Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Is she woman enough?
The whole Obama vs. Hillary thing has been fascinating. I know if my Republican mom is planning to vote for Obama, something big is afoot.
I like Obama. I think he's super keen. But I think Hillary would make a better president. Obama would make a brilliant VP. Hillary would run the office, Obama would raise the spirits.
I gave Hillary my vote in the primaries and got a little thrill doing it. It felt damn good.
A fellow Hillary-voting friend of mine shared Robin Morgan's opinion piece with me recently. Let's just say it got me riled, in a good way.
Robin finds some ugly inequities:
- "When a sexist idiot screamed 'Iron my shirt!' at Hillary Rodham Clinton, it was considered amusing; if a racist idiot shouted 'Shine my shoes!' at Barack Obama, it would've inspired hours of airtime and pages of newsprint analyzing our national dishonor."
- "Carl Bernstein's disgust at Hillary's 'thick ankles.' Nixon-trickster Roger Stone's new Hillary-hating 527 group, 'Citizens United Not Timid' (check the capital letters). John McCain answering 'How do we beat the bitch?' with 'Excellent question!' Would he have dared reply similarly to 'How do we beat the black bastard?'"
- "The women's movement and Media Matters wrung an apology from MSNBC's Chris Matthews for relentless misogynistic comments. But what about NBC's Tim Russert's continual sexist asides and his all-white-male panels pontificating on race and gender? Or CNN's Tony Harris chuckling at 'the chromosome thing' while interviewing a woman from The White House Project? And that's not even mentioning Fox News."
She issues some pointed "goodbyes":
"Goodbye to a campaign where he has to pass as white (which whites—especially wealthy ones—adore), while she has to pass as male (which both men and women demanded of her, and then found unforgivable). If she were black or he were female we wouldn't be having such problems, and I for one would be in heaven."
"Goodbye to an era when parts of the populace feel so disaffected by politics that a comparative lack of knowledge, experience, and skill is actually seen as attractive..."
"Goodbye to the so-called spontaneous 'Obama Girl' flaunting her bikini-clad ass online—then confessing Oh yeah it wasn't her idea after all, some guys got her to do it and dictated the clothes, which she said 'made me feel like a dork.'"
And she gives an inspiring message to us estrogen-fueled types:
"We are the proud successors of women who, though it took more than 50 years, won us the vote."
"Hillary said she found her own voice in New Hampshire. There's not a woman alive who, if she's honest, doesn't recognize what she means."
"Me, I'm voting for Hillary not because she's a woman—but because I am."