People are always dismissing The View as just a bunch of yammering biddies. First of all, to assume that a group of women sitting around the table wouldn't have conversations that hold any weight or substance is ridiculous. The debates they have are important because the ideas expressed represent a cross section of American opinion. Today the ladies interviewed John McCain, and it was arguably some of the toughest grilling he's faced so far. Barbara called bullshit on his assertion that Sarah Palin is the "greatest" vice presidential candidate in history, and pressed him for specifics on how she will reform the government. Joy told him that she hopes "old John McCain" will come back if he's elected and the GOP doesn't have him "by the short hairs." Whoopi grilled him on the separation of church and state. But most surprising was that his biggest cheerleader, Elisabeth, wanted answers on his policy concerning Roe v. Wade. Clip above.
If you mean that The View is a cultural touchstone for how women's screaming about issues gets ghettoized while men's screaming about issues is apparently "serious" enough to merit several cable news shows, then ok. I'm not sure they represent that cross-section you speak of otherwise, since they are all, let's face it, rich.
That said, some of these women - and I don't just mean Elisabeth - have gone out of their way to ensure that the picture of women put out by this show is overall pretty bad. Kneejerk emotionalism tends to abound.
You want to see real women talk about politics? Watch Rachel Maddow. Not The View.