By Kyle | June 7, 2008
I wrote on April 20 that with Hillary’s defeat would come lots of people blaming misogyny. Bt is hating Hillary the same thing as hating women? I remember seeing a poll that had her winning West Virginia with something like two-thirds of the vote–yet only 51 percent of the electorate described her as “honest.” You would think honesty would be a necessary yet far from sufficient quality in a candidate.
What this Judith Warner piece in the Times says about Hillary implies a disturbing lack of ability to detect the difference between hatred and jokes. The group “Citizens United Not Timid,” for instance, which Warner thinks is an example of a hate-filled climate, was a joke group with one member that existed solely because its wacky founder (a Republican operative, Roger Stone, who is not taken seriously by even his own party) thought its acronym was funny. The same with Tucker Carlson’s comment about his castration anxiety about Hillary, the same with “iron my shirts.” All of these commenters were trying to get a laugh. A sort of meta-analysis of Warner’s column might conclude that it contains strong circumstantial evidence that feminists are (literally) without a sense of humor. For the party that has made Bush jokes a 24/7 industry, it seems pretty amazing that they thought they could field Hillary Rodham Clinton as a candidate and never suffer a jibe. Of course, if Obama had lost, racism would have been blamed. Democrats can’t view anything without the lens of identity politics. It would be too obvious to point out that neither Obama nor Clinton would have come close to being the Democrats’ nominee if it hadn’t been for the race of the utterly undistinguished half-term senator from Illinois or the ex-first-lady status of the undistinguished second-term senator from New York respectively.
If you want some laugh lines, read the commenters to Warner’s piece, including one who is outraged that Hillary is referred to as Hillary (which is exactly how Mrs. Clinton’s campaign wants it; ever notice that her campaign placards say “Hillary”? She was trying to distance herself from her husband, whose awfulness is no longer seriously disputed).