Carol Platt Liebau: News Flash: Women Aren't Monolithic

Sunday, March 11, 2007

News Flash: Women Aren't Monolithic

This piece reports that women, as a group, may not support Hillary Clinton just because she's a woman -- and that some Democratic women are even supporting John Edwards over Hillary!

Well, of course. It's long been an insulting assumption -- made primarily by the left -- that women are simply Democratic by nature, and that their gender will play the dominant role in determining which candidate they will support for President. That's not true, nor should it be -- any more than Barack Obama's appeal should be exclusvely about the fact he's black. The job of President is too important to be subjected to the race and gender considerations that too often overtake substantive political discussion.

For a long time, it seemed that Hillary Clinton played down her gender -- and rightly so. Now, she's playing it up, but no doubt as a matter of necessity. She senses that she's losing African American support to Obama, and needs to try to redefine herself as an alternative, exciting "first" to counter the greater sense of electricity around the Obama candidacy. Hence, she's falling back on the gender card.

5 Comments:

Blogger stackja1945 said...

Hillary Clinton's problem is, she is Hillary Clinton.

4:35 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Strawman argument Carol. The left doesn't think the way you think it thinks, or want it to think. The Kossacks are not supporting Hillary, and they are the netroots.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

"Hillary Clinton's problem is, she is Hillary Clinton."

And chief enabler and "bimbo eruption" trashing strategist to her serial philandering husband.

6:54 AM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

Carol,

You're right as rain on this one. There will be people to vote for Clinton because she is a woman, but they will be few. They will be outnumbered by those who vate against her because of her gender.

1:30 PM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

Very Sane - I have to disagree

Perhaps with ANY other woman that might be true - But Hillary has alienated so many people that her gender is not a factor in this one.

10:26 AM  

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