Hillary Clinton’s defenders like to claim that she didn’t win the presidency because Americans were too sexist to vote for a woman (that’s just one of the 57 or so excuses Hillary herself has floated, but it’s in there.) And if those who didn’t support her protest that they would gladly vote for a woman President, just not her, the Democratic response is that that’s just a phony excuse and they really wouldn’t vote for any woman.
Frankly, I think that’s absolutely ridiculous. Carly Fiorina made a good run for the GOP nomination and was even high in the early polls before falling to Trump, as did all the other male candidates (me included, unfortunately.) I know of many Republicans who would love to vote for Condoleezza Rice for President. And when John McCain recently expressed regrets for picking Sarah Palin as a running mate, conservative websites were flooded with posts from Republicans saying that she was the main reason they voted for him.
Hillary Clinton’s problem wasn’t that she was a woman; it’s that she was “that woman” voters had been observing up close for over 20 years: Hillary Clinton. Most voters don’t accept that they’re under an obligation to support a candidate they don’t like or agree with, just because she’s a woman, and that includes most women voters.
As if to prove what a bogus premise that is, Hillary herself just endorsed the reelection of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his female challenger, former “Sex & The City” star, Cynthia Nixon. Now, I don’t know if Ms. Nixon is qualified to be governor of New York (I'd question that about Cuomo, too), and I certainly don’t agree with her political positions (she thinks Cuomo isn’t far enough to the left.) But there’s no question that she is a woman, and she’s appealing for women’s support.
If Hillary is going to accuse Americans of being sexist for not supporting the woman when she ran, then she endorses a man over a woman just because his views on the issues align more with hers, then how about according the rest of us the same privilege?
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