Leadership 2020: Welcome to the White House Madame President

Updated on April 11, 2018
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A passionate writer, Dan is a keen observer of American politics. He holds a Master's Degree in the Arts.

A Question of Competence

Regardless of the outcome of the Mueller investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to interfere in the 2016 Presidential elections, there is no argument that Hillary Clinton lost. But because Donald Trump has disregarded the norms and traditions of the 44 presidents before him, millions of voters have become activists and are taking note as never before---and prevalent among them are women.

Clinton, the only woman ever nominated to the office by a major political party, won the popular ballot by more than three million votes, but ultimately lost in the Electoral College count. Her loss, coupled with Trump's disdain for anyone who disagrees with him, his 'presidential ignorance', admitted sexual misconduct, alleged porn-star affairs, self-inflicted political wounds among other day-to-day miss-steps, could propel a strong, popular, well-qualified female candidate into the White House in 2020. Although opinions vary among the experts, no one is betting against the possibility.

It's Complicated

Certainly, the case for a female president is formidable, at best. Part of the concern is the fact that the country was founded by men and there exists a deeply ingrained, historically stereotypical view of the Office Of The Presidency; the Commander-in-Chief has always been a man---representing strength, courage, and prowess---and some voters may feel it should remain so. However, the young children in the above video espouse an opinion that is also a traditional truth: women tend to be more sympathetic and sensitive to the healthcare needs of their families. These qualities are generally inherent in most women and could evolve into more caring policies for families around the country. And statistically they are the head of most households making both health and budgetary decisions.

According to The Center For American Progress, a progressive think tank, "In 2015—the year for which the most recent data are available—42 percent of mothers were sole or primary breadwinners, bringing in at least half of family earnings. Nearly another one-quarter of mothers—22.4 percent—were co-breadwinners, bringing home from 25 percent to 49 percent of earnings for their families. This represents an increase over previous years and is the continuation of a long-running trend, as women’s earnings and economic contributions to their families continue to grow in importance."

These statistics are extremely relevant in respect to the presidential election in 2020. In essence, it means that women---almost sixty-five per cent---comprise, or equally contribute to, the primary household incomes in much of the nation. And so the implications are clear when federal policy is proposed and lawmakers vote on issues as diverse as healthcare, school funding, and gender equity regarding pay in the workplace.

R.A.E. Voters

Politico published an exhaustive discussion in December, 2017, in which varied public figures gave their various views on the possibility of a female president in 2020. One such discussion concluded that Americans had already elected the first woman president. The article refers to a new genre of voters, the ‘rising American electorate’:

“The 2016 election was the first time that the 'rising American electorate'—the growing population of unmarried women, people of color and millennials in the United States—made up the majority of all votes cast. In a sense, these voters have already elected a female president: 89 percent of African Americans, 66 percent of Latinos, 63 percent of unmarried women, 65 percent of Asian Americans and 55 percent of voters under age 29 cast ballots for Hillary Clinton." Significantly, the RAE is increasing.

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A Paradigm Shift

While some pundits have suggested that the Clinton loss of 2016 would make it more difficult for a woman to win the presidency in 2020, there appears to be a significant number who consider the opposite view. Importantly, Donald J. Trump has done everything in his power to turn back the progress achieved under the Obama Administration and, in the minds of many Americans---65%---a backlash may be brewing. As Trump continues to demonize both Obama and Clinton every chance he gets, it may be precisely for that reason---i.e., the popular achievements of the first ever black president, coupled with the perceived mischief during the Clinton loss—-that the political viability of a strong woman candidate could, against all odds a few short years ago, occupy the Oval Office in 2020.

While voters have traditionally cast their ballots for a particular political party without unwarranted consideration of one policy over the other, 2020 may be different. Trump has trampled over many of the popular norms of the modern Republican Party that even staunch Conservatives like Ronald Reagan would be against. For example, Trump’s coziness with Russia and Putin have privately caused horror among moderate Congressional Republican circles. Indeed, his publicly vocal rhetoric threatening a nuclear strike against North Korea is seen as both foolish, unpredictable, and dangerous.

