An invisible obstacle

Posted in at 18:35 by RjZ

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.


  1. aaron said,

    June 9, 2008 at 4:18

    Surely there are higher,
    harder glass ceilings.

    Pope for one.

    Allen Ginsberg’s
    personal assistant
    for another

    But I suppose
    it’s always easier
    (whether valid or not)
    to blame what you are
    rather than who you are

  2. Kate C said,

    June 9, 2008 at 7:02

    I think Hillary is an inspiration and a great role model/female hero. Well, I did before this election.

    I think it’s interesting that everybody is so happy to vote for “the next woman.” This is either a sign that everybody is receptive to the idea of a female president, just not Hilary, or that nobody really is and they’re simply making excuses.

    Personally, I think Hillary would have had much better chances at the Presidency if she had dumped Bill back during the whole Lewinski affair (as most intelligent women would be want to do), and maybe married to a Kennedy instead (as most intelligent women would be want to do).

  3. Tim R said,

    July 1, 2008 at 9:01

    Hillary just ran a lousy campaign and Obama ran a brilliant one. I don’t think winning the Democratic nomination or not had to do as much with being a woman or being black as it did with organization, money-raising, and getting out your voters. Hillary’s team did an astonishingly poor job of all that, and Obama’s team was amazingly effective at all that. I’m still shocked that she isn’t the nominee, but I am happy that for once we are seeing a Democratic nominee who is better funded and and better organized than the Republican nominee.

  4. RjZ said,

    July 1, 2008 at 9:11

    Thanks, Tim. My only point is that I was disappointed in her excuse.

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