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!”