I have a pretty strong stomach, as made evident by my slumming through antisemitic backwaters of Arab media, my explorations of Mexican cartel violence, my happy journalistic jaunts into oppressive regimes like China, Venezuela, and other socialist paradises.
But the American Left? I won’t go near it. You think I’m crazy?
Poor Hillary. She just can’t seem to catch a break. Recall that in 2008, Hillary lost Iowa not only to a young, fresh, and charming Barack Obama. She also lost, albeit by one point, to the very smarmy John Edwards. This time around, when the stars were allegedly cast her way, a whopping 84 percent of Democratic voters under the age of 30 “Felt the Bern,” pulling for Sanders; Hillary, for her part, dominated the senior demographic.
This has led certain feminists to the verge of a nervous breakdown. Why, the chorus goes, is Bernie cast as the future, while Hillary gets painted as “the establishment”? Hillary Clinton is a woman, didn’t you notice? She is by her very nature oppressed; by definition, she cannot be the establishment. Never mind her questionable treatment of the many women who accused her husband of sexual assault; never mind her current classified e-mail quagmire, in which she may have put national security at risk. She is a woman, America. Everything else is chump change.
On Tuesday, Wendy Davis, another national “feminist icon,” sent out a completely crazed pro-Hillary/post-Iowa tweet. You might remember Davis as the Democratic media darling who got creamed in the last Texas gubernatorial race, and who now serves as a slightly unhinged full-time abortion enthusiast, because today’s feminists don’t seem to choose their icons very well. I won’t quote Davis’s tweet because it contains the f-bomb, but please know it was written in all capital letters, as most rational thoughts are. It also praises a now-viral feminist Internet rant, which includes the following quote:
“I’M NOT SAYING THERE AREN’T REASONS SOMEONE SHOULD DISLIKE HILLARY OR PREFER BERNIE. THAT IS FINE. THAT IS YOUR JOURNEY. BUT LET’S NOT PRETEND FOR A SECOND THAT THERE WOULD BE *THIS MANY* ISSUES WITH HILLARY IF SHE WAS A [SWEAR WORD] MAN….AND THE THING IS–I LIKE BERNIE! EVERYONE LIKES BERNIE! BECAUSE CRAZY GRANDPA IS TOTALLY ELECTABLE BUT CRAZY GRANDMA NEVER COULD BE. BUT WHY DO WE HAVE TO HATE HER TO SHOW HOW MUCH WE LOVE HIM? SOCIALIST JESUS TAKE THE [F-WORD] WHEEL.”
Well. That seems reasonable.
I give Wendy Davis a pass because she’s attractive, as is only natural. But who are the rest of these gnomes?
Hillary’s critics, Traister argues, fall into “a very old, very well-worn gendered pattern,” where women are seen as “know-it-all bores” and “wet blankets.” Bernie, on the other hand, can get away with anything: “The bigger truth is that what Bernie does, to great acclaim, that Hillary Clinton could never do is make big promises of institutional overthrow, tug on our imaginative heartstrings by laying out a future that might not be grounded in reality, and urge a revolution,” she writes. “Here is a truth about America: No one likes a woman who yells loudly about revolution.”
It’s not the revolution that’s a problem, it’s the yelling loudly:
I get that feminists are out of their minds over the seeming unfairness of it all. Many are out of their minds to begin with—and I say that as someone (a man, I confess, if only anatomically) raised in the turgid broth of feminism. But it’s only seeming. What’s fair about a career politician’s career wife deserving to be the party’s nominee for president, let alone president herself? She has to win more votes than the other guy, be it Barack or Bernie. If she can’t persuade the American electorate, how is she going to persuade Sergei Lavrov to push her Reset button? It’s only unfair if she’s “owed” the office.
Everybody threatens to leave the country if an unpalatable politician wins the race (Trump most notably). My red line was a Bush-Clinton race in November. Looks like I can stay, on both counts!