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