Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Choosing Our Prez: The Beer and Babysitter Tests

So PunditMom asks a great question over at HuffPo today: Does Lifetime's Every Woman Counts poll--which is geared toward increasing the participation of women in the political process by encouraging more women to vote and to increase the national spotlight on issues that are important to women--take women seriously? The poll's questions include:

1. Which candidate would you rather receive a gift from?
2. Which candidate would you be most comfortable leaving your children with?
3. Which candidate would you most like to have dinner with over the holiday season?

PunditMom writes,

What do questions like this add to the "political dialogue" other than making politicians think that we care more about popularity contests than health care or the environment?...If we really want to count and be counted, let's not provide any more ammunition for the politicians to think that we're not serious voters.

And I'm with her. But I also wonder this: Since the pollsters are constantly asking men which candidate they'd rather have a beer with, aren't questions 2 and 3 above really just the equal opportunity equivalent for women? To be sure, I've always thought the beer question was a stupid way to choose a President. I'm not sure the babysitter test is any better.


PunditMom said...

We could just get rid of both lines of questioning!

Deborah Siegel said...

Hallelujah amen :)

Marco Acevedo said...

Do they ask who would you rather have tutor your child? I say weed out the babysitters and beer-drinkers from the candidate roster and let's institute a Presidency Aptitude Test. Jeez, I think even the basics would do: countries and capitals, what's the difference between a Shiite and a Sunni? If you can't answer you don't get to invade a country.

Deborah Siegel said...

No shit! Love it, babe.