Posted by Charity on August 28th, 2008

Yesterday, the headline on the Burlington Free Press read, “Clinton hails unity,” the subheading, “Tells supporters election is not about her.”

The thing is, I think that for many of her supporters, the election never was about her. It was about them. It was about us. Women.

Heck, even my mother-in-law was going to vote for Hillary Clinton. I doubt if my mother-in-law ever voted for a Democrat in her entire life.

But this was not about voting for a Democrat; this was about electing the first woman president.

Even I had moments of weakness where I secretly wanted to cast a ballot for the first woman president, even if her policies would have been a disaster. (There’s nothing that can’t be fixed, right?)

Instead of watching Hillary Clinton make history by breaking the ultimate gender barrier, women watched history’s most public, most significant example of what women have endured since the beginning of civilization – a woman was passed over for a less qualified man.

In her speech, Hillary noted,

My mother was born before women could vote. But in this election my daughter got to vote for her mother for President.

Only, she didn’t. I mean, she did get to cast a vote for her mother in the Democratic primary, but not when it really matters, in the general election.

Instead, she witnessed everything her mother worked for being handed to a younger, inexperienced, less capable man, while the media made a sexist mockery of her mother’s campaign.

Hillary tried to rally her supporters to vote for Obama by laying out the common causes of the Democratic voters. If those issues are the most important issues to fight for, then Obama is the man. Just tell the little women to be quiet and go along, for unity’s sake.

But not all women fight for those issues. I certainly don’t. My mother-in-law doesn’t either.

For me, women’s issues are not abortion at any age, at any stage of pregnancy, state-run education from birth-to-adulthood, or even government-funded health care.

My women’s issues are things like rolling back the red tape that prohibits women from starting at-home businesses, stopping the expansion of public school into the pre-school years, and giving parents more power over their children’s education.

Regardless of the issues a woman supports, she still feels the sting from “the continued and accepted role of sexism in American life.” And seeing Hillary’s candidacy beat up and left for dead was still a painful sight to behold for all women who wanted to see this country’s first woman president.

10 Responses to “A Woman for President”

  1. Jeez, I’m starting to feel bad for making you ride in the backseat during family outings! :)

    Seriously, this is a great and insightful post.
    Obama’s nomination may have hurt the democrats’ chances. These baby-boomer feminists are mad about seeing their ’sister’ in the cause losing this way.
    It’s the lot of liberals though, there’s always a more fashionable protected class to love and faun over. The race baiters, like Al and Jesse, are REALLY not going to take it well when they’re time in the limelight is over!

  2. What the heck does “losing this way” mean anyways?? Hillary lost…it’s over…people lose nomination fights all the time. Me-thinks that a lot of this is faux-anger in an attempt to get women to vote for McSame. You want to see someone that’s “less qualified” to be President?? Just look at McSame’s new running-mate…please…

  3. McCain’s running mate is not running for president, last I checked.

    This wasn’t faux-anger; this was my genuine feelings. What makes you think that just because I am a conservative, I like seeing another woman treated like crap?

  4. “McCain’s running mate is not running for president”

    No, she’s just going to take over for McSame when he keels over in office…come on now. All the months of attacks on Obama for being “inexperienced” are to be forgotten now?? This woman only has 6 years as mayor of a small town and less than 2 years as governor of AK of all places…it’s a joke! And to think that I thought that Obama was maybe pushing it with 8 years in the IL state Senate & 4 years in the U.S. Senate. She is in no way, shape, or form qualified to be President, and they’ve only spoken once on the phone before he picked her…it’s ridiculous! She’s had more experience FISHING than she does in public office. Executive experience is fine, but you have to have had REAL executive experience for it to mean anything. When was the last time that anything happened of any national importance in AK??

    This is just a stab in the dark to try and grab some disaffected, former Hillary supporters, and it won’t work because the vast majority of them aren’t going to vote for a woman that doesn’t believe in abortion rights.

