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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Three teenage girls from Montclair, N.J., have managed to make the Commission on Presidential Debates in Washington, D.C., look like a small-town after-school club that crouches behind a sign that reads, “No Girlz Allowed.”

Forgive my glee.

On Tuesday, Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberis and Sammi Siegel tried to deliver to the commission a petition with more than 120,000 signatures of fellow Americans who want a woman to moderate at least one of the presidential debates.

The girls didn’t get very far. Emma explained to NPR’s Audie Cornish: “We were not received. We had let them know on Friday that we were planning on coming to deliver the petitions, but they never got back to us. So when we went to deliver our boxes full of the flash drives that have all the signatures on them, we were turned away and we were not allowed to leave our packages there, either, in case they contained dangerous material.”

Dang right these girls are dangerous — to the status quo. Worse, they keep talking to the media. Next thing you know, they’ll be plastering their notebooks with bumper stickers that read, “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” (Bless you, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.)

Here’s an excerpt from the girls’ online petition, including their boldface passages:

“We already know that no women will be on stage at this year’s presidential debates, but what about in the moderator’s chair? We were shocked to find out that it has been 20 years since a woman last moderated a presidential debate.  …

“Presidential debate moderators have a lot of power when it comes to helping the American public to better understand candidates. Being a moderator is a tough job; the moderator must keep debate flowing, make sure candidates stay focused on relevant topics, and maintain an unbiased stance.

“Men are no more capable of performing these tasks than women — but for the last two decades, only men have been given the job.

“Women and men will never be truly equal in our country until they’re one and the same in positions of power and both visible in politics. We need to take immediate action in order to move towards this change. There is no reason why a woman shouldn’t have a chance to show what she’s capable of by moderating debates in the upcoming election.

  • bcarreiro

    I signed this petition and its unfornate that this is how politics runs…. IF THESE WOMEN HAD MILLIONS THEN THEY WOULD BE THERE. WE the People need to abolish the rights of congress over the president.

  • What is really embarrassing is the fact that the USA is one of a handful of industrialized nations that never had a female head of state. Women have made a lot of progress in the USA, but they still have a long way to go before they achieve the equality they deserve.

  • quasm

    Mrs. Brown;

    Right on! An excellent choice for this roll would be Ann Coulter.

    Dik Thurston
    Colorado Springs

    • Landsende

      Of course she would be totally unbiased…..NOT!!!!!!!

      • anideafromseattle

        Ann: Mr. Romney, How have you been able to make so much money and still be such a regular guy?

        Ann: Mr. HUSSEIN Obama, how are you going to raise us from the black hole of debt and the destruction of the American Dream that has occurred during your administration?

        Ann: Mr. Romney, How do you stay so fresh looking through your grueling day?

        Ann: President HUSSEIN Obama, you have had four years as president. Why are we still waiting for an economic recovery and why have you felt it necessary to assault our religious freedom?

        Very unbiased.

        • JackieAllen

          Please, please, please, tell me HOW your religious freedom has been
          assaulted?? I”ve never seen any evidence of this! And, then tell me
          how the President has done this horrible thing? My religious freedom
          has never been assaulted, but perhaps I’ve missed something.
          Evidently, you didn’t grow up in the southland where Jim Crow ruled
          just long enough in my young life to see how miserable hate can be
          and how Christian religious fanatics are probably worse than
          middle east terrorists. If you have not already joined–your might
          consider the KKK or the Skin Heads. Judging from what I’ve learned
          about these pathetic people, you just might fit in.

          • anideafromseattle

            If you read the post as it was written,you would have noticed I was not writing as myself. I was writing in response to someone who said Ann Coulter would be an unbiased moderator. I was pretending to be Ann Coulter asking the questions at a presidential debate.

            (from original post)
            Ann: Mr. Romney, How have you been able to make so much money and still be such a regular guy?

            Ann: Mr. HUSSEIN Obama, how are you going to raise us from the black hole of debt and the destruction of the American Dream that has occurred during your administration?

            Ann: Mr. Romney, How do you stay so fresh looking through your grueling day?

            Ann: President HUSSEIN Obama, you have had four years as president. Why are we still waiting for an economic recovery and why have you felt it necessary to assault our religious freedom?

            Very unbiased.

            She is one of the most hateful people I know. I was showing how in the first and third questions, she would throw a soft ball to Mitt Romney and make him seem like a gift from heaven. While in the third and fourth questions she would be disrespectful to our president and try to distort everything he has done, or tried to do while asking questions that are biased from the get go. The assault on religious freedom I am talking about is what the Far Right is saying about contraception coverage by insurance companies.

            You took my post out of context. I’m sorry if you misunderstood my sarcasm.

            I am deeply troubled by the lack of integrity in the Fourth Estate. The press was given its first amendment right to freedom so they could report the truth without having to worry about ending up in prison. Unfortunately, today they think that freedom of the press means that they can say anything they “feel or believe” even if it is not true.

    • rmarqua2921

      You joke of course! She is very biased and certainly wouldn’t be able to shut her mouth long enough to allow the candidates to talk!

  • joyscarbo

    You go, girls! I’m encouraged by these young women who want to take some initiative in politics and equality.

  • JackieAllen

    Dear Anidea/Seattle
    Pleas forgive me for this awful mistake!!!! I must have thought that I was writing to
    someone else, yet sent the thing to you!!!! That’s the only thing that I can think of at this
    time. Again, your thoughts were my thoughts, too. You expressed yourself wonderfully
    in your remarks.