is smarter than that and that and that is why Representative Bachmann is done.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  193. P. Watkins.

    When the country sees through the Rich (mainly white) old men's club – is no longer effective as Washington is essentially in gridlock. As these men act like small children in a sandbox. The country is fed up with these men fighting over everything and NOTHING getting done as the Americian People and their plight gets ignored. Obviously, a women is able to multi task, compromise, not have the testosterone contests and work within a budget – and get things done!
    Hilliary would of won if the DNC wouldn't have given votes to Obama in the Michigan & Florida primary's. Obama was the "Golden Boy" & the clear choice of the DNC ~ as they couldn't control Hillary and had issues with Bill Clinton. I think we can all see that Hilliary would have been the better choice.
    Now I hear that people want Obama to put Hilliary on as VP, to help save his presidency – if she is smart – she'd finish her service as Sec. of State and bow out knowing that she IS the most respected women!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  194. H. Elem

    there is a big chance to see woman president soon, and qualifications has nothing to do with that. a lot of Americans voted for George w only to see W and a lot of Americans voted for Obama to see black president. they act like a consumer who wnats to try every thing. in that aspect, a lot of Americans want to see president woman . another point is the trend, the three last president were different. so this supports the first point that American voters acting like shoppers recently.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  195. Bruce Kalter

    Michelle Bachmann didn't fail because she was a woman. She failed because she's Michele Bachman. What will it take to elect a female president? A smart, sharp, viable candidate. The country is ready for it. - Montville NJ

    January 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  196. Phil

    Bachman did have the qualifications to become President. She is a below average congresswoman at best. Having the right sex and race are no longer a prerequisite to becoming president. Having the right Religion is still important. The better question is what would it take for a Muslim, Budhist, Hindu, or god forbid an Atheist to become President.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  197. Donald

    Burkesville, KY. It will take someone with less baggage than Clinton (her husband), or Palin (her entire family). It will take someone whose word and lifestyle can withstand the scrutiny, neither Clinton nor Palin. It will take a woman that women can support. I don't think it will be Oprah, nor do I think it will be anyone in the forefront of the present political arena. It will also be someone that popular radio political commentators like Mike Huckabee will support. Unfortunately these people wield much influence. Huckabee commands more prestige now, than he did as a candidate. Kind of funny how that worked, isn't it? But as much as we have claimed to respect women, as a society we have consistently doubted their good political sense. We see high government as beyond the capabilities of women. It makes you wonder how these unthinking, indecisive, inept creatures managed to raise us all.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  198. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    Never. This country will never elect a woman president. They are not ready, will never be ready. Look how much longer it took women to get the right to vote (after African-Americans)–60 some years. And it took a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT for it to happen. Women still don't earn what men earn for the same job with the same experience. Women are still only a fraction of the smallest fraction of CEOs. Women are still under-represented in Congress. Women are still barred from battle (from serving on the front lines in war). They're still a tiny part of a small minority of governors and mayors.

    I don't think it matters how intelligent a woman candidate is–Hilary Clinton is smart, a lot smarter than the current crop of republicans running for president, and smarter than the democratic candidates the last time around. Americans don't choose a president for his intelligence. They apparently want someone they like, someone they can have a beer with (this was the rationale for electing Bush II). And this is the reason for the level of stupidity and ignorance demonstrated by the republican candidates–they've bashed intelligence for so long that now anyone with more than two brain cells is disqualified because he's smart. Look at Perry, at Bachmann, at Palin, at Cain, at Santorum.

    The female candidates on the republican side (Bachmann, Palin) are so stupid, so ignorant (and so proud of it) it scares me. The woman who ran for the senate seat in Delaware, the tea party darling, who didn't know that the first Amendment forbids the government from establishing a state religion, from favoring one religion over another, etc., they're all just so....nuts.

    The other reason a woman won't be elected–because the right-wingers, the Christian evangelicals, the tea party, the neocons, none of them will suffer a woman to be president. They believe in the Bible, which says that women must be submissive to men in all matters. Women are to obey men. They are to follow men, never to lead. A president is a leader, and the evangelicals, which push comes to shove, would rather take Obama for another 4 years than put Bachmann (even though she's one of them) in power.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  199. John in Houston

    Jack, it isn't a glass ceiling issue. It's a poor candidate issue. Michelle Bachman never had a chance of reaching the Whitehouse. She may have some appeal to Evangelicals in Iowa, but she is too radical for mainstream Americans.

