Hillary & friends, stop playing the gender card

I want to make something perfectly clear.

Madeleine Albright doesn’t speak for me. Yesterday when she said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” I nearly went through the roof. She was addressing millennial women, the young women who for some strange reason don’t feel obligated to vote for Hillary Clinton just because she’s a woman. Of course, that also implies that women of her generation do feel obligated to vote for Hillary — a gross, unwarranted generalization.

How dare she imply that any woman of any age is stupid or shallow enough to vote for Hillary just because she’s a woman. Except, of course, that’s apparently all the reason she needs. Sad. I used to think she was pretty smart.

Last week Hillary herself, in the Democratic debate, said, “Sen. Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the establishment.” There she is, playing the gender card herself, claiming that because she’s a woman she can’t possibly be the establishment.

Okay, I’ll stop now. I said all this last fall and really didn’t intend to revisit the issue. But dammit, people keep pushing that gender button …

 

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Categories: Election 2016, Politics, sexism

19 replies

  1. Except it was ok for people to vote for Obama because he was black.

    • Funny, I don’t recall ANYone I know saying that. I heard a lot of people say they wanted to vote for him because he was smart. Quite a few wanted to vote for him because he campaigned as a progressive. But I don’t remember talking to anyone who said, “Oh, we HAVE to vote for Barack Obama — he’s black!”

      But then, I didn’t speak with you at the time. Was that the reason YOU gave? Or is it that you voted Republican and that’s how you consoled yourself at the incredible loss your candidate’s suffered?
      😕

    • It’s okay to vote for anyone you want. But I think anyone who voted for Obama just because he was black was being, at the very least, short-sighted. I voted for him because I thought he was he was very smart and shared many of my ideals for the country.

  2. I too thought Albright’s statement was odd, but then I just assumed it was a sound bite taken in the context of a burst of enthusiasm. There is great danger, I submit, in viewing politics through the lens of sound bites. Consider, for example, Howard Dean’s notorious outburst of enthusiasm that doomed his candidacy. Gaffes are par for the course.

  3. I’d LOVE to vote for a woman for President, but not one with the corporate ties/obligations that Ms Clinton has. Despite her protestations that she is a “progressive,” Ms Clinton is not liberal enough for me. Don’t misunderstand me, if Bernie Sanders does not receive the nomination by the Democrats and if he does not choose to run as an independent, I will vote for Ms Clinton, but I have great reservations about the baggage she carries with her. And NEVER would I vote for any of the clowns vying for the Republican nomination!

    I know you don’t care much for sports, but I can’t help myself: Hooray for the Broncos and hooray for Peyton!

    • I’d love to have voted for Elizabeth Warren. Maybe in 2020? Not at all sure I could ever vote for Hillary, but if it’s the only way to keep Trump or Cruz from winning, I might be forced to — while holding my nose.

      I don’t follow pro football much anymore, but you can’t avoid it if you live in Denver. I’m very happy for Peyton and wanted the win for him, not particularly for the Broncos.

  4. I was offended, too. (this time and previous times.) Pick the best qualified and the most skilled no matter who or what they are – that’s what we taught the younger generation who are now voting. Shaming people into voting for you? Arrogant and out of touch , granny.
    On another note: Cheers for Wade and Peyton! Loved his statement that “he’s part of the team. He may not be the lead vocalist all the time anymore, but he’s still in the band.” They found a way to win nu outsmarting them. Well done!

    • I’ve been wondering how many votes they’re actually driving away with their gender thing. Just the opposite of what they’re trying to do. Even if they guilt some women into voting for Hillary, they’ve offended a lot of others. Seems to me they ought to just shut up about it. It’s obvious she’s a woman.

      Yeah, I’m really happy for Peyton. Now he can retire on a high note, knowing he did all he could do this season.

  5. Running for President while female is tough.

  6. It’s that kind of attitude that hinders equality for women, not help it.

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