republicans prepare for their party

22 Aug

The Republican National Convention kicks off Monday in Tampa (hurricanes notwithstanding) where Mitt Romney will finally get his long sought-after GOP nomination. And considering the firestorm surrounding Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s buffoonery, the female stars of the party (who have already called, unsuccessfully as have Romney and Ryan, for Akin to remove himself from the ballot) will, undoubtedly, have a pretty hot spotlight placed on them, as the Republicans work to dispel the idea that they have waged a “war on women.”

The female line-up of speakers in Tampa is impressive.  It includes South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, the first Hispanic U.S. governor, and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.  Also scheduled for the podium is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and rising star Kelly Ayotte, the Senator from New Hampshire.  Ann Romney, wife of the presumptive nominee will also speak.

These women have a big job to do.  It will be interesting and enlightening watching them do it.  And it will be even more interesting to see if they’re as effective at swaying those critical undecided voters as the party is certainly counting on and so desperately needs them to be.

The absence of a few names, though, is striking.  No Sarah Palin, the hockey mom from four years ago.   No Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, so visible in 2010.

Who else is missing from the list?

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