A lot of curious people in Illinois are wondering whether or not Attorney General Lisa Madigan will challenge Pat Quinn to an arm wrestling contest for the fancy governor's mansion and a lifetime supply of ice cream in 2014. A lot fewer people in Illinois are wondering whether Madigan can handle the trying job of governor with a 7- and 4-year-old actively at home engaged in a protracted game of Predator with pillows and Nerf guns, but that didn't stop someone in the press pit at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday from asking her if she can govern Illinois and still raise her kids the way she wants.
Madigan, unsurprisingly, was surprised by the question:
Wow. Does anybody ever ask that question? I'm very lucky to have the support of my family. My husband helps take care of our kids. But, I think more people should ask that of men running for office as well.
End of discussion, right? Consider the question answered with a polite, sound-biteable, "Fuck off," and we can all move on. The inquisitor, however, forged ahead because we all need to know why people who have kids just don't lope off to a cave somewhere in the Smokies, bed down on a mat of brambles and hibernate forever while their offspring suckle. When Madigan was asked again whether she could both govern and mother — when she was even patronizingly reminded that being governor sure is a hard job — she responded first by insisting that she could do both jobs, and then explaining how women in the modern world sort of do this thing ALL THE TIME:
All of these jobs are very demanding. And people who, unfortunately, have to work three jobs and don't necessarily have health-care coverage - they're even in a worse situation. So nobody needs to give any pity on what elected officials have to endure.
It takes a lot of gumption to ask such a douchey question three different times with three different flavors of douchiness, but now we know that someone out there is capable of such a feat.
Lisa Madigan refuses to tip hand on governor's race [Chicago Sun-Times]