Skip to comments.Hillary Clinton accuses sexists of trying to stop her...(Here we go)
Posted on 05/23/2008 2:28:35 AM PDT by markomalley
Her defiant speeches are peppered with references to her gender. She told a crowd of some 3,000 - more than two thirds of them women - in Coral Gables, Florida, that America needed "a president who will roll up her sleeves and get to work for you" and a woman to "clean house" in Washington.
Mrs Clinton's main remaining chance of beating her Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama, lies in persuading the vast majority of about 200 undecided super-delegates - party officials - to reverse the elected delegate tally, which the Illinois senator has already won.
Making an explicit pitch to "any delegate or so-called super-delegate" in Coral Gables, she said: "Look at the states I've won. Look at the states I'm leading in. Look at the electoral map. It is clear I'm the stronger candidate against John McCain."
In addition, she needs the Democratic party to change the rules of the primary election so that disallowed votes cast in Michigan, where Mr Obama's name was not on the ballot, and Florida, where no campaigning took place, should count.
Travelling to Florida this week, she tried to splice together anger among Democrats that their primary had been invalidated because it was scheduled too early and outrage among mainly older women that one of their own had been rebuffed by a young man.
Media coverage of the presidential race, Mrs Clinton told The Washington Post, has been "deeply offensive to millions of women".
Pundits have been obsessed, she said, with the idea that racism was a barrier to her Democratic rival becoming the first black president of the United States. "But it does seem as though the press at least is not as bothered by the incredible vitriol that has been engendered by comments and reactions of people who are nothing but misogynists," she said.
Her argument resonated with many in Coral Gables. "I'm horrified with the mainstream," said Shannen Davis, 52, a social worker. "Until Senator Clinton ran for office, I had no idea that they were misogynist, biased, women-haters who have been waiting for this chance to throw all their jabs at a woman."
Kathy Ryan, 67, a retired teacher and local Democratic officials also blamed the media. "If they're women, they're Obama women who want her out. If it's men, the basis of it seems to be sexist. It's subtle but it's there," she said.
"Unless you're a woman, you're not sensitised to it but those of us who've had to live with it for many years understand it."
Mrs Clinton has not tried explicitly to link Mr Obama with the barrage of sexism she believes she has suffered from. But she has argued that sexism is a much bigger problem than racism.
"You can go to places in the world where there are no racial distinctions except everyone is joined together in their oppression of women," she said this week.
"The treatment of women is the single biggest problem we have politically and socially in the world. If you look at the extremism and the fundamentalism, it is all about controlling women, at its base."
Throughout the nomination battle, the Clinton campaign has pushed the message that the media is rooting for Mr Obama. It's a small leap, therefore, for many of her supporters to believe that her rival has been directing the media to be sexist or is himself dismissive of women.
Karen Orlin, 60, a corporate lawyer, said that when Mr Obama recently addressed a female journalist as "sweetie" it was a deliberate slight.
"I take great offence at that and I think it was unfair gamesmanship," she said. "There have been many comments, the references to emotionalism, the references to her passion. On the surface they're flattering but if you parse the language he's using it's actually very demeaning."
Although the Democratic party has all but anointed Mr Obama as its nominee, Mrs Clinton continues to assail him - though no longer by name - and highlight the attributes she believes she has and he does not.
She has outlined what "I will specifically do", she said in Coral Gables, dressed in an aquamarine pantsuit and looking every bit as energetic as she did when her campaign started in Iowa some 15 months ago.
"I want everybody to understand the choice in this election. I come with a lifetime of experience, a record of actually accomplishing change for people who needed someone in their corner."
Amid cries of "You go, girl" and waving signs that depicted her as the feminist icon Rosie the Riveter, she implored her supporters: "Stay with me - let's make history together."
Her supporters professed themselves awed by her tenacity.
"She's made of steel," said Ms Davis. "She's been tested in the fire and she's never wavered, never bowed.
"They have no idea who they're dealing with. It's not over until she decides it's over and that will be at the end of the inauguration party she'll be throwing next January. She's going to go all the way."
...the battle of the politically correct commences!
Big deal. Fire doesn't melt steel. Everybody knows that.
Anyone out there really believe Mrs. Clinton knows how to bake a pie?
IN - EFFING - CREDIBLE!
And the fire recoiled from the frigidity...
I’m a woman. I’m offended that someone like Hillary is even being thought of as Presidential material....and that’s not even considering her MORALS.
My prediction is that Hillary will lose due to “sexism” and Obama will lose due to “racism” and few will be willing to admit their losses were primarily due to their own gaffes and platforms.
Peggy Noonan’s column is the best response to this whining.
Sex and the Sissy
May 23, 2008
Meir and Gandhi and Mrs. Thatcher suffered through the political downside of their sex and made the most of the upside. Fair enough. As for this week’s Clinton complaints, I imagine Mrs. Thatcher would bop her on the head with her purse. Mrs. Gandhi would say “That is no way to play it.” Mrs. Meir? “They said I was the only woman in the cabinet and the only one with — well, you know. I loved it.”
Best line (I think):
It is prissy. Mrs. Clinton’s supporters are now complaining about the Hillary nutcrackers sold at every airport shop. Boo hoo. If Golda Meir, a woman of not only proclaimed but actual toughness, heard about Golda nutcrackers, she would have bought them by the case and given them away as party favors.
Mrs Clinton, "I'm a bigger victim than B Hussein O."
Victim, victim, victim - is her game. To me, it's not the sex or race hillary, it is that you and BO are both liberal socialists.
Whenever I encounter an admitted democrat my first question to them is Are you a SEXIST DEMOCRAT or are you a RACIST DEMOCRAT? It is so much fun watching them trying to wrap their brains around that.
The real beauty of that question is it works both ways. Democrats can be accused of being sexist because they are voting for Hillary or against Hillary. Are you voting for Hillary because she is a woman and/or white or because Obama is a man and/or black? Democrats can be accused of being racist because they are voting for Obama or against Obama. Are you voting for Obama because he is a man and/or black or because Hillary is a woman and/or white.
This is soooo much fun.
Hell, she started the fire, fanned its flames and then blames us..
she is one scary screecher..
...Did anyone bring the popcorn?