Is Hillary Clinton a Closet Sexist?
By: Carey Roberts
Last week Hillary Clinton overcame a double-digit deficit in the New Hampshire primary to surprise opponent Barack Obama. How did she manage to pull off the near-miraculous upset?
First, in a heart-warming display of female bonding, she indulged in a tearful moment at a Portsmouth, NH cafÃ©. Then she traveled to Salem where two planted hecklers chanted â€œIron My Shirt,â€ proving to the ladies the patriarchy is still plotting a return to the good-olâ€™ days of barefoot women.
So how do I know they were plants?
We know Hillaryâ€™s operatives worked this stunt twice before in Iowa. And think about it — does anyone believe that security would allow a couple of scruffy-looking guys to haul a 3-foot sign into the room?
Still, you have to admit the ruse was masterfully staged â€“ the overweight baffoons who admitted to being Republicans, Hillary directing the lights be turned up so photographers could get a good angle, and the oh-so-slow response of the security detail.
Hillaryâ€™s come-back was as polished as a slab of New Hampshire marble: â€œOh, the remnants of sexism are alive and well.â€ (Cue laughter and clapping.)
Columnist Mary K. Ham wrote the incident was â€œalmost too perfect.â€ New York Times writer Maureen Dowd opined that Clinton was forced to â€œfend off calamity by playing the female victim.â€ And Michelle Malkin called it plain â€œB.S.â€
But since Hillary has raised the â€˜Sâ€™ word, maybe itâ€™s time to inquire of HRCâ€™s sexism. Isnâ€™t turn-about considered fair play?
As far as I know, Hillary Clinton has never come out and said, â€œGirls Rule, Boys Drool.â€ But a lot of things lead me to believe she has a problem with men.
Over the years she has floated claims that range from half-baked cants to fantastic lies, all suggesting that men are oafish brutes. For example, Hillaryâ€™s campaign website features this chestnut: Women unfairly â€œearn only 77 cents for every dollar men earn.â€
Hillary, you pay persons based on the number of hours they work and the skills they bring, not because of their genitalia.
There are the Chicken-Little allusions to the dreaded patriarchy. Informed that Iowa had never elected a female governor, senator, or congressman, Hillary warned darkly, â€œThere has got to be something at work here.â€
Hillary, there is more to life than working 18-hour days and pretending to enjoy rubber chicken dinners at campaign fund-raisers.
There are the endless men-not-welcome slogans and events: Mothers and Daughters Making History, Empowered Women for Hillary, Moms for Hillary, Nurses for Hillary, Abortionists for Hillary (just kidding), Women of Color luncheons, You Go Girl! buttons, house parties â€“ the list goes on.
Itâ€™s the reliance on tired feminist clichÃ©s. Basking in her New Hampshire win, Clinton told her supporters that she had finally found her â€œvoice.â€ Yes, imagine a grown woman, a national senator, a presidential aspirant, admitting sheâ€™s been too timid to speak out all these years.
And then thereâ€™s that irritating refrain, â€œitâ€™s time to break the biggest glass ceiling in the land.â€
Hillary, there is no glass ceiling â€“ itâ€™s your inability to run an ethical campaign and to not diss white men who represent the second largest electoral block in the nation.
She works the victim angle to a T. During her recent debate Mrs. Clinton was asked why voters didnâ€™t see her as likeable. This was her I-am-woman-hear-my-roar answer: â€œWell, that hurts my feelings, but Iâ€™ll try to go on.â€
As former Clinton advisor Dick Morris observed, â€œIn her victimhood, Hillary has achieved the popularity that proved elusive in her previous incarnations.â€
Thereâ€™s her ironclad rule to never mention issues of concern to men, like the woeful underfunding of prostate cancer research, discrimination by divorce courts, and false allegations of domestic violence.
And if she believes in helping children, why doesnâ€™t Hillary do something to rein in those nanny-government programs that shove fathers out of their kidsâ€™ lives?
Itâ€™s the nasty put-downs. Remember that quip she made in Iowa about â€œevil and bad menâ€? And Hillary once raved about a book she read called â€œDemonic Males.â€ Just imagine the political fall-out if Obama ever read a book called, â€œBig Bad Whiteyâ€!
Once Mrs. Clinton recounted the time she received a sympathy note during her darkest days in the White House that read, â€œWhenever you have trouble coping, just think of Snow White. She had to live with seven men.â€
Worst of all, she displays no compunction in playing the estrogen supremacist card. Hereâ€™s the pick of the litter, from a 2005 lecture: â€œResearch shows the presence of women raises the standards of ethical behavior and lowers corruption.â€
Sexism with a smile, Hillary-style.
Carey Roberts is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.