I don’t normally do this of course, but this itch has been getting bigger lately. A few months ago on CIF I said that the race between Obama and Clinton was leading to a fight between feminists and anti-racists in the fight to claim the mantle on who faced more bigotry in this presidential race: did the black man have it worse or the white woman?
Quite sensibly, most feminists in America have tried not to let it get out of hand by highlighting the sexism that Clinton has faced, but not play that against Barack Obama, as if its still his fault and he’s getting off easily. But not all.
This post at The Apostate does a good job of portraying Obama as a nasty, conniving media-savvy sexist where poor Hillary Clinton is being unfairly targetted. It’s so bad it could be a joke.
Most of my friends are Obama-supporters who arenâ€™t content with me finding neither Hillary nor Obama left enough to suit me; they canâ€™t â€œeven mention that woman in the same breath as Obama.â€ Thatâ€™s how much they hate Hillary â€” for no rational reason. These are pro-feminist, women and men, of all races. Theyâ€™ve completely bought into the ridiculous racism charge against Hillary (and Bill) â€” come the fuck on. Itâ€™s not like the Clintons are an unknown quantity. He was our president for eight years â€” and we somehow missed how racist this couple is? Give me a break.
Give you a break? A break after the woman declared to USA Today that she should be president because Obama wouldn’t win the white vote? A break after she had trouble bringing herself to say that he was a Christian and that he was patriotic?
What’s the charge-sheet against Obama?
While I was working in the streets,â€ he scolded her, â€œ. . . you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board of Wal-Mart.â€ Then, cleverly linking her inextricably in the public consciousness with her husband, he added: â€œI canâ€™t tell who Iâ€™m running against sometimes.â€
Ooooh scary! That probably had something to do with the fact that, at the time, Bill Clinton was running riot everywhere comparing Obama to Jesse Jackson (why? because they were both black?). And how is the Wal-mart jjibe sexist?
But there’s more:
Obama has run a dirty campaign, one thatâ€™s been more underhandedly dirty than Clintonâ€™s because itâ€™s been subtly done and his dirty work was mostly done by the media for him. He got lucky that he ran against a woman â€” if Clinton hadnâ€™t been a contender, he wouldâ€™ve been trounced by Any White Male in the first few months.
So dirty in fact and so subtle that the blogger can’t even bring herself to name examples of his dirty, underhanded sexism. The media did it for him! He controls them!
The Apostate ends with:
I just canâ€™t stand to have a woman constantly and unfairly blamed for the Apocalypse for the rest of her life. Now that sheâ€™s been raped by the whole country, any aftermath is going to be the public shaming and questioning and hounding of a rape survivor. Just.Canâ€™t.Stand.It.
Oh please, give it a rest. The media hounded Obama for weeks about Rev Wright until they found the American public broadly couldn’t care less. They hounded him about a bloody Americna flag lapel, they hounded him about the stupid “elitist” comments as if that is the only thing that mattered. At a time when the American economy is going down the pan and the war in Iraq, that Hillary Clinton was for before she was against it, is dragging them down – they tried their best to paint him as the unpatriotic black man.
And I won’t even go into the ABC debate that provoked such a furore because the interviewers kept asking Obama about Wright and his patriotism. And the media are biased towards him? Wtf?
Hell, she won Virginia handily thanks to the naked racism everywhere in the state.
But unlike some, I’m not playing a zero-sum game here. I accept that Clinton has faced tons of sexism in this race in the media. But to think as if it was instigated by Obama against Clinton is pure fantasy. Its not just fantasy… its pathetic delusion.
All props to Clinton, she ran a tough campaign and nearly wrapped up the whole thing except that Obama was better organised in the Caucus states and his team planned way ahead. Oh and they used the web better. Oh and they were a tighter team while hers fell apart repeatedly. Oh and he managed to respond to potentially fatal controversies well. She responded to the fake ‘Bosnia under-fire’ story a week later. But no, let’s not mention that!
As Arianna Huffington pointed out recently, Clinton has already raised the bar for women politicians in America and for that she’s already gone down in history. Clinton’s annoying now because she is still trying to play the race card (“look, I’ll win the electoral college in the red-neck states”) instead of playing by the rules (delegate count anyone?). And for that she cannot escape criticism.
But oh no. Instead of giving a black man the props for running a tight, well-planned campaign that has the potential to change Democrat fortunes for a generation, some bloody feminists can’t get over their annoyance. Shame.
Update: And now a study agrees with me.
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