Hats off to feisty Jersey Girl Amy Myers, the 16-year-old sophomore who is challenging Michele Bachmann to an intellectual debate. Myers is so fed up with the Congresswoman's horrifically inaccurate statements that she wants to beat Bachmann in a public debate and history quiz to help convince people that women do belong in politics even if some of the most famous females in the field are what she calls "jokes": Christine O'Donnell, Sarah Palin. Clearly Myers is a Democrat.
I say ... you go, girl! And do it quick: my daughter needs a decent role model, stat!
Myers already knows what it's like to fight the current. Running for student council at her high school, she's gotten her fair share of flack from the guys -- typical dumb-jock remarks about a woman's place being in the kitchen, the sort of infantile generalizations you would expect from a bunch of teenaged boys who can't figure out what to do with an outspoken girl. But Myers is smart enough to know that this Boys' Club mentality doesn't go away after high school, and that's why she can't stand Bachmann, whom she calls "an embarrassment," for giving female politicians everywhere a bad name.
Apparently Bachmann's office has yet to respond to Myers' challenge, which isn't surprising. Clearly this honors student would wipe the table with Bachmann in a head-to-head history smackdown: The woman actually credited our slave-owning "founding fathers" with abolishing slavery, and that's just the tip of the terrifying iceberg.
Personally I'd love to see this debate happen. Bachmann's career would never recover, and the success would likely put Myers straight on the path to the White House.
What do you think would happen if Myers and Bachmann faced off? Do you think a 16-year-old should be getting involved in politics? How involved are your teens?
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