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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hating Hillary

I've done a bit of low grade research on what brings forth the flood of visceral bile that Senator Clinton elicits from Republican white men. I employed the unusual technique of asking some of my Republican friends (You know who you are). A small sample, to be sure, but five is all I can handle without taking notes and getting all, you know, research-ie. There were points that were hit by four out of the five, firstly being Whitewater, then something called "Travel-gate" and a general charge of "Lying Bitch" (nothing specified).  I got the definite impression that my friends have dumped all their resentment against ex-wives, feminists, women who turned them down over the years and Eleanor Roosevelt on top of Hillary. Man, what a burden. The level of fire I heard could not be explained by mere cold logic. It was the rage that a powerless victim expresses against their overlord. It was the anger that I've seen directed toward interlopers. 
 
One guy had some story about all the people she had murdered to cover up her evil ways. One also said Chealsea is ugly, but I don't know what that had to do with anything. What is it about this woman that drives otherwise rational men totally nuts. Unlike years past, we have an entire broadcast system that ran an Orwellian hate rally for the eight years of the Clinton Administration. Here in liberal Puget Sound we have three ultra right wing Republican radio stations going 24 hours and Fox covering TV. With all that propaganda, selling her as the Devil incarnate it's a wonder that only forty percent of the voters dislike her.

I can't help but wonder if she is the recipient of the same sort of cultural backlash against women currently suffered in the Islamic world. We like to think we are centuries away from that sort of chattel attitude toward the distaff sex, but there are women walking around here in the USA who were born before women were allowed to vote or hold office. I've known elderly women who, in their youth, were not allowed to inherit property by law or even serve on juries. Women running amok, doing stuff that some don't like is a threat to the culture as perceived by some men. 

When confronted with unreason, I seize up. There is no discussing with men with this attitude. It's like talking religion with a true believer. Personally, I'd be happy with either Hill or Barack, but she sure lights the fires.

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