These types of reality-show displays have done little to enhance the United States’ standing in the world, and by some reckoning have diminished the Office of the Presidency itself. In many quarters around the country, including some of the most-historically red states, Alabama for instance, a kind of ‘Trump fatigue’ is setting in, and it doesn’t bode well for Republicans. In fact, more Republican House members are retiring from office than ever; such a vast exodus hasn’t happened in more than seventy years.

To the contrary, Democratic women candidates are lining up to run for office in droves, more than 1500 women have registered as candidates for statehouses, governors, and federal offices across the nation, an unprecedented example of enthusiasm to serve.

Women Leaders

For years women around the globe have held elected, appointed, even dictatorial leadership positions. At any given point in time, there have been more than twenty-five women leaders in various countries. For example, as far back as 1969 Golda Meir was Prime Minister of Israel; there was Indira Gandhi of India in 1967; Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom in 1979; Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has held that post since 2005. The list goes on, but the point is that the United States, “the land of the free and the home of the brave’, still lags behind in electing women to powerful leadership positions.

Tiny Sri Lanka became the first to shatter the political gender barrier more than a half-century ago, when that island nation was known as Ceylon. Its giant neighbor, India, followed a few years later. Since then women have attained top leadership posts — president, prime minister or its equivalent — in more than 70 countries in Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific.

Why Now?

Noteworthy, the 2020 election cycle is an enormously historic time, given the political culture in the United States. It is significant that the Republican Party has an unpopular candidate currently in the White House. Regardless of the outcome of the Mueller investigation, the current Vice President, Mike Pence, would be the likely Republican candidate to run in 2020 were Trump to vacate the Oval Office for whatever reason. So, one could reasonably surmise at that point that the Republican Party’s chances of holding the presidency would be slim, never mind the economy, taxes, gun violence, and so on. The taint of a presidential investigation, or impeachment, has historically been a non-starter for that president's party in succeeding elections. Witness Nixon's resignation, or Clinton's impeachment as recent examples.

Also, an impressive case can be made supporting a qualified woman’s nomination by the Democratic Party in 2020---in part due to the enthusiasm and aggressive organizing around the ‘Resistance Movements’ and unprecedented protest marches taking hold around the nation. Millions have attended these events since day one of the Trump presidency, not just parochially in the United States, but worldwide.

For example, #MeToo and #Timesup are two extremely well-financed women's movements that have shaken and exposed the professional lives of any number of sexual abusers around the country. Of course, President Trump has been engulfed in these controversies throughout his time in office.

Additionally, the #NeverAgain movement, inspired by the courage of teenagers who were gun violence victims of the Parkland High School shootings in Florida, have organized nationwide voters. These kids and #Marchforourlives are promoting significantly increased turnout at the polls among their ranks.This, too--- gun violence in America---is an issue primed for a woman president to have a more vested interest in resolving. Indeed, tackling the National Rifle Association’s political involvement and effect on gun sales and usage--especially assault rifles---over the past 40 years will be no small task. But engaged and concerned women, kids, and wise politicians will ultimately have the gravitas and political authority to change the ERA's influence surrounding the issue in upcoming elections.


Hail The 19th Amendment

The Democratic Party has a historically unique opportunity. Election year 2020 will mark exactly 100 years since women were granted the right to vote through the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Not surprisingly, women (and men, young and old) of all political stripes---Conservatives, Progressives,and Independents, of all nationalities and creeds---will be committed and prepared to have their voices heard; some observers might say, "Make America A Democracy Again". The political pendulum will once again swing leftward toward progress, and she'll have the wind at her back. The irony is remarkable and cannot be ignored!

Citations

'Female Leaders Currently In Power', Rulers.Org,, January 2015

'Voting Stats', Caitlin Stark, CNN Library, October 2012

'Will America Ever Have A Woman President', Politico, November/December 2017

'Over 70 Nations Have Had Women Presidents So Why Not The U.S?, Katrin Bennhold and Rick Gladstone, November 2016


© 2018 Dan Dildy

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      Dan Dildy 

      6 months ago

      Right you are William! We can always hope the lunatic in the Oval doesn’t get to frisky with nuclear buttons before the mid-terms. After that the Dems can reign him in as a lame duck

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      William F Torpey 

      6 months ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Spot on, Dan. If Trumpery doesn't get impeached or indicted (for some strange reason) Democrats need to put up their strongest candidate in 2020 and remember to take note of the Electoral College. Let's hope Trumpery doesn't blow up the world in the meantime.

