Thursday, January 24, 2008

Earth to Bill Clinton: Black women are women

The more former president cavorts about the Palmetto State, the less I like him. And the more I remember the damage he did to the feminist movement when he played fast and loose with a certain intern, leaving the leaders of the women's movement, a movement, at that moment, that had only enjoyed its own reconstitution for several years (thanks to the right wing's brilliant manipulation of the porn wars), caught between a philandering president and a misogynist Congress.

Thing is, I always liked his wife; admired her, really. But the more he steps out to ostensibly plead her case, the less warmth I feel toward her.

Yesterday, Bill Clinton characterized the South Carolina primary contest as one that Hillary will lose because voters will cast their ballots along race and gender lines, according to the Associated Press:

"As far as I can tell, neither Senator Obama nor Hillary have lost votes because of their race or gender. They are getting votes, to be sure, because of their race or gender — that's why people tell me Hillary doesn't have a chance of winning here," Clinton said.
Newsflash for Bill Clinton: Black women are women. In fact, black women account for the Democrats' historical gender gap. White women don't historically vote much differently than white men. Take black women out of the equation, and the Democrats have no advantage over the Republicans among female voters.

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Anonymous said...

Amen sister! Amen!!

Seems in our obsession with identity politics, we forget that there is no one, all-encompassing category.

Keep calling these jackholes' BS whenever they step out of line.

S.W. Anderson said...

If either of the Clintons or Barack Obama keeps flogging race and gender, it's likely to backfire on the guilty party or parties, and also probably on the Democratic Party in the general election. They should all cut it out.

Cutting it out will take some discipline, because the media are going to blow up and repeat ad nauseam the smallest sign or the slightest mention.

Your observation on black women being the gender advantage for Democrats is interesting and makes sense. Do you have hard numbers from somewhere?