Honey, maybe she just wasn’t a very good candidate?

Before I go any further, let me put my own cards on the table. The destruction of Hillary Clinton, I firmly believe, while propelled by a perfect storm of sexism, partisan politics and media madness, was bookended by two immensely powerful assaults. One was the inappropriate, inaccurate and inflammatory interference in the general election by FBI director James Comey. The other occurred much earlier, during the primaries, but its consequences are felt even today. I know I will make some of my younger feminist colleagues (and other left leaners) furious, which was distressing to me then, and still is.

These people, in so many ways, are my natural colleagues, and most are as upset as I am by Trump’s victory. But they played a big role in the thin edge (not a landslide, as Trump would have us believe) that gave Trump the election. For while Trump supporters hooted and cheered for their candidate, forgiving him every lie, every crime, every bit of disgusting behaviour, too many young Democrats made it very clear (in newspaper and internet interviews, in polls, and in the mainstream media) that they were only voting for Hillary Clinton as the lesser of two evils, “holding their noses”, tears still streaming down their faces over the primary defeat of the person they felt truly deserved their votes. Some didn’t vote at all. And as much as I am in agreement with many of his ideas, Bernie Sanders splintered and ultimately sabotaged the Democratic party – not because he chose to run against Hillary Clinton, but because of how he ran against her.

It was her election to lose. And she lost it. Because she’s a bad candidate.

This is quite apart from the PJ O’Rourke-like observation that she reminded everyone of their first mother in law.

And as for the sexism….well, sorry, I know a bit about all three societies, Germany, UK and US. And I’ve not noted that any of the three of them are any more, or less, sexist than the others. Britain is currently on its second female Prime Minister, Germany’s been ruled by Merkel for what, a decade now?

In short, the issue wasn’t “woman” it was “this woman.”

Which is, of course, as it should be.

The rest of the screed can be read as “That Bernie, he actually ran against her! The bastard!”

27 comments on “Honey, maybe she just wasn’t a very good candidate?

  1. Good lord, are they talking about this still?

    It’s almost as if they think running on a platform that has the potential to alienate all male voters with its sense of entitledness is a good idea.

    As an aside, yesterday I was cut up entering the motorway by a Mercedes with a Hilary bumper sticker. I followed him (‘cos it was a he) for five miles and saw the worst driving outside a Nissan micra ever witnessed on the M27.

  2. “…too many young Democrats made it very clear (in newspaper and internet interviews, in polls, and in the mainstream media) that they were only voting for Hillary Clinton as the lesser of two evils, “holding their noses”, tears still streaming down their faces over the primary defeat of the person they felt truly deserved their votes.”

    How very DARE they think that they have a choice of vote on this?

  3. A significant number of Republicans held their noses to vote for Trump. Indeed, almost all of the scrutiny of him came from GOP-sympathetic journalists because for a long while he was useful to the Democrats as the candidate who was, amusingly, laying waste to the apparently more plausible Republican challengers, while Hillary stood in the wings smirking and awaiting her coronation. They still can’t believe what happened. They remind me of people caught too close to an explosion, wandering around concussed. But eventually even people who’ve had half a house come down on them recover – this is obviously worse than that!

  4. “The rest of the screed can be read as “That Bernie, he actually ran against her! The bastard!”

    Yes its as if Susan’s freestyling the narrative to resolve her cognitive dissonance.

    ‘Hmmm even the people i’ve been lecturing to in women’s studies don’t agree with my choice. I’ll selectively pick a quote … “She’s a white lady” from one of them. Yeah ok i can go with that, the ideal candidate would be brown and from the streets, so right then who did they choose?… a white man? What!? Wait a second here.. yup got it I knew it… QED.. millennial feminists ain’t as enlightened as me even though i’ve been teaching them all they need to know.’

    It’s a bit embarrassing.

  5. Deep joy! Such wondrous levels of delusion.

    These people would rather blame Mike Pence’s dog than see where the fault really lies.

  6. “Susan Bordo is the author of The Destruction of Hillary Clinton. She is the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky, where she is a professor of gender and women’s studies”

  7. “If Le Pen isn’t elected French President it be entirely due to misogyny and sexism”

    ….and ignorant bias against dynastic political ambition

  8. She was the most corrupt, crap establishment candidate I can remember standing for election.
    That she and her supporters thought she would be handed the presidency on a platter just goes to show how deluded the femminists across the Pond have become.
    Blinkered & Holding their noses, only scratch the surface of those that voted for her.

  9. Overt sexism in Germany is certainly verboten, but my experience may not be atypical. On assignment to the German HQ of a British tech company, I spent the first day being introduced to the local team and the various managers we would be dealing with. On return to my hotel, it suddenly stuck me that during the day I’d met exactly three women – two were PAs for senior managers and one was an in-house security consultant from the UK head office.

