Rand Paul’s already blabbing about Monica Lewinsky all the time (and the press is eating up), now the Washington Free Beacon is dredging up Hillary is a lesbian feminist bitch (via). Perhaps that perception was a concern 22 year ago:
On May 12, 1992, Stan Greenberg and Celinda Lake, top pollsters for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, issued a confidential memo. The memo’s subject was “Research on Hillary Clinton.”
Voters admired the strength of the Arkansas first couple, the pollsters wrote. However, “they also fear that only someone too politically ambitious, too strong, and too ruthless could survive such controversy so well.”
Their conclusion: “What voters find slick in Bill Clinton, they find ruthless in Hillary.”
Things have changed, though. On the sexism front, we’ve had the first woman Speaker of the House and the first woman to come close to getting a major party’s nomination (Hillary herself!). And on the fear of aggressive hippies front, the tyranny of the totebag is subsiding: plenty of voters want a hard, pipe-hitting liberal to go to work with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.
I didn’t vote for Hillary in the primary last time because Mark Penn and Iraq. And it’s true that Obama did benefit from the media idea that he could unite people whereas Hillary has “scores she still needs to settle“.
I don’t blame Obama for promoting this idea, it’s all in the game. Or was in the game. No one who’s not on the No Labels payroll believes anything about unifying the country anymore.
So “ruthless”? Fuck yeah. As long as “ruthless” doesn’t involve Larry Summers or V-chip/school uniform triangutardism.