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Sat Apr 16, 2016, 10:47 AM

Let's not forget!

The sexist double standards hurting Hillary Clinton

Why the double standard? “Men are the guys who want to go out and buy the motorcycle, and women are the purse-string holders,” Newton-Small said. “It’s a very traditional role we are putting women into by making them the one saying, no, we can’t do all these really fun things. This is a very stereotypical box she gets put into, which then makes it very hard for her to be inspirational.”

This is the essence of Clinton’s trouble: If she can’t plausibly offer pie in the sky, and she can’t raise her voice, how does she inspire people? This hurts particularly with young voters — the same segment that shunned Clinton in 2008.

Clinton’s “likeability” problem also has something to do with her lack of a Y chromosome. It’s a direct consequence of the imperative that she demonstrate her toughness. Men can be tough and warm at the same time — think Ronald Reagan — but for women, it’s a trade-off.

In 2008, she played down gender and positioned herself as “ready to lead on day one.” This time she took a softer approach but eventually found herself back in the position of arguing that she’d be a better wartime leader than Sanders. For Clinton, “it’s a really tough needle to thread to be tough enough to be a commander in chief and still be likeable,” Newton-Small said.






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IamMab Apr 2016 #2
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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Sat Apr 16, 2016, 10:50 AM

1. Intelligent voters should be able to see through the double-standard.

At least I would hope so.

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Response to Kath1 (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 16, 2016, 11:01 AM

3. I agree.

Statistically, older and wiser voters overwhelmingly support Hillary.

Bernie keeps petulantly whining to the kids Hillary won't let them have all that "free stuff!"

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Sat Apr 16, 2016, 10:53 AM

2. Exactly. Bernie can promise anything because someone else has to clean up his bullshit.

 

It's the story of his whole career, letting Congress do the heavy lifting, and watching Democrats take the hard votes, while he played at being "pure" with his protest votes.

Even with that double-standard, though, I'm confident that Hillary will be the next President. Women account for a greater share of the vote than men, and we've probably all seen the 538 article now about how Clinton is dominating in the states that most resemble the Democratic Party. States that also just happen to be swing states and big Electoral College prizes!

The people who matter are recognizing Hillary Clinton and supporting her, and that's all that interests me.

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Response to IamMab (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 16, 2016, 11:04 AM

4. Well-said.

I can't wait to see her elected.

Just... Can't...Wait!

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Sat Apr 16, 2016, 06:26 PM

5. So true

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