Activist Monday: Hillary Unleashed
Posted July 27, 2015on:
Can I just tell you I am LOVING Our Girl these days? It’s wonderful watching her feel free to tell it like it is. Unlike in 2008, the Party is behind her, and she knows it. This time around, it’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The stiff, overly cautious persona she was forced to project has disappeared like der Jebinator’s famous exclamation point.
Take the issue of gender. In 2008, it should have been central to her campaign. But at the time, she was hampered by a barrage of sexism coming from a place she least expected it – her own Party – which played right into Barack Obama’s hands. And, had he been white, that tactic wouldn’t have been nearly as effective (a fact which she pointed out, correctly, and was called a r*cist for it).
Now, she feels no compunction about pointing out the blindingly obvious.
Hillary Clinton is touting her potential to make history as the nation’s first female president as “one of the merits” behind her campaign.
She played up her gender during a stop in West Columbia, South Carolina on Thursday. When a man told Clinton that his 10-year-old daughter told him, “You guys have had it long enough,” Clinton seized the moment.
“Clearly, I’m not asking people to vote for me simply because I’m a woman. I’m asking people to vote for me on the merits,” Clinton said.
Then she directly addressed gender, adding: “I think one of the merits is I am a woman. And I can bring those views and perspectives to the White House.”
Well, duh?! Of course a different perspective and views are needed. Do we really think things are going well after almost eight years of the “most progressive President evah”? Thanks to our moronic wars of choice in Afghanistan and Iraq (which Obama, of course, continued), we have so much hatred against us in the Muslim world that terrorist groups like ISIS are on the rise. The toppling of Iraq’s Sunni government gave Iran so much power that we have been forced to negotiate a nuclear deal with that country, which has hardly proved reliable on this issue in the past. And Obama’s embrace of Austerity has done nothing but hurt the U.S. and global economy (although he’s made a few feebly encouraging pronouncements recently, there hasn’t been any substantive change to support them – like, perhaps, investing in infrastructure and job creation, raising taxes on the wealthy…etc..) I could go on and on, but I think you get my point.
Republicans, on the other hand, jumped on Hillary’s statement like a pack of elephants on a bag of peanuts. Mitch McConnell was one of them.
The Senate’s top Republican said Monday the “gender card alone” won’t be enough to propel Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton to the White House.
“I don’t think arguing ‘vote for me because I’m a woman’ is enough,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said while sizing up next year’s presidential race during a speech in his home state of Kentucky. “You may recall my election last year. The gender card alone is not enough.”In 2014, McConnell’s Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, claimed the longtime Republican incumbent was insensitive on gender issues such as pay equity. McConnell trounced Grimes in the election, capitalizing on President Barack Obama’s deep unpopularity in Kentucky.
McConnell said Monday there are millions of Americans who “would love to have a woman president.”
“The question is, a woman president to do what?” he said. “And I think inevitably, Hillary Clinton’s campaign will be four more years of the last eight.”
The interesting and important thing that McConnell said was that there are millions of “Americans” who would love to have a woman President. Not millions of Democrats…millions of Americans. He knows d*mn well that Republican women will vote for her, and he’s trying his jowly, pasty-faced, Rovian best to prevent that from happening.
But sadly for him and his fellow (pun most definitely intended) Republicans, his Party is showing its true colors a little too clearly now. With its racist, sexist, gun-toting Tea Party crazoids in full flower supporting the Donald’s high-profile train wreck of a candidacy, it’s hard to see how any Republican can beat her. Even the National Review, that bastion of conservative insanity, can see the inevitable, citing five reasons she will be the winner. Read it if you dare – if you get past the virulence and hatred, it’s actually pretty astute.
Yes, my friends, Hillary’s telling the truth and not giving a cr*p. I love it, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
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