Gender Politics. That’s the title of the latest CNN piece by Maeve Reston on Hillary Clinton. The article leads off by declaring that Hillary just wasn’t able to “balance” the “gender issue” back in 2008.
Well Ms. Reston, let me tell you, I was there in 2008. I witnessed the ugliness first hand. I will never forget the so-called Fourth Estate slamming her with sexist and even misogynistic attacks constantly during the primary period! All with the knowing wink-wink from Team Obama.
Both the media and the DNC denied the sexism at the time. This segment, which aired May 26, 2008, was CNN’s attempt and being “balanced” themselves.
But now, only now six years later, according to this article, Hillary has found this balance.
For much of this year, Clinton has spoken with ease — and little controversy — about female empowerment. At Tina Brown’s ‘Women in the World’ conference in April, Clinton declared that the “double standard” for women was “alive and well.”
“For much of this year…”??? Excuse me? Where have you been? Hillary has spoken about female empowerment for her whole life! She has lived women’s rights and empowerment!
The author asserts that Hillary is carefully setting the stage for 2016.
…And she rarely gave a speech this fall without reminding audiences she was soon to be a grandmother. The tableau was complete when she tweeted a softly lit image of her cradling newborn Charlotte while Bill Clinton beamed over her shoulder.
So she’s a proud mother and grandmother, but because she’s Hillary Clinton, no photos of grand baby allowed!! Bragging is what Grandmas do! I remember my grandmother used to carry a little photo book in her purse with the title, “Grandma’s Brag Book” on the cover. She was none too shy about pulling it out whenever anyone asked….or even when they didn’t ask!
The careful choreography illustrates the attention her team is giving to reconnecting Clinton with Democratic women, a core constituency that Barack Obama was able to slice into during her first presidential run in 2008
Reconnecting? Hillary’s real core constituency never warmed up to Mr. “99 Problems, cell phone vibrating” Obama. Does the name “Puma” ring a bell? Does it Sweetie?
“Should she run, she has an opportunity to continue to build on what (Barack Obama) has done, and another fantastic step on that ladder is the possibility of the first woman president of the United States,” said Tracy Sefl, who advised the Clinton campaign on communications strategy in 2008. “The possibility of a woman president is a welcome one, more so than is a foreign one.”
Hillary, what ever you decide….do not, I repeat, do not listen to anything this, Tracy Sefl person says. Whatever she says….do the opposite.
The President led among women by about 11 points in both 2008 and 2012. But some 56% of white women—which were a strong demographic for Clinton—favored 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, compared to 42% for Obama in 2012. Obama also lost married women to Romney by 7 points.
Hmmm…..I wonder why????
Another asset is that Obama’s historic election — along with Clinton’s competitive bid in 2008 — changed societal expectations of what an American President must look like. In interviews during this year’s midterm elections, many Democratic voters, particularly women, said they feel it is her turn for a historic victory.
Her turn? Are we taking turns? If that’s the case, then Mr. Obama jumped the line on his “turn.” Or as he used to say in his Choom Gang days, “interception!”
“… Katie Packer Gage, whose firm Burning Glass coaches Republican candidates on connecting with female voters. “Women just don’t have history of voting for women; they have a pretty decent history of following their party behavior. So being a woman doesn’t necessarily provide some kind of big advantage.”
Ya’think?? It’s true that there were many so-called feminists who went all ga-ga fangirl over Obama. Naomi Wolf comes to mind…..
…But as late as 1999 before her Senate run, she was still being advised by strategist Mandy Grunwald to try to show “more sides” of herself and look for “opportunities for humor” to avoiding coming off as so stern.
That liability surfaced for Clinton most notably in 2008. She spoke early on about trying to break the glass ceiling of the presidency. But her campaign ultimately centered on the message that she was the only candidate with the strength and experience to lead. When she was asked what it meant to be a woman running as president, her answer was always that she was proud to be a woman making that attempt, but she was running because she thought she’d be the “best president.”
Yeah…imagine that! Vote for the best candidate! What a crazy idea!!
Looking ahead to 2016, Clinton seems unlikely to face the hurdle of a competitive primary, much less a battle over historic firsts. And after four years as Secretary of State—which tabled the experience question for many voters…..
Of course no one questioned the experience, or lack of, The Lightbringer Obama.
“She has more freedom, because she has more political accomplishments than she did when she ran in 2008,” said Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University. At the same time, “all of the Monday morning quarterbacking suggests that it was probably a mistake that (the 2008 Clinton campaign) took the women’s vote at all different generation levels for granted.”
Yeah, that was a mistake. Never underestimate the stupidity of the youth vote.
Or as Uppity used to say, “That’s why we don’t let children pick presidents.”
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