Seriously. I wrote a few weeks ago that I was thinking about registering as a Republican so I could vote for John Kasich in the Florida primary. Now, if I were to judge the candidates by their supporters, I would just go ahead and vote for him in the primary, send his campaign a check and vote for him the general. I do not judge a candidate by their supporters, however, so I won’t do that. It is tempting though.
First of all, could there be more sexism running around than in 2016? I am not even thinking about Donald Trump or the clown car of non-Kasich candidates and their various policies that are anti-women. I am looking squarely at the people who support Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
First to the Clintonistas, notably Madeline Albright and Gloria Steinem. The latter proclaimed, “There is a special circle of hell for women who don’t support other women.” Now, I know she has been using that line for a long time and means it, at least a little bit, as a joke BUT it also implies that I should support candidates like Sarah Palin, Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell, Carly Fiorina and a host of others whom I think are worthy of satire but not elected office. Steinem’s comment about young women supporting Sanders because “their boyfriends do” is beyond condescending. No, Gloria, young women who work for themselves and are perfectly capable of making a host of big decisions about their future become star struck about Bernie Sanders because their boyfriends support him. What the fuck?
Then there are the comments I heard from Susan Sarandon. She’s supporting Sanders because she doesn’t have to “vote with (her) vagina.” Good to know, Susan. I am going to write a long piece about why I support Hillary, but it’s hard to get anything written with my dang vagina getting in the way all of the time. I mean really! I wanted to watch the Super Bowl, but my vagina wanted to watch some feminist clap trap that was on PBS. Thanks for telling all the women who support Hillary that their brains have effectively left all decision making power to their other body parts.
This has to stop. Last night I wrote about why I think Hillary has no real incentive to release the transcripts of her speeches to Wall Street firms. I will give you my point — if you email me or send me a Facebook message, this is the response you will get: if you don’t like Hillary and think she is [corrupt, evil, stupid, a traitor, worships satan, is a carpetbagger, whatever] nothing in the transcripts will change your mind. If you like Hillary and think she is [qualified to be president, cares about the American people, has values similar to your own, craps nothing but rainbows and puppies, whatever] you will still think that after you read them.
These are from an actual exchange from my Facebook wall today:
I do support Hillary Clinton and think she would be a better president than Bernie Sanders. I am a Democrat and will vote for whoever wins the nomination. I do not hate or even dislike Sanders. I admire his long career and his decision to remain a socialist (or Democratic Socialist, when I use the term I mean no disrespect and think we could use some more socialism). I do dislike people who tell me that by supporting Hillary, I have “my head stuffed somewhere.” Putting a clever phrase over an image is not proof of anything other than your ability to use a meme generator. (I can do that, too!)
And to beat the horse even further to death, is there anything that would honestly make you think Hillary is not a shill for someone? Anyone who references Libya does not sound like someone who has any capacity to think anything good of Hillary Clinton.