    We’ve been over this Hillary thing a loooong time ago Charity…you wouldn’t even entertain the idea of voting for her because of her stance on issues even though she was a woman, which is fine by me. You can’t come back months & months later and say that she was “treated like crap”…come on…

  5. To Mister Guy,
    Obama has 4 years in the U.S. Senate, you say? Sorry, but by no stretch of the imagination is that true. Before beginning his campaign for the presidency, he spent a grand total of just under 150 days in the Senate. After that, he was a part-timer at best.

    Try again.

  6. Sure, that’s why he’s cast over 1,100 votes in the Senate…keep spinning & enjoy that former local AK sportscaster that’s on your GOP ticket now…lol…

  7. You know, Mr. Guy, Sarah Palin is CURRENTLY the governor of one of the 50 states. So why do people like you (and Barack Obama) keep referring to her as former sportscaster or former mayor of a small town? Do you do that with Obama? With McCain? Why must you belittle her? Why not stick to the issues instead of trying to paint her as just a pretty face with no capabilities?

    Actually, keep it up. It’s time that the left was exposed for being complete hypocrites when it comes to their views of women.

  8. “So why do people like you (and Barack Obama) keep referring to her as former sportscaster or former mayor of a small town?”

    Because she is…that’s a *larger part* of her background than being Governor of AK for less than 2 years.

    “Why not stick to the issues instead of trying to paint her as just a pretty face with no capabilities?”

    Did I say that she had a pretty face?? The “issue” with her is that she is no way, shape, or form qualified to be President, period. If the Dems picked a candidate with so little experience in public policy & govt….you can be sure that experience would have been a huge issue…why is Palin getting a pass on that with you guys??

    “It’s time that the left was exposed for being complete hypocrites when it comes to their views of women.”

    You can try and lump me in with the liberal bloggers on this one, but that shoe is not going to fit. Women need to be judged on the same playing field as men. I voted for Hillary primarily because I thought that she was more qualified to be President than Obama. That “experience” issue obviously wasn’t as important to people in both the primary & the general election campaigns. Let’s face it…it’s desperation time for McSame…he & his campaign know that they are doomed if they don’t shake this race up…

  9. “That “experience” issue obviously wasn’t as important to people in both the primary & the general election campaigns.”

    Yet it is when it comes to Gov. Palin. Funny how that works.

    This pick wasn’t about desperation. There has been an active campaign to get McCain to pick Palin and she was the obvious choice from the list of potential picks because she reflects McCain’s campaign theme of challenging the establishment, of being a maverick, if you will.

    The only desperation is that of the left in their attempt to throw whatever garbage they can find to see what sticks. It’s pathetic.

    You are right about it being desperation time, but it’s not for McCain.

  10. “Yet it is when it comes to Gov. Palin. Funny how that works.”

    Let’s face facts here. Whether you & I like it or not, Obama has been almost complete & fully vetted on the issue of “experience” through the political process that we’ve gone through so far this year. I understand that the Right will continually bring up how they think that he isn’t “ready” to be President, but that strategy has been tried and failed already before.

    Obama picking Biden means that his polling was showing that he needed someone with more “experience” than he did on his ticket, but picking Biden (someone with basically only Senate experience…just like McSame) undercuts his “change” message by picking a Washington insider. McSame had to obviously pick someone younger than him, but picking Palin only undercuts his message than Obama isn’t “experienced” enough to be President. Obama’s message that resume experience is not as important as judgement has resonated this year because the Washington insiders (like Biden & McSame) have gotten all kinds of important decisions wrong…like Iraq for one. The candidate that fully embraces and represents real change from the horrible status-quo that we have right now will win easily in Novemeber IMO.

    “There has been an active campaign to get McCain to pick Palin and she was the obvious choice from the list of potential picks because she reflects McCain’s campaign theme of challenging the establishment, of being a maverick, if you will.”

    The idea that McSame was ever a “maverick” or that Palin was the most & best qualified person on the list of potential VPs for McSame is a complete farce, period.