Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Hillz, You're Still My Homegirl


(Via NY Times)

Boo Hiss to the democratic machine! I mean, had Barack-Attack been campaigning in any other year, he totally would've been my homeboy, and even though I will be voting for him come election day, there's still a bad taste left in my mouth.

Things we know: Hillary is a far better communicator than Barack who, in the span of an average stump speech, manages to fill inter-galactic voids with his starts, stops, and stammers; Hillary is far more experienced in withstanding the slings and arrows of a cruel and vicious Washington; Barack's going to screw us over on the whole healthcare issue.

There's a great article by Meghan O'Rourke over at Slate right now about the fundamental problem Hillary faced in this election: America. Hates. Women:

Of course, there's some logic behind Clinton's calculation that running on gender was too politically risky. Race—however profound an issue it is in America—doesn't get in the way of the paradigm that treats ambition and leadership as masculine qualities. Gender does. Obama can still draw on the classic paradigm of leadership; Clinton would have had to create something new. To judge by all kinds of studies of women in private-sector leadership positions, this would have been a fraught battle, strewn with double standards. It's only fair to point out that many of Hillary's attributes—toughness, control, emotional distance—are qualities that are sometimes admired in men but almost never in women. We'll never know whether the traits Clinton displayed in this campaign would have drawn less animus from voters had she actually been a man.

So I'm sorry, Hillary, that some dorky whippersnapper from downstate had to come shit on your dreams. May you one day run again, but next time, with a better font, since that is apparently all anyone cares about anymore.

1 comment:

BG5000 said...

Yes, yes, the reason she lost has to be because America hates women but loves it some Black men and not because she voted for the war and then ran one of the worst campaigns in recent memory. Sexism is still a huge problem in this country, and it certainly played a role in the election, but pointing to it as the fundamental problem that kept her from getting the nomination doesn't do anybody any favors. It merely lets people shirk responsibility for their own mistakes while also keeping us from dealing with more prominent examples of it.