All along I’ve picked Hillary and McCain as the two best possible candidates, and last week I saw the New York Times Editorial Board agrees with me. See? Further evidence they should just offer me a job already.
It seems that most of the blog love out there goes to Obama (not that there’s anything wrong with him) or Edwards (not that there’s anything wrong with him either), and I wanted to stand up for Hillary for a second. She might be “slick” and calculated and seasoned and rich and well-versed in how to behave during a political campaign, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t the best person for the job.
Radical Mama linked to the most absurd woman who said that even feminists couldn’t possibly support Hillary Clinton after the way she stood by her philandering schmuck of a man. Indeed I have some girlfriends who say they don’t respect her because of that. But the girls about whom I speak are republicans so I’m going to willfully ignore their opinions as obviously misinformed. (Just kidding girls!)
And people often get incredulous with me, saying that feminists shouldn’t have supported Bill Clinton the womanizer. To all of you I say this: Feminists (by my humble definition) do not concern themselves with where individual men put their johnsons (or even their cigars), assuming they didn’t put them there against the receiver’s will (and, of course, assuming the receiver had the capacity and maturity required to consent). What feminists do care about in a political candidate is that he (or she) is likely to create and support policies and laws that are conducive to equal opportunity and equal protection under the law for ALL.
In other words, unless Bill Clinton is sleeping with me (and he isn’t, in case you were wondering, though I do think he’s sort of cute), I couldn’t care less who all he IS sleeping with. I mean grow up already and get a life if you’re really that absorbed with worry about the sex lives of people you don’t know.
And while we’re on the subject, get over Hillary’s decision to stay with him, whatever her motivation. Like everyone else I assume her motivation was largely political, but maybe she and Bill have a comfortable friendship of sorts after all these years or maybe she didn’t feel like being a fifty-something famous divorced female senator. Who knows – but if she’s a good leader and she supports sound policy, what difference does it make?
I seriously fear if Hillary loses the nomination, because I don’t think Obama or Edwards have a chance in the general election for a variety of reasons. I sort of wish I was a registered republican right now so I could vote for McCain in the primaries – at least I could affect the outcome of the general election by nominating the least hideous republican candidate – who will win if Democrats decide to get all gooey and shoot themselves in the idealistic foot.