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Time for Hillary supporters to face the music

Posted by sanityinjection on August 4, 2008

Politico.com reports that even at this late date, some of Senator Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters are still pushing to have her put on the Democratic ticket as Senator Barack Obama’s running mate.

This is an excellent example of what happens when some people are so passionate about their cause that they start to deny reality. Most of the ordinary Americans who supported Hillary have come to understand that Obama is not going to put her on the ticket. They may not be happy about that, but they realize it is so. While Senator Clinton has many good qualities and obvious popular support among many Democrats, the simple fact is that she is a polarizing figure, disliked by many independent voters, and is of sufficient stature that she could draw attention away from Obama rather than toward him. No Presidential candidate would ever choose a running mate who could potentially outshine him, and political veterans know this.

The unhappy warriors of NOW (National Organization for Women) and NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League), though, are not so burdened by a connection to the real world. Geraldine Ferraro thinks Hillary is entitled to the VP spot simply for finishing a close second, which would be news to Ted Kennedy (Kennedy nearly knocked off sitting President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 Democratic primary, but was not offered the VP spot.)  She goes on to suggest that if Obama were to pick some other qualified woman, such as Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona or Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, that it would “annoy women”. Really, Gerry? So you’re saying being female isn’t the most important criteria for our elected officials, after all? But wasn’t that why you supported Hillary in the first place? I’m confused!

Pamela Sumners, a state NARAL director, says not picking Hillary would be like “Moses gets all the way to the mountain and doesn’t get to the promised land — and I think there would be people really angry about that.”  (In addition to the wonderful irony of an abortion-rights activist quoting the Bible, Sumners apparently forgot that in the Old Testament, Moses was not allowed by God to enter the promised land as punishment for his sins. Do you think Sumners really wants us speculating on what sins the election gods might be punishing Hillary for? I don’t either.)

This from Marcia Pappas, a state NOW director: “I would be very concerned about his judgment if he offered the position to another woman before offering it to Hillary Clinton, or any person…The women who have been elected to office in this time in history are the beneficiaries of the women’s movement. And it’s disheartening to see those same women turn their backs on another woman who is better qualified, and one can only wonder what they are getting out of their decision to turn their back.”

So in other words, a female politican who didn’t support Hillary, or who is so presumptuous as to accept the VP nomination if offered to her, is not only an ingrate but must have been *bribed*? Yikes.

The article correctly notes that the Ferraros, Pappases and Sumnerses of the world are not going to be switching their support to McCain in this lifetime, but suggests they may stay home and not work to elect Obama. The obvious question, of course, is: If they couldn’t put their own highly competitive candidate over the top, how much help would they be to Obama anyway? History Professor Joan Hoff has it right: “Those adamant Clinton supporters…and some of the better known feminists from the dark ages, I think they will use [Obama’s] vice presidential choice, whether a woman or a man, as an excuse not to support him.”

Bottom line: Hillary isn’t going to be on the ticket. Hillary’s supporters can swallow the bitter pill and vote for Obama, cast a protest vote for McCain, or simply stay home. But the one thing a strong, independent feminist is *never* supposed to do is WHINE. You lost, and in America, when we lose an election, we accept it, however grudgingly, and move on. That’s part of how a democracy works.

Full article is here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12262.html

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6 Responses to “Time for Hillary supporters to face the music”

  1. Dan said

    > But the one thing a strong, independent feminist is *never*
    > supposed to do is WHINE. You lost, and in America, when we lose
    > an election, we accept it, however grudgingly, and move on.
    > That’s part of how a democracy works.

    I don’t know what a feminist is actually “supposed” to do, but I *am* pretty certain that democracies are exactly all about whining and not moving on.

    Republican’s whined for 8 years under Bill Clinton, Democrat’s whined for 8 years under Bush, and Hillary Clinton’s supporters are going to whine until the day that they finally decide that Obama isn’t so bad after all. For a minority subset of them that day will never come.

    You can’t make everyone happy all of the time. You can’t even make MOST of the people happy all of the time. Most politicians would kill for a 50% approval rating :).

  2. Grace said

    There are many points in your post that I don’t agree with, but I don’t have the time to cover them all right now. So, just one single comment will suffice: I won’t vote for Obama, McCain, or stay home. I ‘ll vote for those candidates who reflect my political beliefs instead of choosing those (either democrat or republican) owned by the multinational corporations. And don’t tell me that Obama is not; he has more lobbysts than Hillary Clinton ever had.

    Nader/Gonzalez
    2008

  3. sanityinjection said

    Grace, you are right. Voting for a third party candidate is certainly another option, and I was wrong to omit that. Of course, that is just another kind of protest vote.

  4. RWR said

    Oh my goodness — I didn’t realize what a feminist was supposed to do until I read you post. Thank you for clearing that up!

    By the way, here’s the M-W definition of a whine:

    intransitive verb
    1 a: to utter a high-pitched plaintive or distressed cry b: to make a sound similar to such a cry
    2: to complain with or as if with a whine
    3: to move or proceed with the sound of a whine
    transitive verb
    : to utter or express with or as if with a whine

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whine

    Interesting that this is the noise you chose to hear when reading these posts (and probably my comment right now?). I hear pissed off, angry shouts sometimes, humor others and calm rationality the rest of the time. But I’ve never once heard a “whine” myself, so I guess it’s a matter of perspective. But then maybe that’s just my “dark ages” feminism interpreting — I forget we’re SO post-femisism now. In the new party I get called a “twat” when question the messiah, and Hillary is an “irrelevant bitch”. Go Democrats!

    I am, btw, about the only Hillary supporter I know who would even accept Hillary on the ticket at this point — if you read any major PUMA sights they’re begging her not to do it. The Obama campaign boycott has little to do with Hillary at this point. I was, in fact, only the most-luke warm of Hillary supporters during the campaign, and became active only when it was over.

    I have never once voted Republican in my life, and always voted the party pick democrat rather than my choice — many of which I felt far more strongly about than Hillary. Hell, if it were up to me I’d have had Kucinich in office.

    And no, I don’t like McCain much better than the other Republicans. But what has happened to the party and the media power in the last six months should frighten anyone with the slightest perspective on history. There is nothing left of democratic self determination. I was never deluded into believing in the myth of pure and objective democracy — but we had at least a rough facsimile and a media which while biased didn’t engage in outright cover-ups. But now we no longer even pretend. It’s just Obama served to a cowed public on a silver platter. I’ve been there, seen that in another life. I will fight tooth and nail to avoid the nightmare I see coming.

  5. Sister Benedict said

    End Women’s Suffrage!

  6. Sister Benedict said

    We are not supposed to be in a democracy. The United States of America was founded as a constitutional republic.

    By the way, just kidding about the “End Women’s Suffrage” comment before. I saw that on a button on a man’s lapel.

    Women have been able to vote for less than one hundred years. This is even less time than freed slaves have been able to vote. Now is not the time for any women to vote for a candidate based upon gender rather than policies and character traits. I appreciate the hard work that early feminists struggled to do for all of us, but it’s counter-productive to demand that someone be elected simply because they have XX chromesomes. Isn’t that one of the reasons why men didn’t want to “give” women the vote in the first place — out of concern that women would vote irrationally?

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