10 influential women in U.S. politics

Published: Thursday, July 12 2012 9:50 a.m. MDT

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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was the first woman to hold that office. The former sports reporter then went on to make waves during her run for vice president in the 2008 president election alongside John McCain. Her highly conservative political viewpoints have made her a tea party favorite, and she was at one time considered a potential candidate for the 2012 presidential election. Palin has since started the "Pink Elephant Movement" to support female GOP candidates and appears regularly as a political commentator on Fox News.
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Clearfield, UT

I don't understand why Palin or Backmann are included in the list. Neither of them have any substance, and neither of them are truly influential (except, of course, with the far right wingers who have skewed the Repubican Party to the fringes. If the list-makers wanted to include truly influential Republican women, they should have included smart, accomplished women like Christine Todd Whitman or Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins instead of losers like Palin or Bachmann.

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