Hillary's bitter pill: Women can't stand her
By Carey Roberts
Hillary Clinton's polling numbers are tumbling, but the real shocker is how poorly she is faring with the female electorate. According to the recent Rasmussen poll, 43% of women say they will not vote for Hillary. And the latest poll by John Zogby reported an almost identical number – 42% of women would not vote for Mrs. Clinton under any circumstances.
Hillary's gender problem is underscored by the bootleg Apple Computer 1984 ad. The person who hurls the hammer at Hillary's Big Sister image is not some 40-something pony-tailed biker dude. No, it's a young, athletic woman, exactly the demographic that Hillary hopes will put her over the top in November 2008.
Do a web search and you'll find websites (such as www.allwomenagainsthillary.com) and chat rooms buzzing with women who are flabbergasted at the mere thought of Hillary as 44th president of the United States.
One writes, "I, as a woman, would love to see a woman president, but am willing to wait for the right one." Some refer to her has Hillary the Horrible or simply "that cold "b*tch." At one recent conference, a smiling co-ed offered me a Hillary Barf Bag.
Many Democrats can't stomach the idea of Hillary as president, either. The Zogby poll found that among likely Democratic voters, a surprising 18% stated they "would never cast a vote in Clinton's favor."
Opposition to Clinton runs high even among Democratic insiders. "There is no more divisive figure in the Democratic Party, much less the country, than the former first lady," argues former Dukakis campaign manager Susan Estrich. And former NARAL Pro-Choice America director Kate Michelman has already signed on with the campaign of rival John Edwards.
No one disputes HRC's intelligence and drive. So how did the coronation plans come unglued?
One answer can be found in Hillary's Equal Pay video that is featured on her website. There she repeats the wage-gap chestnut, "Here we are at the beginning of the 21st century and women still earn significantly less than men for doing the same jobs."
But pandering to the "gender wage gap" poses a threat to women's intelligence, and possibly their lifestyles.
That's because men and women don't do the same jobs. Men spend more years in the workforce, work longer hours, and are subjected to far more hazards – 93% of all workplace deaths involve men.
Hillary's pay plan may also incur the wrath of liberal water-carriers like Katie Couric. The CBS News anchor reportedly earns $15 million a year. At ABC Charlie Gibson rakes in $7 million, and NBC's Brian Williams ekes by on a measly $4 million. All three do essentially the same jobs. So under Hillary's scheme, Katie would be forced to cut her salary by at least half.
Now watch Hillary's Equal Pay video a second time, but with the sound turned off. Observe her expressions – watch how she condescendingly arches her brow. Don't expect to find any hint of warmth or sincerity. What you see is the visage of an angry and calculating woman.
But Mrs. Clinton's problem goes deeper than her screeching rhetoric and all-around sourpuss attitude. Hillary's problem with women is her attitude towards women.
Remember her famous 60 Minutes remark, "I'm not sitting here as some little woman ‘standing by my man' like Tammy Wynette"? That comment revealed a scornful attitude towards those ladies who choose an ideology and lifestyle that deviates from the feminist creed.
Probe into the feminist world-view, and you discover a philosophy that is deeply distrustful of women and their ability to make decisions on their own behalf. Simone de Beauvoir, grand-dame of the modern-day feminist movement, openly displayed this arrogance:
"No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children …. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one."
And attend a local staging of The Vagina Monologues. Note the apparent satisfaction of the actresses chanting the names of their private body parts. Can anyone think of a more demeaning way to treat women? It's somehow fitting that Hillary invited Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, to serve on her Senate exploratory committee.
So while Clinton mouths the mantra of female choice and liberation, what she really seeks is unquestioning fealty to an ideology that demands women's obeisance to the blandishments of the Nanny State.
Most ladies sense a master manipulator behind the green velvet curtain. And that's Hillary Rodham Clinton's problem with women.
Carey Roberts is a Staff Writer for The New Media Alliance. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.