Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Aging Women Supporters of Hillary Clinton Need to Sit Down and Shut Up (Press Bias – Part 2)

Ah, the amazing irony of unforeseen results. This historic election with its first really electable black and female candidates has not resulted in wonderful idealism.

Instead it has shown the seamy underside of bias that permeates the mainstream press against any candidate or issue that is not in sync with the received view of what is good for the right cause. Even Sen. Hillary Clinton whose political positions are “right” on every issue is still the “wrong” candidate.

Here are some excerpts from the May 25th Meet the Press Roundtable. The opinions are from women on the panel. Two comments (one made on the air and one quoted) are about how unsuitable Hillary is personally and because of who she married and two about how petty and unreasonable her female supporters are:

Maureen Dowd: But the thing is, Hillary hurts feminism when she uses it as opportunism. And she has a history of covering up her own mistakes behind sexism. She did it with health care right after health care didn't pass. She didn't admit that she was abrasive or mismanaged it or blew off good advice or was too secretive. She said that she was a Rorschach test for gender and that many men thought of a female boss they didn't like when they looked at her. And now she's doing the same thing, and it's very--you know, in a way it's the moral equivalent of Sharptonism. It's this victimhood and angry and turning women against men and saying that the men are trying to take it away from us, in the same way she's turning Florida and Michigan and riling up and comparing them to suffragettes and slaves. And it's very damaging to feminism.

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Tim Russert quoting Ruth Marcus who was on the panel: "From a feminist perspective," Clinton, "Clinton's was not a perfect candidacy. Part of this stems from a fact outside Clinton's control, that her route to power was derivative, the Adam's rib outgrowth of her husband's career. Hillary Clinton had been elected to the Senate, twice, in her own right, but the fact that her road to the White House involved standing by her man, no matter how badly he behaved, made her a flawed vessel for the feminist cause.”

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Gwen Ifill: Just something, keep in mind what her audience is at this stage. Her audience, assuming she's trying to get out of this campaign with something intact and with some sort of power base intact, her audience is the truly, deeply angry women out there, who I run into, and I know who you hear from, who say, "How could you do this to us? We"--I, I talk to a woman who said she had planned a dance at an inauguration of the first woman president before she died, and now she'll never be able to do it. They believe that Hillary Clinton is not the beginning of the road, but the end of the road for women in--and--with a shot at the White House.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin: And what you don't want women to take away, instead of seeing her as a champion who actually did some great things for women, see her instead as a victim, it doesn't help the next women coming along. So I just wish those resentments could go on--could go away.

All you aging women out there who support Sen. Clinton need to realize that you chose a flawed candidate who does not deserve to be president and that your anger at her treatment is probably tied to your petty interest in things like inauguration dances. You need to sit down, shut up, forget any resentments and get a life of your own.

[Part 1 of Press Bias Against Hillary Clinton can be seen here.]

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