Comment 48549

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted October 01, 2010 at 08:10:25

And that's simply because I've said things too dumb/un-nuanced to not catch up with me

Ditto. And I wouldn't want to place my own family under scrutiny, in the Faceboook age. But neither would my husband, for that matter. And I don't see any budding politicos in my family yet, girls or boys, as the oldest ones finish off degrees/professional programs-- even though the kids here grow up reading the newspaper and certainly have had to learn how to make their points forcefully in an argument (esp. the middle kids).

What I do know about all of them and their friends is that they don't have a lot of time for all that junior politician resume building/networking stuff. They can't join the young Liberals/NDPs/Conservatives when they are undergrads, they've all got to hold down part-time jobs along with a full academic schedule, and many of them still live at home and so have obligations there as well. In high school, they are either working part time to take care of their own expenses, or working like hell to merit some kind of entrance scholarship to whatever post secondary institution they will attend. These kids all get their mandatory community service hours, but not in what you'd call high profile ways. Mostly it's by helping out here and there around the school, the parish, etc.

And all that was just a long way of saying that most of us, male or female, simply don't have time available to us in which to build a resume and run a campaign-- never mind the money. Even though you don't have to be a man or a landowner to run for office.

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