a convenient feminist

Camille Paglia is a serious feminist. As such, she refuses to take Hillary Clinton seriously.

Hillary has tried to have it both ways: to batten on her husband’s nostalgic popularity while simultaneously claiming to be a victim of sexism.

Well, which is it? Are men convenient sugar daddies or condescending oppressors? …

For all her claims of media bias and ill treatment by her male fellow candidates, Hillary has got off absurdly softly in this campaign. No one — neither her rivals nor mainstream journalists — has had the guts to explore or even list the bursting catalogue of past Clinton scandals, in which Hillary was nearly always hip deep. …

Charges of sexism have become Hillary’s rote strategy for evading scrutiny. But by entangling the noble movement of modern feminism with her own knotty psychodrama, Hillary is reinforcing hoary stereotypes about women. Will every losing woman candidate now turn on the waterworks and claim to be maimed by male pride and prejudice?

Contrast Paglia’s assessment with the dippy empowerment schtick proffered by Arianna Huffington and remind me why anyone takes that former cult enabler seriously.

never her fault

When the going gets desperate, the desperate blame the media. And their campaign strategists. And their opponent. And, of course, sexism.

Women felt this was their time, and this has been stolen from them,” said Marilu Sochor, 48, a real estate agent in Columbus, Ohio, and a Clinton supporter. “Sexism has played a really big role in the race.”

Entitled, just like her candidate. Where’s the evidence?

Mrs. Clinton’s supporters point to a nagging series of slights: the fixation on her clothes, even her cleavage; chronic criticism that her voice is shrill; calls for her to exit the race; and most of all, the male commentators in the news media who, they argue, were consistently tougher on her than on Mr. Obama

There was very little focus on her clothes, and fortunately I don’t remember any talk about her cleavage (cue Sideshow Bob shudder). Her voice is shrill, she should exit the race and she should be asked tough questions. Weak arguments, no case.

“When people look at the arc of the campaign, it will be seen that being a woman, in the end, was not a detriment and if anything it was a help to her,” the presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said in an interview. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is faltering, she added, because of “strategic, tactical things that have nothing to do with her being a woman.”

If she wasn’t a woman, would she be getting away with such obvious bullshit?

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is entering the Kentucky and Oregon primaries on Tuesday with one of the most pugnacious political messages of her campaign: That she is ahead in the national popular vote when all votes are counted, including from the unsanctioned primaries in Michigan and Florida, and that party leaders who have a vote as super-delegates should reflect this level of appeal.

This is exactly why she’s losing, and will lose. Now I see Loathsome Bill on TV playing the populist card, dismissing pundits who have dismissed his wife.

They don’t have to worry about filling up their gas tanks, he said, because they have a college degree and a job.

So do you, Bubba — maybe you should follow your own advice and shut up. And since you like hanging out with uneducated factory workers so much, why not move to Akron, or Allentown?

Just get off the stage already.

numbers don’t lie; hillary does

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman, no doubt. But, as Ryan J. Davis proves, voters have been much more amenable to female candidates than African-Americans. Strangely, I haven’t heard Obama whine about that.

There are currently 14 female U.S. senators: Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). There is currently a single African-American senator, Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who is only the third elected since Reconstruction.

There are currently eight female governors in America: Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii), Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.), Janet Napolitano (D-Ariz.), Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.), Kathleen Blanco (D-La.), M. Jodi Rell (R-Conn.), Christine Gregoire (D-Wash.), and Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). There is currently a single African-American governor, Deval Patrick (D-Mass.).

*Blanco is no longer Louisiana’s governor.

it’s a thin line between sexism and truth

Clinton sycophant Taylor Marsh is offended by this statement from Obama: “I understand that Senator Clinton, periodically when she’s feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost her appeal.”

Clumsy verbiage at worst (especially when you consider the source), though Tay-Tay sees it differently:

According to him, we women just can’t handle the stress of the big time. We get depressed, and lash out …”

Especially when a MALE candidate says this: “You challenge the status quo and suddenly the claws come out.”

Seems innocent to me. Maybe I’m just being insensitive. Maybe I require enlightenment from an indignant female:

Senator Hillary Clinton is a woman running for president. Not some emotional menopausal diva popping pills because she’s depressed she broke a nail.

Good thing he didn’t call Hillary shrill. Use it, and you’re automatically branded a misogynist. But what if a woman is, in fact, strident and intemperate? I suppose there’s a sexist connotation, but I’ve yet to find a more appropriate adjective.

And I don’t use it loosely. Dianne Feinstein, for example, is not shrill. Neither is Nancy Pelosi. Hillary is.

noted and quoted, hillary’s gonads edition

The old-guard feminist establishment has also rushed out of cold storage to embrace Hillary Clinton via tremulous manifestoes of gal power that have startlingly exposed the sentimental slackness of thought that made Gloria Steinem and company wear out their welcome in the first place. Hillary’s gonads must be sending out sci-fi rays that paralyze the paleo-feminist mind — because her career, attached to her husband’s flapping coattails, has sure been heavy on striking pious attitudes but ultra-light on concrete achievements.

Camille Paglia