Note to Hillary: I’m Not Sexist. I Just Don’t Like You

I’d drink too if I said some of the stuff you do, Hillary.

Hillary Clinton and her supporters have finally done it. They’ve really, really, really pissed me off.

Their newest excuse for why Clinton’s campaign — one of the poorest run in my memory, with the possible exception of Gary Hart’s — failed is because people like me, who now favor Obama, are sexists.

Clinton launched one lowbrow tactic after another, each a little smarmier. Remember after Bill took to the trail in full attack mode, and Obama said he wasn’t sure which Clinton he was running against? That was probably a highpoint for Hillary’s campaign.

Now she says she is battling for us. Actually, Clinton is just battling.

First there was a string of Clinton surrogates claiming to play devil’s advocate for Republicans by bringing up Obama’s admitted drug use in college, and the fact that his Kenyan father was Muslim. After that we were subjected to Geraldine Ferraro saying the only reason Obama got where he was, is because he’s black. Next Clinton morphed herself into a gun nut and knocked back a beer and a bump while calling Obama elitist.

Then she jumped on the rightwing bandwagon that went from asking early in Obama’s campaign if he was black enough to, in the wake of the brouhaha manufactured over past sermons from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whether he wasn’t way too black. “Hardworking Americans, white Americans” could never vote him, according to Clinton.

As a Floridian, one of the most ridiculous assertions by a candidate who supported 100 percent Howard Dean’s censure of our state during the primaries, is that now Clinton finds it imperative that our votes be counted. She questioned the party not at all last January when it might have mattered. Now she says she is battling for us. Actually, Clinton is just battling.

And today we are being told that none of Clinton’s own malfeasance or hypocrisy, or her policy that nothing is too low or ridiculous to claim if it gets even one vote is the problem. No, the sole trouble is: her critics are sexist.

Clinton told the Washington Post that sexism has played a larger role in the campaign than racism and that it has cost her and her supporters.

“It’s been deeply offensive to millions of women. I believe this campaign has been a groundbreaker in a lot of ways,” Clinton said. “But it certainly has been challenging given some of the attitudes in the press.”

Clinton, the first woman to make a serious bid for a major party’s presidential nomination, said she did not think that racism was a factor in her bruising battle with Sen. Barack Obama…

She added, “It does seem as though the press at least is not as bothered by the incredible vitriol that has been engendered by the comments by people who are nothing but misogynists.”

Vitriol is a subject of which Clinton evinces a working knowledge. But if she honestly thinks the reason that women like me went from having a fairly positive view of her early on to losing all respect for her now is because we are misogynists, then it’s time for some training in the mechanics of personal responsibility.

2 Comments

  • Chinquapin
    May 20, 2008 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    That says it about as well as it can be said. Simply put, Clinton has run a contemptable campaign, while Barack has endured with class the double barrages coming from both Clinton and the Repubs. I cannot tell you how many Clinton women have haughtily declared that they simply will not vote for Barack. My (not particularly healing) response is that their devotion to the core values is not what I thought it was, since it is so easily overwhelmed by a manufactured snit over imagined misogny. Misogyny is a real problem, too real to be trivialized by gutter politicians like Hillary Clinton. Rest assured, however, that if somehow she wound up as the nominee, I would not immediately jettison my issues of social and criminal justice, unjust wars, and ecomomic fairness just to avenge some personal insult.

  • Charles
    May 20, 2008 - 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Been away for a while. They are still allowing you to write stuff that hurts the Democratic Party. Well, I guess it is America and every eccentric and nut has a right to express their opinions. I visit Pensito less and less to avoid your venom. its my America also and I can chose what I read. Keep spitting dear the wind will change or you will end up hurting Obama and the Democratic Party.

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