Late last night I watched the video below about Clinton supporters who plan to actively campaign against Barack Obama as the nominee, and vote for John McCain:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADh18AP1vQM
Color me perplexed as to the reasoning from these women… One of their primary reasons is the sexism that Clinton has weathered during the campaign. But why on Earth, I have to ask would these women want to vote for a man who is reported to have called his wife the C word?
There is no doubt that the sexism has been rampant through out this election season. But I can’t help but feeling that these women threatening to vote for McCain are missing the bigger picture. As Hillary Clinton herself has said recently:
“Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world with the other than they do with John McCain.”
Feminist author Erica Jong has written much about the sexism Hillary Clinton has confronted through put this election cycle. Today in the HuffPo, Jong says:
I totally understand Obamamania–and I also get the frustration of voters who wanted this to be the year we broke through the glass ceiling for women.
But let’s get real. It’s time for Democrats to put all personal bias aside and unite behind the things we believe in: a planet we can live on, reproductive choice, workers rights, health care for all, education for poor and middle class students, fair taxes, a Constitution made whole, rescuing America from war profiteers — if indeed there is still time.
It’s already very late. It’s too late for quarrels about whether race or gender is more restricting. It’s too late for prognostications about a future presidency we won’t know until it has unfolded. Remember so-called compassionate conservatism? It turned out to be neither compassionate nor conservative. Why anybody believes election slogans mystifies me. But we do know this: a landslide for Democrats will change the direction of this country. So let’s join forces to make it happen–and let’s start now.
Yes, Erica, “let’s start now.” Like me, Jong says she doesn’t “believe that passionate Hillary supporters will vote for McCain in fits of pique.”
“I sure won’t,” says Jong. Neither will I. And backing up what Clinton said recently about she and Obama having more in common politically that Clinton and McCain, Jong notes:
The truth is that Obama and Clinton are so similar politically that without generational and gender differences they’d be indistinguishable.
I’ve urged here many times that we must come together and support the nominee. I’ve noted that Hillary Clinton herself has said this on many occassion.
Ladies… We all know the sexism crap sucks and it hits those of us who have been on the receiving end of similar sexism, right in the core of our being. But let’s get real… voting for John McCain in protest, is not the answer to Hillary not winning the nomination. It’s self-defeatist and it simply reinforces the idea that men can get away with calling their wives vile sexist names.