First, she gave headaches to Democrats up for reelection by insulting people who didn’t vote for her as either bigots and sexists, or weak-willed women voting the way their husbands told them to. When fellow Democrats tried to tell her that wasn’t helpful, she got (surprise!) defensive and blamed the suggestion that she shut up and go away on sexist Republicans (even though much of it was coming from female Democrats, such as Sen. Claire McCaskill, who’s fighting for her political life in Missouri, one of those red states that Hillary thinks is populated entirely with extras from the movie “Deliverance.”) Hillary said she had a staffer research it, and nobody ever told male presidential losers such as Mitt Romney, Al Gore, John Kerry or John McCain to shut up and go away.
Well, I don’t know who’s working on her staff, but Rich Weinstein on Twitter noted that he did a Google search on the phrases “Mitt Romney” and “Go away,” and it immediately returned 297,000 hits. He also noted that as much as the left loves to tell Sarah Palin to shut up and go away, that returned only 216,000 hits.
If nobody told Al Gore to shut up and go away, it could be because he shut up and went away after losing. Nobody started complaining about him talking until he began flying around on jets to lecture us all on how were generating too much CO2. Has anyone ever listened to a John Kerry speech and not prayed he would wrap it up and sit down? As for John McCain, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard fellow Republicans wish he would shut up and go away. The real difference is that all those men may have ruffled some feathers with what they said on various issues, but that came well after their election losses. They didn’t immediately start trying to attack and undermine the legitimacy of the President or insult the voters for being too stupid not to elect them instead.
Having your opponents wish you’d sit down and shut up is just something you have to get used to if you’re going to be in the public eye and talk about controversial issues. However, when your opponents want you to keep talking and your supporters are begging you to sit down and shut up, it might be time to start entertaining that suggestion.
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