Sunday, November 11, 2007

Andrew Sullivan a lady-boss-hater

Blogger Andrew Sullivan, the contrarian champion of gay rights, is driving Hillary-hating to new heights with his latest post on the subject:

[S]he pretends to be a feminist. She wants to include in her "experience" her attempt to get everybody's healthcare under her beatifically benign control in the early 1990s. But in turn he insists that her failure to achieve anything - because of her reflexive secrecy, paranoia and over-reach -- was actually his fault, not hers. She wants credit for being a feminist, while still running in part on her husband's record -- both claiming credit for the good parts and disowning the bad parts. They will keep playing this game - arguing every which way, passing the buck from one to the other, never accepting responsibility, for as long as it gets them past the latest news cycle...Another term of the two of them could well lead to the same kind of sexual scandals that distracted and near-paralyzed affairs of state in the 1990s. If you don't believe that, then you simply haven't grasped the depth of Bill Clinton's needs and compulsions and Hillary Clinton's life-long enabling of them.
Note, above, the latest anti-Hillary narrative, which is that of her purported "enabling" of Bill's bad behavior with women. So now, it's her fault. You blogstress loves that this is a narrative being sold by people who would likely not touch a 12-step program with at 10-foot pole, so perfect are they.

Responding to this latest madness are your ecrivaine's homies at The American Prospect Online, Ezra Klein and Dana Goldstein.

Brother Ezra offers this:
Was Clinton any more sexually compulsive than JFK, or Bob Livingston, or the thrice-married Newt Gingrich, or the thrice-married Rudy Giuliani? Hell, was the Clinton's relationship any more, or any less, fraught than the stange filial dramas between George W. Bush and his father? Of course not. The media just lost its mind for eight years, went crazy with class hatred and status envy and groupthink and scandal-mongering (remember Whitewater? Where the investigation found, after $25 million in costs, no wrongdoing?).
From La Goldstein, comes this:
Feminism is not about passing judgment on women's choices about how to deal with infidelity in marriage -- especially when the woman in question is a public figure whose true personal life we can only guess at...So is Hillary a feminist politician? That depends on your definition of "feminism." What I will say is that in the Senate, she's been a consistent voice representing women. When the Democrats were in the minority, she placed a hold on President Bush's FDA nominee in order to force approval for over-the-counter Plan B. This year, Clinton introduced legislation that would work to close the pay gay between men and women.
As the brilliant and stalwart Katha Pollitt has written, all the sexist sniping at Hillary may only serve to further her candidacy:
The more people insist that sexism plays no part in the primary campaign or its media coverage, the more likely I am to vote for Hillary Clinton and I'll bet I'm not the only one. Her poll numbers with women are rising, after all. I think a lot of women are just fed up to here with the sexism they see around them every day at their own workplaces and that their male colleagues just don't notice as they ride the testosterone escalator upwards.

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