Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Why Men Can’t Vote for a Woman

Howard Stern says every time he thinks about voting for Hillary Clinton he has to talk himself down. He has to remind himself that the only difference between him and her is that he has a penis and she has a vagina. And then he’s OK with voting for a woman.

Where does this angst come from?

Mostly mother hatred, Stern says.

Men usually go one of two ways. They feel burdened by their overbearing mother who demanded mind reading and constant hyper-vigilance. Or they’re angry at their mothers who ignored them. “So they want to bash some woman’s head in,” Stern says.

Nah, I don’t hate women, I hate THIS woman, most guys say.

That, to me, reads much like the woman “made me do it” school of domestic abuse.

It’s the anger at Hillary that really is unjustified and troubling.

It’s the assumption that she’s faulted, somehow a lying “bitch,” some might say, that is troubling.

If you hate this woman, this most symbolic of women in our public life, you have to stop and and do this genital check.

Then really look at the situation.

If you disagree with Hillary because you’re angry her husband supported NAFTA, fine.

If you really believe that the road to total health coverage is by giving up the idea of everyone being covered, fine. If you hate the idea of everyone having health care, fine.

If you opposed her vote on Iraq, fine. Just don’t compare views on Iraq with the Obama of 2002 only. Also compare them from 2004 on when he and Hillary voted identically.

What I mean is: you can be opposed to Hillary politically. Fine.

But if you’re angry, you might want to ask yourself whom you are really angry at.


Blogger Shikatsu said...

I'm angry at Hillary for voting for the Iraq war in 2003 while Obama, who could not have POSSIBLY had access to more intelligence than she given her undoubtedly extensive connections, called it out for exactly what it was.

Obama and her voted Identically, not because they both supported the war, but because while Obama had opposed starting the war, he didn't believe in sending our troops abroad and then stranding them with no funding. A contrary vote at that time wouldn't have stopped it, it only would have made things more miserable for the armed forces; the Bush administration's priorities were clear enough to discern that. Clinton campers are always trying to skew that.

I'm ALSO angry at Hillary for being a political coward and not showing up to vote on a HUGE issue like Telecom immunity.

Maybe if you're NOT angry, you should be asking yourself why the hell not?

3:27 PM  
Blogger Janet Hardy said...

Not angry. Just completely dubious that she can beat McCain.

If someone else wins the Republican nomination I'll reconsider. I really see very little difference between her and Obama politically; they're both a lot more moderate than I'd wish. I'm just willing to vote for (almost) anybody I think can get the Republicans out of there, and I don't think she can do it -- for a whole lot of reasons: her association with Bill, her gender, her affect. But I think McCain is a frighteningly strong candidate and I don't think she can beat him and I think maybe Obama can.

1:16 PM  

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