Moms in Politics

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The White HouseDo mothers have a place in politics or do they have too much on their hands to be able to handle such an important task? Are we better off choosing public servants who can devote their whole lives to their task or can the government be run by people with families? Is a high position in government any different from a similar job in the private sector?

Yesterday, it came out that Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, had said that Arizona governor Janet Napolitano would be a good choice to head the department of homeland security because having no family meant she has "no life" and could thus "devote, literally, 19 to 20 hours a day to it."

President-Elect Obama, on the other hand, seems to think being a mom is no barrier to higher office. In fact, he is considering no less than three mothers for the position of Labor Secretary. The possibilities include community organizer and labor leader Mary Beth Maxwell, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

Personally, it seems to me that handling the demands of both family and career makes one an even better choice for office; we've all experienced life sans kids but only parents really understand what other parents are going through and what they need from their government. So I say Go Moms!

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