    It’s true that women are far from numerous in highly technical IT positions even in the UK (for perfectly valid reasons, IMHO), but I haven’t encountered such an extreme imbalance over here. If I’d suggested to any of our German colleagues that they might be a bit sexist, they’d have been most offended.

  10. “It’s true that women are far from numerous in highly technical IT positions even in the UK (for perfectly valid reasons, IMHO), but I haven’t encountered such an extreme imbalance over here. If I’d suggested to any of our German colleagues that they might be a bit sexist, they’d have been most offended.”

    Maybe the Germans just promote the most capable candidate regardless of gender? Rather than having some quota of females that have to be in place even if they aren’t the best for the job?

  11. Clinton is one of the most corrupt and evil women ever to have lived.

    The disgrace is that she got as many votes as she did.

  12. And re Clinton, I don’t remember the feminists getting behind Sarah Palin because she was a woman. In fact they tore her to shreds, because she was the wrong sort of woman, one from the Right.

  13. Chris Miller;

    Yes, I agree that there is a dearth of higher-up women in German businesses, but nobody seems to care, least of all the women themselves. And the German men don’t complain about the women who are their higher-ups in the same way that British men do, although maybe I don’t notice since my German sucks.

  14. “One was the inappropriate, inaccurate and inflammatory interference in the general election by FBI director James Comey”

    I thought Comey was back “on side” now he’s looking in to Trump?

  15. Israel had a woman prime minister in 1969. The UK had one in 1979. Pakistan had a woman prime minister in 1988. Pakistan! A country where it’s so bad to be a girl, you get the Nobel prize and shot just for suggesting girls get an education.

    Is she seriously suggesting that the US now is more sexist than Israel in the 60’s, the UK in the 70’s or Pakistan in the 80’s?

  16. Good lord, are they talking about this still?

    Next week: Caligula’s murder.

    they were only voting for Hillary Clinton as the lesser of two evils, “holding their noses”, tears still streaming down their faces

    Get a fucking life you useless drama queens. Nothing quite says “pampered upbringing” quite like this being the worst thing that has ever happened to them.

    She is the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky, where she is a professor of gender and women’s studies

    Not exactly Bertrand Russell then.

  17. There is still a strong culture of mother staying at home to raise children in Germany, with a dearth of kid care provisions.

    It could explain the lack of women managers. I think it is changing, but only recently.

    The dems are fvcked anyway, if they still believe that that loser Sanders would have defeated Trump.

    Clinton is/was disgusting but it doesn’t make sanders any less of a loser.

  18. ‘The destruction of Hillary Clinton, I firmly believe, while propelled by a perfect storm of sexism, partisan politics and media madness’

    Sexism? How? What?

    Partisan politics? In an election? OH MY!

    Media madness? Media supported her 100%.

    The perfect storm of a bright, sunny day.

    Hillary was correct, her server is just a witch hunt by the “vast rightwing conspiracy,” Bordo says. Bizarre delusion is the medical term.

  19. Have people given up mentioning that if the DNC hadn’t rigged things in Hellary’s favour then Sanders might have been their candidate and might conceivably have beaten Trump?

    Maybe the DNC was secretly sexist and was out to organise a humiliating defeat for Hellary. That must be it!

  20. “She was the most corrupt, crap establishment candidate I can remember standing for election.

    That she and her supporters thought she would be handed the presidency on a platter just goes to show how deluded the femminists across the Pond have become.”

    She probably did more to damage a woman being president than anyone because the feminists, lefties, media all backed her despite the fact that she had a walk-in closet of skeletons.

    One thing to note, though: no-one’s elected a woman that the feminists like. Thatcher, May, Merkel are all broadly speaking on the Conservative side of the line, don’t make a big deal out of being women. Left women don’t seem to make it. Socialists here are constantly screeching about sexist tories, but they’ve never even elected a woman Labour leader.

    That said, women in US politics seem to be pretty fucking awful. Pelosi, Warren, Albright, Palin, Clinton. Condi Rice would make a very good president, but that’s about it.

  21. “Sanders often boasted about the importance of the issues rather than individuals, of not playing dirty politics or running nasty ads in his campaign. And it’s certainly true that he didn’t slime Hillary by bringing Bill’s sexual accusers forward…”

    Oh that! When the president molested women and his wife led all the feminists in throwing those women under a bus. Do you think maybe you feminists lost your political clout right there and then?

  22. I don’t loathe Hillary as much as some seem to (Breadline Bernie is a different matter). But that sequence of her collapsing, being carried to her daughter’s, and then reappearing in triumph in front of the cameras to be hugged ‘spontaneously’ by a small child was like something out of a badly written political thriller.

    It was just nauseating to see her celebrity toadies praising her for it as well. However bad Trump gets, Hillary will never be good.

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