Chromosomally Challenged?

From the Washington Post:

Two new books on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York offer fresh and often critical portraits of the Democratic presidential candidate that depict a tortured relationship with her husband and her past and challenge the image she has presented on the campaign trail.

The Hillary Clinton who emerges from the pages of the books comes across as a complicated, sometimes compromised figure who tolerated Bill Clinton’s brazen infidelity, pursued her policy and political goals with methodical drive, and occasionally skirted along the edge of the truth along the way. The books portray her as alternately brilliant and controlling, ambitious and victimized.

Excuse me for asking an obvious question, but why do I get the feeling that they wouldn’t be making such a big deal about these books and the portrait they paint of Senator Clinton if she was a man?

After all, Rudy Giuliani has had a “tortured relationship” with his spouses (“circus-like” might be a more apt description), Mitt Romney has pursued his political goals with methodical drive — and adjusted his positions accordingly — and every presidential candidate out there has “occasionally skirted along the edge of the truth.” But only Hillary Clinton comes under this scrutiny, and I can’t help but think that her gender plays a big role in this.

If they were describing the average male as “alternately brilliant and controlling,” those traits would be considered as assets; here’s a guy who knows how to get things done. But let a woman show that she understands what it takes to be a leader and suddenly she’s all freaky and controlling.

Grow the hell up, people.

Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.



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5 responses to “Chromosomally Challenged?

  1. I have to say, much as Hillary is not my favorite candidate, I must admire the fact that she has managed to keep her unfavorables under 50% given the amount of shit she has had thrown at her nonstop for the last 15+ years. She’s got political skills, no question.

  2. Grow the hell up, people.

    Amen, brother.

  3. I’m not so sure that it is fair to say that Senator Clinton gets an unfair amount of criticism because she is a woman. It seems to me that Rudy Guliani, who I also don’t like, gets similar flack.

    Is Hillary a skillful politician? Hard to say. She is married to one of the most skillful politicians of my lifetime, and that has helped her. Pat Moynihan, who was genuinely popular, personally squired her first run was also helpful, and she has been lucky in her opponents, to say the least.

    I hope she gets blown out, I really do. It seems to me that she is just about the only Democrat that could lose. That said, it seems to me that whining about unfair treatment because she is a woman helps nobody.

  4. I don’t like Hillary Clinton The Candidate. HCTC is too compromising, too willing to abandon positions, listens too much to Democratic consultants, may their memory be erased from the earth.

    But Hillary Clinton? She’s great. She’s amazing. As has been said, she’s managed to be a very successful and popular Senator in spite of all the nonsense thrown her way.

    Her continued presence and success in American political life is so infuriating to her political opponents, and they waste resources trying to ruin her that would be much better spent on other people. I don’t know if she’ll get the Dem nomination – I’m not planning on voting for her – but the debt of gratitude that the progressive movement owes her increases every time these wingnut maniacs spend their people, money and time publishing hit pieces on her instead of going after people who might actually be affected by it.

  5. amish451

    Democratic consultants, may their memory be erased from …

    And the Dem leadership seems to still be listening to and paying these pathetic losers, will anyone please ‘splain that to me …

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