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      Brad Masters 

      6 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dan

      stop with the distractions, I will only come back here when you actually answer my comment. Until then, bye

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      Dan Dildy 

      6 months ago

      Jeeze Brad, your comments are longer than my entire article. Besides, I’ll never convince you that your preznit is a crook. Maybe you’ll see the light when Mueller finishes with him, or when Putin spills the beans about the ‘golden showers’

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      Dan Dildy 

      6 months ago

      Jeeze Brad, your comments are longer than my entire article. Besides, I’ll never convince you that your preznit is a crook. Maybe you’ll see the light when Mueller finishes with him, or when Putin spills the beans about the ‘golden showers’

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      Brad Masters 

      6 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dan

      Why are you feeding me red Herring?

      You didn't respond to my comments did you?

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      Dan Dildy 

      6 months ago

      Yeah Brad, speaking of bailouts, how’s that billions of dollar tax cut working for you?

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      6 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dan

      None of this is true.

      What Obama and his congress and Bush and his congress did on the Recession was to reward the businesses that caused the failure, while doing nothing for the actual victims of the failure were penalized. They lost their homes because of the loans that were bad, and many of them were from Freddie and Fannie. Yet, Freddie and Fannie were not sanctioned.

      Companies that were bankrupt including those like AIG that were part of the cause, got bailed out. And many of these bailed out companies used the bailout money to give themselves 7 digit bonuses. Using the rationale that they were key employees and they needed incentive to stay. These people bankrupted their own company, and they are key employees for what, the expertise to bankrupt their company.

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      How did Obamcare, which even today is not fully implemented helped. The single most important thing was preexisting conditions, and that could have been done swiftly with a single law.

      And if you like your doctor, you can keep him..

      And if you like your health plan you can keep it.

      None of this was true.

      And not all doctors are effective, so if you have a doctor that is working for your health, especially with cancer treatment, than losing that doctor is a serious threat to your health.

      And, if your current plan fits your needs, losing it is also a loss of your doctor, and your budget.

      Where did you get the 30 million number?

      The GBP under president Obama was no where near what Trump has done for the GDP. And Obama didn't give American Business any ability to competed in the world. And the Trade disadvantage of the US under Obama was very high, especially with China. And president Trump and not president Obama changed it to our advantage.

      Got any facts?

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      Dan Dildy 

      6 months ago

      I won’t address each of your points, Brad, but I will remind you that Obama brought the country out of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Also, since you asked, remember that the Healthcare system was overhauled provided cost effective healthcare to almost 30 million Americans who could not have afforded it otherwise. This, plus somewhere around 45 months of continued growth. Keep in mind, too, that the Dow was at about 600 hen Barack took office. Want more? Just ask

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      Brad Masters 

      6 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dan

      You didn't address any of my points, so I assume that you have no answers.

      BTW, what have the democrats done for the country and the people in the last 10 years? What is their platform today?

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      Dan Dildy 

      6 months ago

      Thanks for reading my article, Brad! As you politely address several of my points, allow me to say that the 2020 elections are NOT winnable if you have an ‘R’ after your name. The nation is getting sick and tired of trump. Period. Note how many are bailing including today’s announcement that Ryan is jumping ship.Even McConnell is expecting a Blue Wave in November Also, keep in mind that whoever controls the House will re-draw the gerrymandered districts. In any case, your preznit is TOAST!

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      Brad Masters 

      6 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dan

      You say

      "because Donald Trump has disregarded the norms and traditions of the 44 presidents before him, millions of voters have become activists and are taking note as never before---and prevalent among them are women.

      B:

      Dan, first can you really say that all 44 president were different than Donald Trump.

      If you mean the tradition of getting us into war after war, then I agree president Trump is different. And the difference is better. The difference is why he was elected president.

      Looking back all the way to Clinton, 2 Bushs, and Obama, you have to ask what they did accomplish with their norms and traditions? How did any of that benefit the country or the people?

      Both democrat and republican presidents accomplished nothing beneficial. And that is why the people voted Trump in as president.

