Skip to comments.The GOP's History of Sexist Hillary-Bashing (Boo-hoo!)
Posted on 12/26/2013 11:54:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Desperate to stop a second Clinton presidency in 2016, its a sure bet many in the GOP will reprise the ugly attacks they used on her 22 years ago.
While Hillary Clinton has made clear that she wont decide whether she wants to pursue the presidency in 2016 until next year, Republicans have decided they already are going to make her a top target. Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee Chairman, has promised this month to go after the rough stuff about Clinton in an ad campaign that will be very aggressive. The Republicans are promising a shotgun approach; just shoot out things like the a botched health care roll out in the '90s and Benghazi, and hope something hits.
This isnt the first time that Republicans have tried to nasty attacks against Hillary. That tradition stretches back to 1992, when Republicans decided to go after her with a series of sexist attacks that continued into her husbands administration. As Republicans start to open up attacks against Hillary once again, its worth remembering the sexist overtones in the earliest Republican attacks on Hillary, and how these attacks can backfire on Republicans.
Hillary-bashing became a central theme in the Republican campaign in 1992. No one can convince me that the American people are so blind that they would replace Barbara Bush with Hillary Clinton," Pat Roberston told the Republican convention. This was no ordinary First Lady, she was, as Patrick Buchanan said, a lawyer-spouse who has compared marriage as an institution to slavery. While Hillary had been the stable breadwinner in years when Bill tried to get his political career to take off, Republicans were deeply uncomfortable with the idea of a marriage in which a woman could hold a successful career, especially one that may be on par with that of her husband. Even Barbara Bush, who first resisted the idea of going after Hillary, eventually came around to seeing her as quite different and a fair target.
In that election cycle, Republicans were attracted to portraying Hillarys career as the manifestation of something maniacal about her intentions. In 1992, the right-wing American Spectator characterized Hillary as the Lady MacBeth of Arkansas.
The deep-seated antipathy to Hillary in that campaign was part of the rights inability to accept women in the workplace. The idea of a professional woman disturbed Republicans. The year before, the party had gone after Anita Hill for speaking out about workplace sexual harassment from her boss, Clarence Thomas. Are you a scorned woman?" asked Republican Senator Howell Heflin, in a line that became synonymous with apparent Republican discomfort with the role of women in the workplace. Watching the all-male Senate panel grill Anita Hill encouraged women across the country to run for political office. Amongst them was a state legislator, Patty Murray of Washington, who was told that she couldnt succeed in politics as a mom in tennis shoes, but she used that as her campaign slogan.
Despite the personal nature of the attacks against her, Hillary maintained a sense of calm in the campaign and emerged as an important voice for women. In April 1992, U.S. News and World Report, called her the overbearing yuppie wife from hell. When she was asked about the derogatory attack by a reporter, Clinton smiled and told the reporter, Im too old to be a yuppie. She became a leader for contemporary women with her commitment that her career was aimed to assure that women can make the choices whether it's full-time career, full-time motherhood or some combination." The Republican attempt to skewer her as a supporter of radical feminism failed, and revealed how deeply anti-feminist the Republican Party was.
Todays Republican Party has more women leaders than it did in 1992, but it is largely running damage control on its record regarding women. The GOP is giving special training to men running against women in order to prevent another comment along the lines of Todd Akins discussion of "legitimate rape." The radical feminist smear didnt work against Hillary Clinton in 1992 but Republicans tried to use the exact same line this year to attack Cornelia Pillard, a nominee for the D.C. Circuit, despite her sterling reputation as a Supreme Court advocate. Once again, that attack backfired as it became a rallying cry for her supporters, but the episode shows that the "radical feminist" weapon has not left the Republican arsenal.
Republicans have Sarah Palin and four women governors, but they are still willing to attack Democratic women with sexist attacks. Were already seeing hints of this in the right-wing attacks on Hillary. After a successful rebuttal of Republican attacks about about Benghazi, the New York Post mocked Clintons testimony with a sexist headline, No Wonder Bills Afraid, claiming that she exploded with rage. If a man gave that testimony, you would never see those kind of derogatory remarks.
As the right prepares to go after Hillary once again, we may see elements of this anti-feminist campaign come out again. The Republican Party has made progress on womens issues since Pat Robertson and Pat Buchanan were major movers and shakers in the party, but they may choose to once again go after Clinton with sexist attacks. If they do, it will once again backfire and help contribute to a unique "year of the woman," the year that Americans elected their first female president.
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The GOP treated her so kind, it made me sick. I wish they would bash her a million times worse than they ever have. I might be satisfied then.
Hillary is no victim, she is the Queen of Smut talk and a true Queen Bitch
according to every insider. And not just Bill.
The GOP did nothing to Hillary compared to what Obama did to her in 2008.
Actually, Hitlery’s main problem will be with the non-media Demagogic Party voters, who will hand her ass to her over a variety of different failing and flaws. The Demwit nominee will not be Hitlery.
Partisan Media Shillery for Hillary ping.
“The GOP treated her so kind, it made me sick. I wish they would bash her a million times worse than they ever have.”....
If it were me, I would be using the question, “What difference does it make” in EVERY, repeat EVERY talking point, advertising campaign and commerical again’st her. Perhaps she, and the American people will find out what difference it makes. So far she has been able to hide and duck away from Benghazi, I, on the other hand, would NOT let her forget it.
According to him, every time a Republican has criticized HRC since back in 1992 when her husband first ran for president, it had to be part of a systematic women-bashing campaign, motivated by alleged GOP contempt for a professional woman with a soaring career path.
Maybe this guy was still wetting his diapers then, but it turns out that by 1992, there were a multitude of legitimate reasons to bash "Her Royal Thighness" that were not gender-specific. Just for starters, there were Whitewater, cattle futures, and her lawyering work at the Rose Law Firm (she hardly ever appeared in court), a job she probably got simply because her husband was the governor and many of the firm's better-known clients had business with the Arkansas state government. Then there was also at least one organization in which she was prominent that had ties to Islamic radicals in the Middle East. Not to mention anti-Semitic remarks she was heard to make to her husband's campaign manager after losing a congressional election. (Of course, the volume of scandalous behavior by HRC has multiplied dramatically since then, and it has little to do with her genitalia.)
It's obvious that this Sam Kleiner is merely a hack for whatever leftist group he writes for, and displays zero originality in pursuing this tired "Republicans hate women" theme with respect to HRC.
I can’t be sexist against Hillary. She’s not a woman.
We have a million times as much to bash her with now, Benghazi, Huma, White House travel staff. so many things.
Is he Pajama Boy’s brother?
Hillary spoke to a dead Eleanor Roosevelt
Hillary put on a hat given to her by members of her coven
Hillary made kissy-face with the wife of Yassar Arafat
Hillary Clinton, friend of the Original Black Panthers
HILLARY REFUSES TO HELP RAPE VICTIM
LOL! I get your drift.
Recall that she was the former law partner and former paramour of the late Vincent Foster. No way he can be rubbed out without at least a wink and a nod from HRC, and no killers even investigated, let alone brought to justice.
Sure enough, they called it "suicide," without any objective basis for that bogus conclusion.
The list of criminal acts connected to HRC is quite extensive.
About Vince Foster. I don’t know why he died or if he did commit suicide, but I am certain the body was moved to Ft.Marcy from wherever it was when it was found.
At the least she is complicit in the movement of the body, probably by Secret Service Agents.
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE???
Keep saying it loud and proud every time a Hillary moron approaches you with anything remotely positive about her.