Monday, June 18, 2007

Feminists Dub Themselves "Hillary Resisters"

"Many of the very same feminists who were her most ardent supporters as First Lady are now fiercely opposed to her historic bid to become the first female President of the United States. The woman once described by Susan Faludi as a symbol of "the joy of female independence" now evokes ambivalence, disdain and, sometimes, outright vitriol. The right wing's favorite "femi-nazi" now has to contend with Jane Fonda comparing her to "a ventriloquist for the patriarchy with a skirt and a vagina."

So what's up with the Hillary-bashing? "Women don't trust Hillary. They see her as an opportunist; many feel betrayed by her," wrote Susan Douglas in a May In These Times article titled "Why Women Hate Hillary." A month later, in her Newsweek column, Anna Quindlen declared, "The truth is that Senator Clinton has a woman problem." (source)

Everyone keeps saying that Hillary has the DNC nomination locked up...but if Obama is taking the African American vote, if the Blue-Dog Dems don't like Hillary and the feminists are even turning against her it seems unlikely even with the political clout enjoyed by the Clintons... Strange though, all these people bashing her (the Kos Kids and HuffPo at the top of the heap) and she still lead the latest Zogby poll with a 23 pt. lead over Obama. So are people just saying they aren't voting for her to slow off the opposition researchers...?

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