I’m a swing voter, early voting has already started, and I’m not yet sure who I’m going to vote for. In a previous post, I’m a Swing Voter: I’m Older, Wiser and Resent Baby Boomers I shared that I’ve been a Democrat since I was 18 and had the privilege of voting for Bill Clinton. I’ve since voted for women and Democrats, never questioning my political stance. I’ve written gobs of blogs and editorials defending and promoting my position.
But this year, I’m older and wiser and I have more real life experience.
In addition to my wisdom, I realize that I am pissed off at Democratic women and feel a pull to vote against them.
Smooth Talking Basketball Player
Essentially, I feel betrayed by the fact that Democratic women voted for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. It’s been four years and I guess I’m still not over it. I feel that Democratic women betrayed women, feminist ideals, progress and equality by passing on the opportunity to vote for a well-qualified woman candidate. I don’t think it was very feminist of them.
They basically bought us, most likely, at least another eight years with the possibility of and indefinite period of time of the same old patriarchy, which they claim to hate, by voting for Obama. Surprise, surprise, no women on the ticket in 2012. Wait, how many years were in between Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton? Yeah, forever.
I think they chose the guy over the girl because he’s a smooth talking, hottie, basketball player. Just like in high school. The guy had no experience to speak of. No relationships with which to leverage any clout in congress. Zero international diplomacy experience. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. He’s cute. And they thought his smooth talking charm would win him cooperation from congress. Except old Republicans don’t have the hots for smooth, basketball players with law degrees. And I think they did it with the belief that they were choosing some higher ideal, which somehow makes it worse.
Faulty Logic About Women’s Rights
I heard arguments full of faulty assumptions during that election and this one: oh, he’ll improve the conditions of women because he has two daughters and his wife is a professional. Every man who has been in power or poverty since Genesis has had daughters and wives, and loved them, and still traded them like cattle and denied them basic civil rights. George W. Bush’s family looked exactly like this demographically. Not one of them has achieved equal rights for his daughters or wives (though some have made at least some efforts toward it). Obama’s wife also freely admits that she has carried the entire burden of family life, getting help from her mother, to allow him to run off and pursue his ambitions. Which, by the way, women carrying both career and family without spousal support is a major feminist issue. Which is different than every other president, how? Then we have the he’s black so he’ll improve women’s rights because he understands discrimination argument. You mean like when women fought for black suffrage and black men were extended the right to vote, which they did not fight for and extend to women for another hundred years? You mean like that kind of improving women’s rights? It should be noted that Obama has the exact same percentage of women in his cabinet as George W., and his Supreme Court has the exact same number of vaginas.
How has Barack Obama improved the situation for women in this country? Ummmmm. Wait, I’m still thinking . . .
Him, they chose over a woman who had a 30-year career in politics, knew the ropes and was adept in getting what she wanted. She understood how to leverage her power with Congress because she’s already been in that war numerous times. A woman who actually had some real favors built up. A woman as qualified as any woman politician this country has ever seen. A woman who would have, could have, broken through the glass ceiling, just as she made it acceptable for women to wear a pantsuit instead of a dress, if she had Democratic women’s support. A woman who actually would have make women’s progress a real priority in this country. In my opinion, Hillary would not have taken the stale old position — we have to fix the economy first. I have yet to see an economy that didn’t need fixing, which means that women’s issues will always take back seat unless someone prioritizes it. I believe Hillary would have and Democratic Women missed the opportunity to find out.
Still, she was not good enough for Democratic women.
Who are you waiting for? That’s what I’d like to know.
Tune in tomorrow if you care to hear about why I’m, lately, grossed out by Pro-Choice sentiments.