“They have smashed our cussed assumptions approximately powerful girls and permanently modified our belief of what a presidential election looks as if.”
That’s what the six ladies running for president have already performed, Amy Chozick writes.
For this large new function for Vogue, Chozick spoke with 5 of the six, Marianne Williamson being the abnormal one out. And Annie Leibovitz photographed the five in a photo shoot it truly is for the history books.
In one of the images, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris are visible clasping hands, and Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren are high-fiving at the same time as Representative Tulsi Gabbard looks on.
Down with the “electability” debate
Media double requirements are a topic of Chozick’s tale, although she notes the candidates are reticent to speak approximately the subject.
Chozick, who covered Hillary Clinton for The New York Times in 2016, is aware of-of what she writes: The 2020 applicants, she says, have “reminded us of the hurdles, bordering on bulwarks, that girls at the best stage of American politics nonetheless face. To lots of us, looking the 2020 race unfold has felt less like a party of rah-rah feminism and greater like a daily, live-tweeted, televised pelting by using the patriarchy. Indeed, we can’t examine any of those applicants without also assessing our very own biases. Debates approximately who is ‘electable’ (or now not) have to turn out to be a smokescreen for lingering pain with what we’ve still, after 243 years as a republic, by no means visible: the election of a female president.”
Something was freeing…
This paragraph in Chozick’s story stood out to me: “One of the upsides to going for walks in 2020 is that not anything a great deal is a shocker anymore. Porn stars and Russian hackers? The president of the US, in multiple days, picking fights with Meghan Markle and Bette Midler? Maybe I am overly optimistic. However, I see something releasing—specially for female applicants—in Trump’s subverting of traditional political norms… Due to the fact girls, presidents are not the norm both. Thanks to Trump and an information cycle that is affected by acute attention-deficit disorder (Avenatti who?), women candidates, possibly, do not must fear a lot about being ideal, approximately biting their tongue and announcing what they think citizens need to listen.” Read on…
Some of Williamson’s lovers criticized Vogue for except her from the feature and the photo shoot. Williamson, an author, and religious adviser, become cited in the characteristic. However, there’s no indication that she changed into interviewed.
The reason: The five other girls are all individuals of Congress, and Williamson is not.
“We’re in no way discrediting Marianne Williamson and all she’s carried out,” a Vogue spokeswoman advised CNN Business in an announcement. “For the photo, Vogue wanted to spotlight the five girl lawmakers who deliver a collective 40 years of political experience to this race.”
In case you missed it…
— The headlines from CNN’s publish-debate polling: Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren rise at the same time as Joe Biden slides… (CNN)
— SHOT: NBC’s headline approximately a brand new observe via researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville: “Study shows Russian propaganda may truely have helped Trump…” (NBC)
— CHASER: “No, Russian Twitter trolls didn’t demonstrably push Trump’s ballot numbers higher,” Philip Bump writes, rightly casting doubt at the observe… (WaPo)
This is the way it works…
Don’t omit Donie O’Sullivan’s deep dive for CNN Business: “How Kamala Harris conspiracies festered on line before making it to Trump Jr.”
He says “a number of the identical humans” concerned in spreading the anti-Obama birther conspiracy “are concerned in circulating the fake claims approximately Harris…”