    Hilary's issue was her last name. Hopefully that is less of a problem after her fantastic job over the last 3 years, but it is still going to be a huge hill for her to climb.

    If a quality mainstream female candidate were to run, gender would not be a signficant impediment. The problem is getting a mainstream candidate through the increasingly radical primary process.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  200. Tom Donald

    We need to elect a competent man first and I don't see it coming in Nov 2012, maybe 2016????

    January 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  201. Jo

    Jack: You honestly believed Michele Backmann was running for President of the United States–leader of the free world? Then, there is an even greater threat to the survival of our democracy...due to indolence of our fourth estate.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  202. Luke

    When Elizabeth Warren runs 2016. She has the cajones too take on anyone and has the "take no prisoners" mentality Margaret Thatcher became famous for. Candidates should watch out for Warren, she is the next superstar Democrat.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  203. dk

    Women are the majority, and they don't vote for women... so don't complain to me about a glass ceiling you maintain ok?

    January 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  204. Christine

    In 2008, CNN asked the question, "Is America ready for a woman president?" The answer, overwhelmingly was yes! We had the best candidate, Hillary Clinton, right there. But then Obama popped on the scene and all the men in the Democratic Party were so relieved! Now they didn't have to stand behind a woman. Suddenly NO ONE was backing Hillary. She was thrown by the wayside by the Party and by CNN. The rest is history. What a shame.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  205. Southern Lady

    A qualified female candidate would have to come from the Democratic party as the Republican's idea of proposed candidates, Palin and Bacuhmann, are so unqualified, so unelectable that they would never win an election. Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, both Democratic women, would give honor to the office of the presidency. I would be pleased to see an Obama/Clinton team in 2012. Judging from the candidates offered by the once-proud Republican party in the current election, the R party has big problems. If they get rid of the Tea Party and the evangelicals, they will start to recover.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  206. SilverHair

    Where is Iron Pants?

    January 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  207. Myriam

    US voters need to stop thinking that only men can be president of the United States. It has been proven over and over that women can be better leaders than men. Women are experts at multitasking and getting things done. Except for Hillary Clinton, there hasn't been a good candidate with solid credentials that can appeal to a general audience. In Hillary's case, she was running against a formidable male candidate – young, black and charismatic with a perfect family. When she lost the black vote, she lost the election. For a woman candidate to win the presidency she should have the credentials of Hillary Clinton or Condoleza Rice, be charismatic, and beautiful.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  208. Patrick

    Michelle Bachmann is dangerously ignorant and borderline crazy. She's also a pathological liar. Her poor showing in Iowa had nothing to do with her gender.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  209. Sheliah

    I NEVER viewed Michele Bachmann as a serious contender. She, like Newt Ginrich, likes to hear the sound of "my voice"...which is the SUM TOTAL of their character(s). A woman will be elected...just like the men (as has been the case with Congress)...when they have ELECTABLE ideas and demonstrate fortitude and CHARACTER. Enough already with the POLITICAL antics and posturing.

    JUST MY THOUGHTS,
    Sheliah
    Sheliah M. Johnson

    January 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  210. Donaldo in ATL

    When 51% of voters are female..

    January 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  211. MC in TX

    I don't think there is as much of a glass ceiling anymore as people think. We should keep a couple of things in mind: 1) Hillary ran against Obama so either way there was a historical glass ceiling being broken there. Under those circumstances it is rather unfair to suggest prejudice was a major factor. 2) There are a lot of Americans still uncomfortable with Obama's win so one should probably expect a little distance needs to be put between him and the first woman president. 3) Realistically Bachmann is no Hillary Clinton. So counting her defeat as a strike against women is like counting Herman Cain's loss as a strike against blacks. Though both enjoyed some support during their time, neither was ever really a serious contender for, or even remotely capable of, the presidency.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm |