The Real Reason You Don’t Like Hillary and Nancy
As any reader of my blog knows, I am verbose. Yes, I was the college student who would routinely use the smallest font available combined with narrow margins to meet the maximum page requirement for paper submissions (its Palatino if you are wondering). But what you may not realize is that have lots of thoughts that do not require 3,000+ words to articulate. It is a daily occurrence to find me standing in front of the television simply shaking my head in disbelief. But many times, I will respond – out loud – starting with, “Okay, just a couple things.”
So I decided to create a new type of post: short, succinct, and simple retorts to news of the day. Let’s get started.
This weekend, in between Giuliani and Trump drama, was a discussion about House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi. Specifically, Republicans plan to run against Pelosi and Hillary Clinton in their mid-term campaign this fall. Yeah, I know. Hillary is not on the ballot – but you’d never know it talking to a Republican running for re-election. Regarding Nancy Pelosi, the story is that 10 Democratic House candidates have indicated that they will not support the Minority Leader for Speaker (should Democrats win the Majority) and a handful of others that refuse to answer the question. This question came up in the Conor Lamb – Pennsylvania 18th – special election in March. Lamb diffused the question by announcing up front that he would not support Pelosi for Speaker, should the Democrats retake the House this fall.
In regard to Hillary, her statements continue to be scrutinized as if she is running for office and Republicans continue to call for her to be investigated. In interviews, discussing the 2016 election, she is constantly judged for not “blaming herself enough” for her own loss. Even when the conversation is focused on historical analysis and reflection, Hillary haters (and neutral arbiters alike) ask, “Is Hillary hurting the party by continuing to bring up 2016? Should she accept more responsibility?” As a side, I highly doubt that any Hillary hater has read her book, What Happened. If they had, they would know that she held herself accountable, but I suspect even then short of flogging, it would not be enough.
Did anyone ask John McCain to shut up and blame himself publicly after his loss to Obama? Did I miss the chastising of Mitt Romney after he lost what was supposed to be an “easy presidential race?” No and no. Of course, I do not recall any elected official referring to either gentleman as “the anti-Christ” (Ryan Zinke) either.
We can all look forward to a continuation of the politicization of gender and misogyny as we gear up for the mid-terms and while it is fair to ask Democratic candidates about their support for House leadership, I truly question the need to cast off experienced politicians for insidious reasons. Let’s not kid ourselves, Hillary and Nancy are vilified because they are highly successful and effective women in a typically male-dominated field.
They each rose to political fame when it was unusual for women to play a lead role and both have had a well-orchestrated “boogey-man” (or woman) campaign launched against them. To anyone who might disagree, ask yourself this: if billions of dollars were spent over 20+ years degrading and maligning Santa Claus, do you honestly believe that you would see him as Kris Kringle? No. The answer is ‘No.’ If you answer “yes,” you are lying to yourself.
So just a couple things. In 2016, pollsters and political analysts alike conducted a great deal of research beyond the basic, “who will you vote for in November?” Many voters were asked if they would support a woman for president and unsurprisingly, the answer was “yes” with the caveat, “but not that woman” (ie Hillary). Gender stereotypes and misogyny were at play in 2016 and will be again this fall. One-hundred-years after a constitutional amendment giving all women the right to vote was ratified by enough states to become the law of the land, an experienced and intelligent woman got this close to the Oval Office. She fell about 70,000 votes short to an unqualified, narcissistic, misogynist who weaponized her gender while white women across the country said, “We prefer the sexist.”
Nancy Pelosi will run for Speaker if the Democrats win the House Majority. You know why that’s a good thing for Democrats? Because Nancy Pelosi, the first woman Speaker of the House, knows how to get legislation through her caucus. It does not mean she will win, but if she loses, it will be a result of a Democratic caucus vote – not a full-throated malignment campaign funded by Republicans who have nothing better to champion.
We have a long way to go.