Hilary Clinton announced on Saturday, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.” The Washington Post thinks that was part of her best speech yet and muses what things would have been like had she played this card, the fact that she’s a woman, earlier in the campaign.
The question really is, was Ms. Clinton not selected as the Democratic nominee because she is a woman, as she implies here, or could it also be that she wasn’t the best candidate? Is it possible that Mr. Obama’s message of change spoke to a few more than Clinton’s concept of hitting the ground running? I can’t know if, in fact, she lost the nomination because she is a woman, but given the number of relative number of women in her audience, it might as easily be claimed that she got as far because she is a woman. And that’s just great! I think it’d be great to have a woman in the oval office. It’s just that my desire for a woman president doesn’t motivate me to simply choose the first one who comes close. The notion is about as ridiculous as voting for Obama because he is black (as, no doubt, many will).
Clinton’s speech, far from being a high point of her campaign, is cop out that I hope the next woman candidate is confident enough to avoid.