Monday, December 24, 2007

Anti-Hillary sentiment and the facts

Someone named Lisa (Posted by: lisa December 8, 2007 11:29 PM ) doubts the veracity of my remarks concerning popular opposition to Hillary Clinton - which I made reference to in my post on Bill Moyers' blog.

The distrust, dislike and polarizing features of Ms. Clinton's candidacy that I mention in that post, are not only consistent with my own predilections (and those of a camp referred to these days as "A.B.H." or Anyone But Hillary) they are also supported by non-partisan research.

I thought Ms. Clinton's political baggage was self-evident, but I'll share this report from USA Today and Gallup which may help commentators like "Lisa" and others still in denial to see the pervasiveness of said baggage.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/102907/What-Behind-AntiHillary-Sentiment.aspx#2

Note how analyst Jeffrey M. Jones asserts in his subtitle, reasons for Ms. Clinton's negatives...

"Basic dislike, policy disagreements, character concerns commonly mentioned"

Jones also contends that...

"...few candidates have ever begun the campaign with such polarized ratings."

Want more proof? Consider this Harris Poll:

http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=744

So, while I don't care to admit that the Green Bay Packers were trounced yesterday by the Chicago Bears, my wishing it wasn't the case won't change the facts.

What's most unfortunate about some Hillary Supporters (HS), is that they'll routinely attribute criticism of Ms. Clinton to misogyny. What a sad slap in the face to all women in public affairs.

Millions of men like me will vote for a female presidential candidate who shares our views - but unfortunately, Margaret Thatcher (who can't run here anyway due to her birthplace) or the late Jean Kirkpatrick (who can't run for obvious reasons) - plus many other accomplished women with integrity, are not available in this race.

Yet, some HS will respond that most men will only support women if we don't feel "threatened" by them and therefore any women we do admire are sycophants - shrinking violets in need of male pollen. If any HS uttered such insulting nonsense to the face of a woman like those I mentioned above - they'd be well advised to duck.

Sadly, this invective is delivered daily by the same type of people who can't fathom how an African-American like Justice Clarence Thomas holds beliefs at odds with their own - so what do they allege? Well, you know, he's just an Uncle Tom. After hearing that sort of thing, ask yourself - who is the bigot?

Hillary Clinton, official public photo
And as for the gender-card-playing HS, who continue to stereotype reasons for male opposition to Ms. Clinton, please remind me - who is sexist?