Hit-and-miss Hil­lary

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De­sipte Hil­lary Clin­ton’s claim that her Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial op­po­nents were “pil­ing on” against her dur­ing Oc­to­ber’s Philadel­phia de­bate, most Amer­i­cans dis­agree. Con­sid­er­ing her per­for­mance dur­ing the Nov. 15 Las Ve­gas de­bate, it ap­pears that Mrs. Clin­ton is sen­stive to this per­cep­tion and has tough­ened up. But it seems she’s still play­ing the gen­der card and hasn’t re­al­ized the damsel-in-dis­tress syn­drome won’t fly with vot­ers.

A Fox 5/Wash­ing­ton Times/Ras­mussen Re­ports poll con­duced two weeks ago found 57 per­cent of Amer­i­cans dis­agree with the Clin­ton cam­paign’s as­ser­tion that her fel­low Democrats were “pil­ing on” and at­tack­ing her un­fairly in Philadel­phia. Eigh­teen per­cent said they were not sure what to make of the claim and just 25 per­cent said they agreed with Mrs. Clin­ton's as­sess­ment.

Of those who said the at­tacks amounted to “pil­ing on,” 44 per­cent said she was a tar­get be­cause she is a wo­man and 45 per­cent said it’s be­cause she’s the fron­trun­ner. Strat­i­fy­ing by gen­der, the poll of 1,000 adults con­ducted Nov. 6-7 found that 47 per­cent of women felt that her gen­der was an im­pe­tus for the at­tacks, while just 40 per­cent of men agreed. Clearly, most Amer­i­cans at this point don’t want to see a male can­di­date hid­ing be­hind his spouse’s pet­ti­coats than they would a fe­male can­di­date hid­ing be­hind her hubby’s breeches (Bill Clin­ton claimed last week that “those boys have been get­ting tough on her lately”). We all know Mrs. Clin­ton is no shy vi­o­let, so it seemed slightly out of char­ac­ter when, dur­ing her re­cent trip to her alma mater, Welles­ley Col­lege, she posited that her time at the women’s school “pre­pared me to com­pete in the all­boys’ club of pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics.”

And dur­ing the Nov. 15 de­bate, Mrs. Clin­ton con­tin­ued to play the gen­der card when asked to ex­plain her Welles­ley com­ments. “It is clear, I think, from women’s ex­pe­ri­ences that from time to time there may be some im­ped­i­ments,” said Mrs. Clin­ton. “To be able to aim to­ward the high­est, hard­est glass ceil­ing is his­tory-mak­ing.”

Mrs. Cil­nton is try­ing have it both ways. She de­nounces the “all-boys’ club of pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics” as a sex­ist in­sti­tu­tion, yet flaunts her XX chro­mo­some in hopes of cap­i­tal­iz­ing off her gen­der. In ef­fect, Mrs. Clin­ton is ask­ing vot­ers to dis­crim­i­nate against her male coun­ter­parts. This runs counter to the Amer­i­can con­cept of equal­ity.

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