Why People Hate Hillary... and other democratic women politicians of a certain age.
Remember when there was a burst of hope when a woman ascended to the Speakership of the House, and Hillary was the front runner? Remember when Barbara Boxer was beloved of progressives, before endorsing the Connecticut for McCain party candidate? Remember when Jackie Speier was the valiant survivor of a shooting incident that took the life of her employer and mentor Congressman Ryan?
You know why the public sours on Democratic Women politicians? Because the have a sense of entitlement, and they turn on the people who support them. Hillary is suffering not just because of her own sins, or the sexism of present contemporary society, a fact I get presented with every single day, but because of the arrogance of her cohort, the pure sense that the argument is over because of a kind of ownership built up by relationships. They can't open their mouths without telling everyone that they do not care what other people think, that the girl's tree house is closed and that anyone else will be clawed instantly for even looking at the rope.
That's why the "B" word and even the "C" word so easily cross people's lips, because everyone recalls back to the cheerleaders and class presidents of high school days.
Your high school was like mine. There were, the popular girls, and then there were the most popular girls. No one liked the most popular girls. But there they were, on every committee, at every organization, voting themselves into some order of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and running the class over diet soda and lettuce in the cafeteria. They had a few not very attractive hangers on who did the things they didn't have the ability to do, like make posters.
None of them could draw.
This closed club insularity is what immediately sets people on edge, because it is a disease that spreads to their followers. It is an illness that is seen in a hatred of ideas, and in then their eagerness to betray once in power. Nancy Pelosi has betrayed us. Barbara Boxer has betrayed us, and Hillary Clinton has betrayed us. There's no reason to believe that Jackie Speier won't either.
This is because the secret to the most popular girls, what Sex in the City called "the ladies who lunch," is that when they suffer a reverse, they toss their friends aside, in order to appease whoever dealt them a blow. They are always willing to be in compromising positions over people who don't want to compromise.
Let's take Hillary, she didn't need to vote for Iraq to be Senator from New York as long as she wanted to be. From a person who coined the term Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, she has voted it a trillion dollars to spend. It only takes one trillion, not more, to make something vast.
Now let's move on to Barbara Boxer. Barbara Boxer did not need to take sides in Connecticut's Democratic Primary, but she did, voting for the war monger who has now betrayed his party on key issues, and most importantly, the coming Presidential election. Why did she do it? Because they are friends. She owed him.
The next person in order is Nancy Pelosi. My god! That day! You can't imagine what it was like to see it and hear it. It was a bubbling bursting moment, like waking up and actually finding a pony in the stable. Now where are we? Has the House been what we had wanted, or even anything we wanted? No, over and over again Nancy has proven that her high heels, are so round as to be useful as coasters for moving heavy pieces of furniture.
It doesn't take long to see a pattern: a string of politicians who present as being strong women, independent minded, thoughtful and forthright, who have two traits. One is knee pads sewn into their skirts suits. The other is a royal and officious nature with anyone who gets in the way of their clique. They don't listen to anyone, and they can't be trusted, because there is a very small circle of real friends, and a very large circle of people who are just useful, but can be tossed aside if it is necessary to make up with someone who is more useful.
You can tell me I don't know what it was like to have to make it in a man's world in their time. True. But I can tell you that they are very busy making it impossible for me to make in this world, and they are as proud of it as any man at doing so.
One reason why Barak Obama has gained both young men and young women, is because the Jackie Hilboxalosi types have not been there for us, but have, at each turn of the way, voted for the status quo. You know, the war. The war that Hillary supports, the war that Joe Lieberman supports, the war that Tom Lantos, who endorsed Jackie Speier, supports. The war that Nancy Pelosi has voted to fund without time tables.
We've had enough of politicians who owe their place to a warmonger. We've had enough of queens who claw. Because they kick down only so they can claw up.
Jackie Speier is the next in line to inherit this mantle. Ideas? No, we don't need ideas. Having run lots of campaigns is what is important. Debate? None of that, we are the ladies who lunch. The people who've been there since 10th grade, telling you they are sooooo sorry, but the football captain's girlfriend has replaced you on the decoration's committee... but you can still do all the work.