March 5, 2008


Duel of Historical Guilts (Maureen Dowd, 3/05/08, Der Spiegel)

Exit polls have showed that fans of Hillary -- who once said they would be happy with Obama if Hillary dropped out -- were hardening in their opposition to him, while Obama voters were not so harsh about her.

Three Hillary volunteers, older women from Boston, approached a New York Times reporter in an Austin, Texas, parking lot on Tuesday to vent that Hillary hasn't gotten a fair shake from the press. They said that they used to like Obama but now can't stand him because they think he has been cocky and disrespectful to Hillary.

As Hillary, remarkably and cleverly, put Obama on the defensive about a real estate deal, health care and Nafta, her campaign ratcheted up the retro battle of the sexes when they sent Dianne Feinstein onto the Fox News Sunday-morning talk show to promote the idea that Hillary should not be forced out, regardless of the results of Tuesday's primaries, simply because she's a woman.

"For those of us that are part of 'a woman need not apply' generation that goes back to the time I went out to get my first job following college and a year of graduate work, this is an extraordinarily critical race," the senator said.

With Obama saying the hour is upon us to elect a black man and Hillary saying the hour is upon us to elect a woman, the Democratic primary has become the ultimate nightmare of liberal identity politics. All the victimizations go tripping over each other and colliding, a competition of historical guilts.

People will have to choose which of America's sins are greater, and which stain will have to be removed first. Is misogyny worse than racism, or is racism worse than misogyny?

People won't, Democrats will. People will elect John McCain in November, demonstrating that we don't share their guilt.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 5, 2008 8:14 AM

What a bunch of masochists, wallowing in guilt for things they didn't do. Don't they know that is soooo post WWI/WWII?

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 5, 2008 9:07 AM

First of all, the idea that racism and "misogyny" are in any way comparable is abhorrent. "The field slave and his mistress were really both equally oppressed."

Feminism is the white backlash against the civil rights movement.

Second, the idea that misogyny is in any way an American sin is bizarre. Race-based chattel slavery was an American sin. Women were treated at least as well in America as any where else in the world, mostly better, and, when they decided they wanted the entire social structure of civilization up to that point to change; we changed it.

The irony here is that Hillary's problem isn't that Americans are resisting the idea of a woman president, it's that, for everyone other than old women, the idea pretty much ho-hum, not driving votes away from her in droves, but not driving votes to her, either.

Posted by: Ibid at March 5, 2008 9:10 AM

Ibid: I think you're right that Hillary's problem isn't that Americans are resisting the idea of a woman president. They're resisting the idea of a Hillary president.

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 5, 2008 10:45 AM

Mikey, they are wallowing in guilt for things they did do, and are doing today. The Democrats have never stopped being racist or sexist, they just went from too hard to too soft. The idea that "Those People" are equal to them and can live their own lives is alien to them.....

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at March 5, 2008 11:38 AM