Recently, it was announced Hillary Clinton would be writing a memoir about the 2016 Presidential election. And, surprisingly, it’s not going to focus on the fact her campaign made Pat Paulsen look like Ronald Reagan, circa 1984. Instead, it’s going to focus on Russia, James Comey, and, get this, misogyny. Since the Russia and Comey angles have been discussed so often PETA is protesting the news coverage after the dead horse has been beaten, I’m going to focus on the misogyny claim for a bit.
Mrs. Clinton, maybe you weren’t watching the same campaign I was, but you were tossed so many softballs the stock price for Nerf skyrocketed when you talked to the press. And by “press” I mean your lapdog reporters hanging on your every word and deflecting any bad news away from you. I swear Andrea Mitchell was a few drinks away from going all Brokeback Mountain on you.
If anything, Mrs. Clinton has it pretty easy. Take the homebrew email server scandal, for example. When the press weren’t ignoring the implications of a Presidential candidate eliminating emails requested by
Congress to determine whether she broke the law, they were making excuses that would make a five year old look mature. Yes, I know previous Secretaries of State used private emails for State Department business, but it wasn’t illegal until 2009. Now, tell me when you became Secretary of State again…
Regardless, it’s hard for me to believe misogyny played a role in the Clinton campaign’s failure to capture the White House last year. When you look at all the females who supported her, ranging from celebrities to average folks, the fact women came out in droves for Hillary cannot be discounted. If the campaign was the victim of misogyny, female celebrities would be scared to come forward in support of Hillary out of fear of retribution. Since that doesn’t happen (except to Hollywood conservatives), blaming the 2016 Presidential loss on misogyny is laughable.
What isn’t so laughable is how quickly Hillary is playing the woman card again after it failed to work in 2016. Look, you weren’t entitled to be President because you’re a woman. In fact, you weren’t even entitled to it because you lived there for 8 years as First Lady. You have to earn the position, and you can’t do that when you’re looking for misogyny under every polling number. If you want to see real misogyny, ask your husband for some examples. I’m sure his little black filing cabinet is full of them, among other sundry items not suitable for public knowledge.
Granted, Donald Trump has a bit of a history with mistreating women, either directly or by not treating them as well as they could be. Even so, that doesn’t mean the press and campaign swung to his side. If anything, Trump was taken to task for every misstep, every vaguely insulting comment, every ill-advised Tweet that could be turned into an attack on women. When you look at the media coverage of Trump’s comments about some women and compare it to the homebrew server story, the former used more ink than an octopus family reunion. And which one actually mattered more? The email server story by a country mile. What Trump said (or at least what he was said to have said) was vulgar. What Hillary did was illegal.
So, you’ll excuse me if I don’t buy into the notion The Man kept you down, Hillary, and I won’t buy your book. However, in the spirit of bipartisanship and no hard feelings, let me offer you a title for your book.
How does I Got Beat By a Reality TV Show Host and All I Got Was This Lousy Book Deal grab you?