This is a difficult post to write, because I’m concerned that I’ll be accused of sexism. Specifically, of criticizing Hillary Clinton for being a Bitch; when a man could get away with the same behaviour, and even be admired for it.
So maybe I’m sexist. But I found the video of the Democratic debate in South Carolina very uncomfortable to watch.
I can deal with political conflict. What bothered me most was THE LOOK. The time notations come from the Youtube video, posted below.
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This blogger describes Hillary’s style as “shrill”. I used the word “bitch”. Those particular pejoratives are reserved for women, so it seems sexist to use them.
But I’m not anti-women. There’s a real contrast between these two candidates, and it has nothing to do with the fact that one is male and the other female.
It isn’t like Barack Obama is equally aggressive and negative. Obama’s great gift is his ability to cast a positive vision of the future. His style is all about bipartisan consensus. It’s about bringing Democrats, independents, and even Republicans together around common objectives. Blacks and whites, too.
Whereas Hillary Clinton represents a continuation of the kind of politics the USA has seen for sixteen years now. Brass knuckle, divide-and-conquer, partisan campaigning. Do whatever you have to do in order to win.
The USA has been fed a steady diet of this for the eight-year Clinton presidency, and then the eight-year Bush presidency. Nasty, nasty! Aren’t Americans ready to turn the page on that?
Not Clinton. Hillary doesn’t just play the role because she has to: she relishes it. Just before the six-minute mark of the video, Hillary says “We’re just getting warmed up,” with much laughter and self-satisfied smiling. She was genuinely enjoying the bloodletting.
That’s what struck me as I watched the first few minutes of this video. And frankly, it makes me sick that she has better-than-even odds of winning the nomination. Obama is right: there are important issues confronting us, and Americans need to come together to face down the challenges.