Does Hillary Clinton have to play the gender card to get to the White House?
Now that Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox is officially out in the book stores and online, and since many of the essayists are regular contributors here at The Broad Side, we thought we’d give our readers little bites of the essays through the month of November. If you like what you’re reading here from your favorite – or new- writers, please consider supporting us by purchasing a copy. Believe us, whether you ‘love Hillary or love her not’, there is plenty of thoughtful, fun and interesting writing here you won’t want to miss.
Today, an appetizer from Estelle Erasmus’ essay, “Is ‘Too Small to Fail’ Hillary’s Failsafe Way to the White House?”:
Amidst the detritus of Hillary’s spectacular failure to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 was her absolute resolve to not use her gender as a political scythe and her desire not to be viewed through any sort of gender lens at all.
But Hillary’s gender, pundits say, is exactly what must be used as a key element of her strategy for a 2016 White House run.
In a 2014 New York Times article, Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist, told the group Ready for Hillary that, “being a woman translates into great politics.” If that’s true, what can Hillary do to capitalize on that perceived “woman” advantage in 2016 that wasn’t there in 2008?
The answer is this: her dedication to advocating for women and children at home and abroad, a topic that has yet to be as boldly embraced by any prior presidential candidate, but that could resonate with women voters who decided the outcome of the 2012 presidential race, and have voted in larger numbers than men since 1980. The good news for Hillary is that she has always had an interest in early education, so focusing on these issues will be natural for her.
To read more of Estelle’s essay and 27 others, pick up a copy of Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, an Amazon #1 New Release, from your local bookstore or preferred online bookseller. #hillaryparadoxbook