Qualifications

From the BBC:

A former Georgia lawmaker and author has taken a major step towards becoming the first ever African-American female governor of a US state.

If elected in the deeply conservative state, Ms Abrams would become the first woman and the first person from an ethnic minority to lead the southern state.

Well, she’s certainly ticking all the diversity boxes, but what’s she actually done?

It was in Georgia where she made her mark with a number of historic achievements.

She became the first African American female valedictorian of her high school before earning her undergraduate degree from Spelman College. She also received a master’s degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from Yale University.

Ms Abrams was first elected to the Georgia state House of Representatives in 2006, and would later become the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly as well as the first African American to lead the state’s House of Representatives.

So her achievements are basically being African American and female.

She has been considered a rising star among her party’s progressive wing, taking centre stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

She gave a rousing speech on economic inequality, drawing on her own experience, and strongly backing presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

I’d have thought backing the candidate who lost an unloseable election would count against her, but that’s just me.

Ms Abrams won the support of Mrs Clinton, who recorded a robocall – an automated telephone call with a recorded message – for the former state House minority leader ahead of Tuesday’s election.

So she’s got the support of the person who lost that unloseable election.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and California Senator Kamala Harris – who are all viewed as possible 2020 presidential contenders – also threw their support behind Ms Abrams.

National organisations including Planned Parenthood, MoveOn and EMILY’s List have also endorsed Ms Abrams.

And the backing of hard-left lunatics.

Aside from her political work, Ms Abrams has written eight romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery.

Finally we get some actual achievements. Whether they’re enough to sway the good people of Georgia is another matter, though. No doubt when they plumb for the Republicans, racism and misogyny will be to blame.

A number of women battled for and won their Democratic Party mid-term bids in Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas, highlighting the strength of female candidates in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

In Texas, Democratic candidate and former Dallas County Sherriff Lupe Valdez became the first openly gay Latina nominee for governor in the state’s history.

Another candidate with a laundry list of diversity credentials, but no achievements of note. Not even a single, solitary, romance novel – unless the BBC is neglecting to mention it.

Also among the winners was political newcomer Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot, who won a Kentucky primary for a seat in the US Congress.

Okay, this is better.

“It’s more, this time, this climate, right now,” Ms McGrath told CNN before her win against Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. “It’s very clear that people are looking for more women.”

I’d save that remark until you’ve won the seat, madam.

The US currently has six female governors.

Yes, I recall one called Sarah Palin. What did the BBC and their fellow travellers think of her, again? Funny, nobody made a big song and dance over Nikki Haley being the first female Indian-American governor, either.

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8 thoughts on “Qualifications

  1. Another candidate with a laundry list of diversity credentials, but no achievements of note.

    It’s a vain and pointless hope but does anyone think it’s possible we (Western democracies, not just the U.S.) may one day get candidates who have some ability to manage large organizations on their CV? How about candidates who are at a minimum are not economically illiterate and morally bankrupt?

    Yeah, I thought so – might as well hope for unicorns crapping Skittles.

  2. Achievements are funny old things. When the sainted Shrillary was running (or waddling, depending on her legs of course) for high office I believe she was asked what her greatest achievement was. IIRC her answer was along the lines of ‘doing things that people thought couldn’t be done.’

    Shrillary fans will recall that far better than me, and no doubt hurry to enlighten us.

  3. IIRC her answer was along the lines of ‘doing things that people thought couldn’t be done.’

    In terms of avoiding arrest and prosecution, she’s absolutely correct.

  4. The worrying assumption being made here is that holders of public office, at least elected ones, are purely symbolic- the actual work being done behind the scenes.
    Worrying, because it’s so close to right.

  5. Yes, I recall one called Sarah Palin. What did the BBC and their fellow travellers think of her, again? Funny, nobody made a big song and dance over Nikki Haley being the first female Indian-American governor, either.

    Ah, but right-wing women are traitors to the sisterhood or something, and they don’t count. Everyone knows that – didn’t you get the memo?

  6. Her qualifications seem only to be vagina and black skin. Those are hardly qualifications, since the others equipped similarly are some of the batshit craziest, corrupt, and incompetent politicians there are.

    She’s done nothing whatsoever. And this is what is wrong with politics in US in general and the democrat party in particular. I’m sick of seeing these politicians, educated far above their level of competence, move from school to elected positions with nearly zero experience in the real world. Obama comes to mind here. All he did was guest lecture, and agitate in the hood.

  7. “So her achievements are basically being African American and female.

    Tut tut! As she has an undergraduate degree from Spelman College, a master’s degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from Yale University, you forgot to include “Professional Student” in her list of achievements. If I estimate that her undergraduate degree occupied 3 or 4 years, her masters 2 or 3 and her law degree 3 or 4 years, then as a minimum she has been a student for 8 years, likely 10 or 11 years.

    Since she has been in politics since 2006 (another 12 years until now) then added on to her student years, then for at least 20 years, more likely 22 years, she has done not a lot that can be described as work. Not bad for a 44 year old, eh?

    Note that the subject(s) of the academic qualifications are not described so I’ll open a book on them being Womyns Studies or something along those lines. Everyone puts a quid into the kitty, nearest to guessing the undergraduate and masters degrees gets the pot.

    Incidentally, the picture of her at the head of the linked article is a stereotypical angry, black woman.

    Yep – vote for an unqualified, tax dodging angry black woman on the verge of bankruptcy with $170,000 of debt. What could possibly go wrong, eh?

  8. First of all, kill all the lawyers.

    Or failing that, at least ban lawyers from elected office.

    In the long term it probably won’t make much difference but short term we might get some useful experience in to government.

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