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Elaine Showalter's Pilloried Clinton

The Times Literary Supplement lead article for this week is available to all readers and I hope many women at least read it: Showalter reveals the intense misogyny Hillary Clinton has had to face all her working life and what in the US context an effective courageous mostly progressive woman she has been much of her life.


I would say that we women and I hope some men will and should vote for Clinton because she's a woman progressive, with the accent on woman, the way black Americans and a few white Americans voted for Obama precisely because he is black. I wept when Obama was nominated, was partly for him because he was black and presented this intelligent, compassionate progressive enlightened vision. He was unable to pass most of what he wanted because from the time of holding office the Republican opposition decided no matter what he presented they would thwart him -- because he is black. And like Clinton, he is not as progressive or leftist as Bernie Sanders.

But she is a woman and a well-meaning good one. Showalter's article shows us why we must vote for her because she's a woman.

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Nov. 2nd, 2016 12:04 pm (UTC)
Voting for a woman as a woman
A friend: "I actually would not vote for any woman: Teresa May is a good example. I will vote for Clinton: actually I have in early voting, because she is the best candidate, if that needs to be said. The Showalter article was good: much is being articulated in this campaign cycle that wasn't in 2008. I remember Clinton ceaselessly accused of ambition during that primary, a form of mud slinging. No male candidate had to face that. I do give her credit for getting through this ordeal, and it's not over yet."
Nov. 2nd, 2016 12:07 pm (UTC)
Voting for a woman as a woman
On Teresa May, the LRB led with an article in the latest issue which suggested that May's long time in the home office and her character, which are partly the result of her being a woman, has led to her being, becoming a kind of Tory we've not seen since the 1950s: the word "protectionist" is a modern one for paternalism - which is maternalism in her case.

It's been made publicly available too:

Nov. 2nd, 2016 12:18 pm (UTC)
FBI now openly partisan
This morning it has become apparent the FBI is taking an openly partisan stance --that's why this release of email records of the husband of a woman who worked for her. Anything will do to create suspicion: it reminds me of Nixon in the 1940s talking suspiciously of papers he found in a pumpkin that it was implied were communist. The man lost against Nixon.

Now the FBI releases records on Bill Clinton. They have opened a twitter account to spew out praise for Trump and attack both Clintons. They don't want a Clinton presidency again and Comey is at the head of this. I remember that Bill Clinton raised the tax rate on the wealthy -- Bush fils put it down again very quickly. Bill Clinton was also like Obama a very reluctant warrior.

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