She just can’t open her mouth without being accused of racism. That must be really tough. Kinda like those poor guys who just can’t say anything without crazy-ass feminists jumping down their throats. I mean, having people criticize you is way more difficult than being subjected to actual racism or sexism.
As for Reagan Democrats, how Clinton was treated is not their issue. They are more concerned with how they have been treated. Since March, when I was accused of being racist for a statement I made about the influence of blacks on Obama’s historic campaign, people have been stopping me to express a common sentiment: If you’re white you can’t open your mouth without being accused of being racist. They see Obama’s playing the race card throughout the campaign and no one calling him for it as frightening. They’re not upset with Obama because he’s black; they’re upset because they don’t expect to be treated fairly because they’re white. It’s not racism that is driving them, it’s racial resentment. And that is enforced because they don’t believe he understands them and their problems. That when he said in South Carolina after his victory “Our Time Has Come” they believe he is telling them that their time has passed.
And racial resentment has nothing to do with racism, right? Just like MRAs have nothing to do with sexism.
Clinton did face a ton of sexism during the campaign, from both the mainstream media and American voters. That is unacceptable, and it needs to be called out over and over and over again. But for the 9,000th time, this is not the Battle of Oppressions. We can talk about the sexism Clinton faces without making racist (or racism-apologist) comments about Obama. The arguments Ferraro makes about racial resentment on the part of “Reagan Democrats”? Those same arguments get made about Hillary Clinton, except they’re cloaked in “concern” about the Average American Male not voting for a female candidate because he thinks she won’t represent his interests. This isn’t rocket science.
And Ferraro puts her foot even further into her mouth when she tries to make the case that Obama comes across as too elitist:
Whom he chooses for his vice president makes no difference to them. That he is pro-choice means little. Learning more about his bio doesn’t do it. They don’t identify with someone who has gone to Columbia and Harvard Law School and is married to a Princeton-Harvard Law graduate. His experience with an educated single mother and being raised by middle class grandparents is not something they can empathize with. They may lack a formal higher education, but they’re not stupid. What they’re waiting for is assurance that an Obama administration won’t leave them behind.
So if these unwashed, uneducated masses of Middle American voters (nice totally non-elitist assumptions there, eh?) don’t identify with people who attended elite educational institutions or who grew up in middle-class families, why in the world would Hillary Clinton be any more appealing?
Can this election just be over already?
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