by Marc H. Rudov
August 18, 2008
Ends of the Spectrum
Clinton blamed the demise of her 2008 primary campaign on sexism
and misogyny, while simultaneously bragging about receiving 18M
popular votes — a US record. This is transparent hypocrisy on
its face: Hillary’s it’s-all-about-women campaign was
the epitome of sexism. Hillary was the sexist.
why did Hillary play the victim? Easy answer: she wanted pity, which
she somehow confuses with compassion and respect. The real answer
is that female victimhood sells in this gynocracy, and sells big-time
— despite women comprising 54% of the electorate, 60% of college
graduates, 70% of divorce filers, and 90% of child custodians. In
addition, women control 60% of American wealth and make 80% of consumer
purchases. This is victimhood? I’d like some of that, with fries.
reality, female whiners are fake victims. They’ll alternately
use victimhood and power, depending on the situation. To wit: When
Hillary competed to become commander in chief, she was powerful. In
defeat, she was a victim. Why, then, can women exploit both ends of
the spectrum? Simple: men fall for it every time.
are afraid of women, as I explained in “Thou
Shalt Not Disappoint Her.” How else can one explain mayors,
governors, legislators, judges, jurists, and presidents bending and
mutilating the Constitution — unilaterally for women —
to effect such bear traps as VAWA, IMBRA, rape shields, abortion,
safe havens, and instant restraining orders?
not, however, for Senator Clinton’s pity-wallowing was not in
vain. She had many helpers stirring the victimhood stew, including
Ferraro, and NOW.
Yes, they all blamed Hillary’s narrow loss to Barack Obama on
the hatred of women. Gawker
and Jon Stewart’s Daily
Show even blamed me somewhat for her loss, because of my famous
“take out the garbage” quip on Fox News Channel’s
Your World with Neil Cavuto. Give me a break!
bad Hillary’s protestations, and those of her supporters, were
fallacious and disingenuous. In the September, 2008, issue of the
Atlantic Monthly, Joshua Green wrote a detailed investigative
portrait of Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign — replete
with internal documents and e-mails — called “The
Front-Runner’s Fall.” Here are two critical paragraphs
from Green’s article, which proves that incompetence and
high negatives sank her campaign, not sexism:
on the basis of managerial competence — on her capacity, as
she liked to put it, to “do the job from Day One.” In
fact, she never behaved like a chief executive, and her own staff
proved to be her Achilles’ heel. What is clear from the internal
documents is that Clinton’s loss derived not from any specific
decision she made but rather from the preponderance of the many
she did not make. Her hesitancy and habit of avoiding hard choices
exacted a price that eventually sank her chances at the presidency.
of these choices in Iowa became jarringly clear when [Clinton’s
pollster Mark] Penn conducted a poll just after Clinton’s Senate
reelection [in November 2006] that showed her running a very distant
third, barely ahead of the state’s governor, Tom Vilsack. The
poll produced a curious revelation: Iowans rated Clinton at the top
of the field on questions of leadership, strength, and experience
— but most did not plan to vote for her, because they didn’t
have no reason to critique, delve into, or expand on Mr. Green’s
eye-opening treatise, which taught me a lot; it stands on its own
merits. You can read it for yourself, and you must. My objective,
in including Green’s piece, is to present evidence that the
sexism and misogyny charges of Hillary and her friends were bogus
and dangerous. Because American men are reluctant to criticize women,
women rarely hear it. So, when the rare man criticizes a woman, he’s
automatically labeled a misogynist.
NoNonsense Bottom Line
a woman calls her detractors sexists and misogynists, she’s
displaying true weakness. The fact is, Hillary Clinton ran an inept
campaign, was unpopular, and deserved to lose. Carelessly and cowardly
playing the sexism card, to mask incompetence or for any other reason,
is as pernicious as capriciously playing the racism card. In the end,
false accusers diminish themselves.
chose victimhood because she could. That choice rallied a lot of female
support, and many men gave her a pass for it. Alas, Americans easily
and willingly see women as victims — a sign of disrespect, not
compassion. Until women reject this dysfunctional pathos, the irony
will be lost on them.
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Hillary runs a competent and successful presidential campaign in 2012,
it will mean that choosing victimhood was a good strategy. It also
means that a victim could be answering that White House phone at 3AM.
Is that what you want?
Rudov has appeared
on the KTLA Morning Show, CNN, Fox Business Network, and is a featured
weekly guest on Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto. Rudov
also appears regularly on FNC's The O'Reilly Factor.
Marc Rudov has
piqued many listeners on radio shows including The Howard Stern Show (Sirius),
The Tom Leykis Show (CBS Radio), The Dennis Miller Show (Westwood One),
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Radio Australia), and The John Oakley Morning Show (AM640 Radio Toronto).