Skip to comments.Clinton Tumbles Down the 'Marriage Gap'
Posted on 03/20/2018 8:00:34 AM PDT by Kaslin
IT HAS BEEN nearly 17 months since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election, yet she can't seem to stop talking about her defeat, or all the culprits she holds responsible.
She was at it again in India last weekend. Answering a question about the 2016 election, she portrayed Trump supporters as primitives motivated by racism, misogyny, and hatred of immigrants. "Make America Great Again" was a pitch to American bigots, Clinton said — to voters who "didn't like black people getting rights . . . don't like women getting jobs . . . don't want to see that Indian-American succeeding." That was a reprise of her infamous "basket of deplorables" slur, one of the worst self-inflicted wounds of her campaign.
Clinton wasn't finished.
"We [Democrats] do not do well with white men, and we don't do well with married, white women," she said. "And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should."
Not surprisingly, that triggered a torrent of ridicule. "Yes, women who voted Republican only did so because they are afraid that ol' Bob is going to come home, get the beatin' stick out of the closet and start a-whoopin' and a-whalin' on the little woman," wrote conservative polemicist Ben Shapiro.
It wasn't the first time Clinton has blamed her loss in part on women caving in to pressure from the men in their lives. Last September, in an interview with NPR, she approvingly cited Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's prediction that women would have no empathy for her on Election Day because they would "be under tremendous pressure from fathers and husbands and boyfriends and male employers not to vote for 'the girl.'"
Clinton is a former law partner, US senator, and secretary of state. She was the first woman to be a major-party nominee for president. She is an outspoken feminist who, even as she lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, boasted of having put "about 18 million cracks" in the "highest, hardest glass ceiling." She acknowledged then that the prospect of a woman becoming president of the United States had become "unremarkable." In last year's election, she received 65,844,954 votes — millions more than her opponent — and the majority of those who voted for her were women.
Yet now she claims she lost the election because women were arm-twisted into backing Trump? Is her feminism really that shallow?
Buried under the condescension and self-pity, however, there were some grains of truth in Clinton's words.
White voters and married voters are more likely to vote Republican, and have been for years. Though disquisitions on the "gender gap" are a perennial feature of presidential campaign coverage, marital status is a far more telling predictor of voter behavior. Single women, by and large, vote Democratic. Married women lean Republican.
Exit polls in 2016 confirmed that this marriage gap was alive and well. While Clinton won 55 percent of unmarried voters, Trump pulled 52 percent of those who were married. Among married women, Clinton actually edged Trump, winning a 49 percent plurality to his 47 percent. A differential in favor of the female candidate obviously can't be explained by "tremendous pressure" from men not to vote for "the girl." What it did reflect was Clinton's massive support from black women, 94 percent of whom voted for her.
But most white women voted Republican in 2016, just as they had in 2012, 2008, and 2004. And since white women are much more likely to be married, that is the demographic in which the marriage gap shows up most vividly.
Clinton's problem with married white women had nothing to do with her sex, and everything to do with her being a liberal Democrat. Wedlock correlates strongly with more conservative political opinions; in Gallup's words, "marital status remains one of the most reliable predictors of party identification." Americans who lean conservative or Republican — those who are older, white, and religious — are more likely to get married. At the same time, marriage and the experiences associated with it — parenthood, home ownership, the economics of supporting a family — have a well-known tendency to nudge adults to the right.
It will hardly come as a bolt from the blue that spouses affect each other's thinking and habits. Studies have long shown that women pay less attention to politics than men do. That helps explain why single women are less likely to register and vote — and why, when they marry, women are more likely to embrace their husband's political perspective than the other way around. That doesn't reflect patriarchal misogyny; it reflects the fact that bonds of love and marriage lead people to unite in other ways too.
In 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president, he went on "60 Minutes" to answer allegations of extramarital wrongdoing. His wife appeared with him and backed him up. "I'm not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette," Hillary Clinton said that day. "I'm sitting here because I love him and I respect him." She resented the insinuation that she lacked the agency to make a political decision in her own best interest. Women who voted for Trump resent it when Clinton makes the same insinuation about them.
I’ve heard it said that Hillary has evolved, or devolved, if you will, into a parody, a Greek tragedy, the Lady Macbeth of America.
Someday someone will have the guts to make a.movie about her life. Just as decades later, someone has recently made a movie about Chappaquiddick, eventually someone will have the courage to tell us the true story of Hillarys life.
(with an apology to innocent bovines)
OK, hag, you can divorce the man now. You only remained married to him to get yourself elected. That failed. You and your iranian sidekick can come out now.
Notice that Billy Boy is hiding in the weeds lately. Not a word. That means either someone is telling him to shut up, or he is scared.
“...Someday someone will have the guts to make a.movie about her life....”
Like the movie ‘PRIMARY COLORS’....which could have been a real expose’ of the Clintons.
I’m sure that once Her Husband has a few words with her, her tune will change...to something that a white man from Middle America Arkansas would want to hear...
What I want to know is why anyone in India would want to pay money, a lot of money, to listen to this three time loser make excuse after excuse about how it is not her fault.
Most Indians and other South Asians I know are much smarter than that. At the least, they would insist on the speaker actually being inspirational.
One pundit labeled her “Hillary Havisham.”
Miss Havisham eternally relived the dreadful she was left at the altar.
Hillary is obsessed with her loss-——cant think of anything else....invented a zillion reasons why.
My guess is that he is hold up with his millionaire buddy on the "Island of Underage Girls".
Double, double, toil and trouble...
I sometimes feel kind of sorry for Slick. Imagine being married to that cow?! Meanwhile, hes so disgusting, he deserves the witch or they deserve each other.
And it's to our nation's eternal shame that they're still raking it in, one way or another.
Sometimes karma seems a bit lazy to me . . .
I’ll call your misogyny and raise you a misandry.
If she was any other old lady, she’d be waiting for the creamed corn and meds at the nursing home. It’s comical that anyone thinks she’s still relevant.
I doubt anybody is telling Bill to shut up. Everybody knows he’s the one more people like and respect and that gives him the real power. Hillary has power by coercion only. I imagine there are a couple of things at play.
1. He knows his time is limited and has come to terms with that. He just wants to live out his life in relative peace.
2. It’s been said he tried to tell Hillary what to do to win the election but she ignored him almost wholesale. I think he has just given up trying to give her advice since she won’t follow it anyway. To a degree we have all done this with a friend or family member.
3. He’s just plain tired of Hillary and wants peace from her so he stays out of the way.
Humpty Hillary tumbling, stumbling, bumbling...
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