Democrats have long relied on regressive identity politics to divert public attention away from hollow policy platforms and faulty ideas. Now they’re turning on each other like vultures on a rotting carcass. The Democratic front-runner smells blood and her predator instincts have kicked into full gear.
“Hillary Rodham Clinton has seized on remarks Senator Bernie Sanders made in the first Democratic debate that “all the shouting in the world” would not keep guns out of the wrong hands, suggesting that Mr. Sanders used those words because of Mrs. Clinton’s gender,” reports the New York Times. “I haven’t been shouting, but sometimes when a woman speaks out, some people think it’s shouting,” conspired Clinton at the highly-exclusive Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, courting lucrative campaign contracts and investments from the country’s most privileged Democrats.
With Jim Webb and Lincoln Chaffee out of her way, Hillary is one body away from what she feels is hers by dynastic right — the Democratic nomination. For Hillary, all the primary debates, caucuses, and town hall meetings are just hurdles to jump through on her way to imminent glory.
Bernie Sanders’ unexpected surge in the polls has threatened Hillary’s delusions of grandeur; he is overstaying his welcome as a purely ceremonial candidate. After a crushing loss in 2008, Hillary has decided to run as a “woman,” as if her gender identity is a principal selling point as a candidate. Hillary’s campaign logo “I’m With Her,” exemplifies this polarizing strategy.
Unsurprisingly, this is far from the first time that Hillary has reverted to name-calling and accusations of sexism to deflect substantive criticism. In fact, the “woe is me” victim-card is straight from the dusty Clinton playbook. In the aftermath of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hillary trumpeted a clarion call for an all-out slanderous assault against her husband’s young female intern. She dispatched attack-dog Sidney Blumenthal to defame, harass, and intimidate Monica Lewinsky into silence.
With Jim Webb and Lincoln Chaffee out of her way, Hillary is one body away from what she feels is hers by dynastic right.
For the self-entitled Hillary, Lewinsky was an inconvenient, gratuitously-publicized pest standing in the way of grand political ambitions. In order to shift public eyes away from her family’s disgrace, she articulated unintelligible conspiracy theories about a “vast right-wing conspiracy” against her family.
“Shortly after reports about Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky broke on the conservative aggregation site The Drudge Report in 1998, Hillary Clinton sat down with Matt Lauer to discuss the charges, which she suggested were politically motivated,” reported The Washington Post. “I do believe that this is a battle. The great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president,” brandished Clinton. In response to a profoundly negative public perception, Hillary shifted the blame to conservatives, alleging a sexist subtext to evidence-grounded criticisms and scapegoating a “constant barrage of attacks that are largely fomented by and coming from the right.”
This gender-obsessed, sexism strategy carried over into Hillary Clinton’s messy run for Senator of New York in 2000. After a debate with challenger Rep. Rick Lazio, the Republican nominee, Clinton’s communications director, Howard Wolfson, called Lazio’s style “menacing.” Hillary herself added, “the thing that probably prepared me best in dealing with things like that was having two younger brothers.”
Lazio responded forcefully to Hillary’s incredibly hypocritical and opportunistic attack. “The idea that somehow that there’s a double standard because you’re a man or a woman, and you can’t make a point forcefully if you’re a man, and the person you’re making the point with is a woman, I just think that’s sexist. I don’t think people in the Senate worry about whether you’re a man or a woman,” he asserted.
Like a school-yard bully, Clinton’s communications director mocked Lazio in perhaps the most petty display of partisan politics to date. “Today the political world was rocked by the bizarre accusation that Rick Lazio has been the victim of sexism. Poor Rick. Let me be the first to offer him my support,” squealed Wolfson.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy is simple: obfuscate her history as a public official and shout “sexism” as loud as humanly possible when confronted with substantive questions about policy.