WilliamÃ‚ SaletanÃ‚ and AviÃ‚ Zenilman analyze Carol Mosely Braun’s platform, focusing on three issues. Perhaps not surprisingly, they are contradictory. She wants to federalize education, “Rediscover the Constitution,” and break down gender barriers.
There is no more local function imaginable than running schools. Federalizing them would be arguably the most radical undermining of our Federalist roots ever undertaken. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s directly contrary to her second goal. And this is just funny:
“To elect a woman as President of the United States [would] remove one of the last remaining barriers to participation in government by women. When that objective is achieved, our country will have reached the goal of our nation’s founding vision.”
Electing a woman president may indeed be a good thing, but it would be radically contrary to the founding vision! Goodness, women couldn’t even vote in federal elections until 1920.