February 11, 2008


Finally, it was time to vote for a woman (Shannon Reed, 2/8/08, Tribune-Democrat)

All over the country on Tuesday, women began weeping at the polls. I know. I was one of them.

At 6:15, the very first voter in my precinct, I teared up behind the thick plastic curtains.

Throughout the day, I heard from my women friends and co-workers a story similar to what I had already experienced [...]

Looking at the choices, we began, by rote, to reach up toward the candidate we liked the most, or respected most deeply, or felt was the most competent, or had settled on as the lesser of two evils.

And then, our hands stretched out, we froze. We realized, in a moment of quiet joy – we could vote for a woman.

...unless you're a glutton for punishment.

Posted by Matt Murphy at February 11, 2008 7:57 PM

If you could print this piece, travel back in time, and hand it to the anti-suffagettes, women would never have gotten the vote.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 11, 2008 8:33 PM

Obama: "a man of charisma and grace, of grand ideas and of mixed race."

This beats Kerry's campaign slogan, We Can Do Better, but I don't think it will fit on the signs.

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at February 11, 2008 9:55 PM

Charisma I'll buy, but grand ideas? Heck, the guy doesn't have any ideas, let alone grand ones.

I though his slogan was: "Obama: Changiness"

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 11, 2008 10:01 PM


Posted by: erp at February 11, 2008 10:59 PM

Ya gotta give her credit for finally figuring out that Hillary is a woman and not a mountain climber.

Posted by: Randall Voth at February 12, 2008 2:19 AM

I orginally read the author's name as Shannon Tweed.

It probably would have made a better article.

Posted by: Bryan at February 12, 2008 7:38 AM

I am Woman, hear me vote!
Now I can't help but emote . . . .

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 12, 2008 9:37 AM

It's funny: they first asked Shannon Tweed, and then Shana Reed (actress of "Major Dad" fame) but neither was available. So they settled on me.

Hey, thanks for the free publicity!

Posted by: Shannon Reed at February 13, 2008 5:24 PM