Big Tent Democrat has a great piece up on Talk Left quoting Digby on Hillary Clinton’s closing remarks last night and the subject of more debates. Neither Big Tent Democrat or Digby are supporting Hillary as I am, but both have done a fair amount of defending her against the falsehoods and sexist attacks that have been prevalent from the media and sadly, many progressive blogs.
People wonder why I spend so much time defending Hillary Clinton from unfair and sexist attacks in the Media and unfortunately, progressive blogs, including, maybe especially, the A-List blogs. I do not support her. I wish she would not have run and put herself through this. But Digby captures it:
The reasons she didn’t go for the jugular is that she knows it doesn’t work for her and, contrary to popular myth, she won’t do or say anything to win. I know that’s shocking to those of you who are convinced that Clinton is a monster, but it’s true. Her campaign has not been, by any historical standards, a negative or nasty one. She has stated repeatedly, and again last night, that the party would be unified and in light of the fact that she is losing, that remark takes on a different character — she will not turn the Democratic party inside out just for the fun of it or greatly damage the front runner in some quixotic quest for power. (It’s hard to believe that anyone but Ann Coulter would ever believe she would do such a thing, but there you have it.)
Her final comment was gracious and heartfelt . . . This is a person of maturity and depth and one of whom most Democrats in this country are actually quite proud.
It is a shame that progressive blogs have led the charge in demonizing this fine person who has dedicated much of her life to progressive causes. I am not sure I will ever get over what some have written about her. The unfairness, spite, falsehoods, nastiness and sexism demonstrated will be hard to forget. I imagine I am not the only person who feels that way.
While I disagree with Big Tent Democrat about Hillary putting herself through this, because she’s tough and a warrior, I am appalled by the “unfairness, spite, falsehoods, nastiness and sexism demonstrated” in this election cycle by the media, the progressive blogs and members of our party. It will be for “hard to forget” for me as well, and I think hard for many women in this country to forget. Women, who like Hillary Clinton have struggled to climb the ladder to break the glass ceiling only to have the ladder ripped from underneath them at the time when they could do the most good in the world.
Throughout this entire primary race, Hillary Clinton has been at a disadvantage for one simple reason — because she is a woman.