Michael Belanger / Flickr Kellyanne Conway...
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I don’t really have a horse in this race yet. I’m leaning Team Kamala, but it’s so early I’m naturally curious to see what other candidates have to offer.  Cory Booker looks like a strong candidate (and not just because he’s a vegan, like me).  But Kellyanne Conway wonders why he’s running at all, given the number of qualified women candidates who are already in the field.

Politico:

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway suggested Friday that 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker is being held to a different standard on sexism than Republicans are, wondering aloud why he hasn’t been criticized for jumping into a Democratic field already densely populated with female candidates.

“I would ask him a couple questions today as he runs from my native New Jersey,” Conway said in an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

“One is, what is wrong with the candidates that are already in there? What is your objection to [California Sen.] Kamala Harris running, [Massachusetts Sen.] Elizabeth Warren, [New York Sen.] Kirsten Gillibrand, these others who have already announced, [Hawaii Rep.] Tulsi Gabbard maybe? If he were a Republican running against them, they immediately would call him a sexist for running against these women in the Democratic field.”

I can’t tell. Is she trying to be funny? Because even when she is trying to be funny, it’s impossible to detect even a whit of humor.

See?

That video is 11 minutes, 35 seconds long. If you can get more than two minutes into it without plucking your eyeballs out with a Swiss Army knife leather awl, sauteing them in your own ass tallow, and FedExing them to Greenland, you’re a hardier soul than I.

You see, Democrats have no problem with a man running for president. That’s not “sexist,” per se. We have a problem with a multiply-accused alleged sexual miscreant who says he would never, ever assault his accusers because they’re not good-looking enough. One who says he can grab women wherever and whenever he wants because he’s a celebrity.

That’s not Booker.

Not sure if Kellyanne has noticed, but we enthusiastically supported a male president as recently as three years ago.

I’d love it if we elected our first female president, assuming she’s a progressive. We have a good chance of doing that in 2020. But I’m eager to hear what Cory Booker has to say, too.

And I don’t care what gender or color our next POTUS is, so long as it isn’t orange.

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