      Activists are all created by the democrats to distract the people for their lack of a platform. Voters, just didn't want the same norm and traditional president because the voter wanted something from a president that would benefit them.

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      "Clinton, the only woman ever nominated to the office by a major political party, won the popular ballot by more than three million votes, but ultimately lost in the Electoral College" count.

      B:

      The reason Hillary lost is she didn't have a political platform that resonated with the people. Her platform was she is not Trump, we hate Trump, and she expected to win because she was a Woman. She also expected to win because in 2008 the democrat party dumped her for an unknown, unaccomplished community organizer and the party backed him financially and politically.

      She didn't even make it to the primary.

      The democrats came back in 2016 giving Hillary the lead before the campaign started with the Super Delegates.

      Yes, Hillary won the popular vote by 3 million, and yet there are still ongoing investigations that Trump Russia colluded to influence the election.

      How does 3 million more votes even suggest that the influence was the benefit of Trump?

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      " Her loss, coupled with Trump's disdain for anyone who disagrees with him"

      B:

      What has her loss to do here?

      Trump's disdain, did you listed to any of Hillary's speeches where even today she personally attacks him. He is the president of the US, and she still thinks she won the election.

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      , his 'presidential ignorance',

      B:

      What presidential ignorance? Trump has done a great job as president? Can you give examples of what he had done that doesn't meet your approval.

      Consider also, that none of the issue of the country or even congress can be imputed to him because he was never in office till now.

      But, Hillary Clinton as Sec of State under Obama has created problems that exist even today.

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      "admitted sexual misconduct,"

      B:

      What did President Trump do that was sexual misconduct?

      What has Donald Trump admitted as sexual misconduct?

      Your statement is too vague and ambiguous, it needs some facts.

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      alleged porn-star affairs,

      B:

      First, it is Alleged, and second the alleged incident was in 2005. How does that affect him as president.

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      "self-inflicted political wounds among other day-to-day miss-steps,"

      B:

      What self inflicted wounds? I guess the ones that the left biased media create and repeat as if they were facts. One thing that none of the past 44 presidents had to endure was outright bias, even to the point of attacking Donald Trump and his entire family including his 10 year old son.

      The whole Trump Russia collusion was a Hillary Clinton Democrat lie that was supported by a report of fabrication and lies paying Christopher Steele to collude with the Russians to find something, anything that would take Trump out of the presidency. That report has been debunked, and no US agency has verified that report for its facts and veracity. Even the report itself states that its contents are not verified, and they may be false.

      Then this report is used to get FISA warrants on Carter Part for a Year. Carter Page is free today, and why then was he under investigation?

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      " could propel a strong, popular, well-qualified female candidate into the White House in 2020."

      B:

      You couldn't possibly be referring to Hillary Clinton.

      She is not popular outside of a few core supporters.

      Just because she is a female doesn't mean that qualifies her for the presidency. As it didn't because Barack Obama was half Black.

      Neither of these attributes has any bearing on the qualifications for the US presidency.

      Hillary is not qualified for the presidency just because she was a two term senator for NY, or that she was the Sec of State for Obama in his first term.

      It would be a qualification, if she accomplished something beneficial for the country and the people.

      But she didn't!

      She spent her second term as NY Senator campaigning for the presidency. And during that time, she apparently was not aware that the US economy was in danger of collapse. Senator Barack Obama also was campaigning and he didn't have a clue about the economy.

      We then have to judge Hillary's performance as Senator? And I doubt if you can find anything presidential about her time in the Senate.

      We also have to determine her accomplishments as Sec of State. Oh wait she had none. Unless you want to say allowing Russia, who the democrats want us to go to war against as an accomplishment. Or using a private unsecured email server located in her private residence, in the toilet as an accomplishment. Or maybe how that private server was used to send and receive classified documents as sec of state.

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      Although opinions vary among the experts, no one is betting against the possibility."

      B:

      What experts, do yo mean the same people that predicted her winning the 2016 elections. They predicted her win until the election night when they were shocked that she lost. You mean those experts?

      I believe more than half the country and even the democrat party doesn't even want her to run.

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      In this comment only address the first part of your article.

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