If you are a feminist, womanist, or a liberal/progressive who thinks women should cast their votes based solely or primarily on “woman’s issues” then you cannot rightfully criticize any woman who casts her vote in order to help a woman break the glass ceiling and become the first female Vice President.
If you have argued or agreed with the idea that there is nothing wrong with African Americans voting for for an African American candidate over a white candidate, even if the white candidate has a longer record of working to advance the interests of African Americans and advocates policies that are more beneficial to the African American community, then you are a hypocrite if you criticize a woman who votes for another woman based on gender, even if the male candidate advocates policies that a more beneficial to women.
As a white male, I don’t have a dog in this fight. I have never criticized the overwhelming support given to Barack Obama by the African American community. I think it is perfectly logical and reasonable for them to support an African American candidate in the hope of seeing him become the first African American President of the United States. I also understand why so many women supported Hillary Clinton.
My issues with Barack Obama have nothing to do with the color of his skin, and my support of Hillary Clinton has nothing to do with her gender. But anyone who supported Barack Obama in whole or in part because of his race, cannot criticize anyone who supports Sarah Palin in whole or in part because of her gender. Fair is fair.
The primary campaign was historic because it saw one of the two major political parties select a Presidential nominee who is African American. It would have been just as historic if Hillary was selected as the nominee, because she would have been the first woman to reach that milestone.
This election continues to be historic because the “highest, hardest” glass ceiling that has kept women and minorities from either of the two highest offices in the country will be shattered regardless of who wins in November. If the person who shatters that glass ceiling is Sarah Palin, I will have mixed emotions.
I will be happy and proud to see a woman reach the nation’s second highest office. I will be sad because that woman is a Republican, and because Democrat Hillary Clinton deserves the honor of shattering that barrier.
If the Democratic leadership had not been infected with CDS, they would have given Hillary the Presidential nomination that she both deserved and rightfully earned, and had he run a clean campaign they could have selected Barack Obama as her running mate.
Had the Democratic leadership done so, both candidates would have blasted the glass ceiling to smithereens in November, and a more experienced Barack Obama would be perfectly positioned to follow Hillary into the Presidency eight years from now. That would be sixteen straight years that the Oval Office was not occupied by a white man.
But the Democratic leadership was too full of hatred for the Clintons, and Barack Obama too arrogant and impatient to wait or to allow a woman to go first, so John McCain and the GOP have seized the golden opportunity presented to them. Until yesterday morning I thought John McCain would more likely than not defeat Barack Obama in November. Barring any unseen developments, I am now certain of it.
Four years from now, the Democratic party will have a final opportunity to ensure that the first woman President of the United States is a Democrat. They can nominate Hillary Clinton, and watch her beat either McCain (if he runs for reelection) or Palin (if she is nominated to replace him.)
She would also beat the stuffing out of any other Republican the GOP could nominate.
So if you supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Presidential nomination, don’t come whining to me about “McSame” or “4 more years of Bush” when McCain and Palin open a big can of “Whoop-Ass” on Obama and Biden this November.
If you do, this will be my response:
“I TOLD YOU SO!”