I know that the subject of Hillary Clinton is a difficult one for the regular readers of this blog. It's a real irony since it was her presidential candidacy of 2008 and her subsequent sexist skewering that brought us all together. The misogyny emanating from our former home, the Democrats, caused an estimated 4 million of us to leave the Democratic Party. I might also add that the vote rigging during the rules and bylaws committee meeting in 2008 added significantly to the ugly stench of hypocrisy.
I understand that some of us are tremendously troubled about the path that Hillary has taken starting by "laying down with the dogs" as some would put it by joining the Obama administration all the way to the current and troubling unfolding of the events surrounding the September 11 deaths in Benghazi. I get it. I'd like to go on record to say that although I can sympathize with the people who hold these views, my sentiments fall differently. I am still a Hillary Clinton supporter. I'd still love to see her become the first female president of the U.S. I too am unhappy about some of the same things, but not enough to change my stance. In my opinion, Hillary Clinton would make a fine president, warts and all. Why should she pay a heavier price for her flaws than a man would? Most men who have run for and won the presidency have carried a far bigger load of actual mistakes, misjudgments, and the like and haven't had to suffer the opprobrium being thrown at HRC.
But truly that is a subject for another day. I want to go after the craziness surrounding Hillary at the Netroots Nation conference of this past weekend in San Jose, CA. For those of you who don't know, the Nutroots (oops----Netroots) Nation are the ideological leftists who sprung up during the 2008 campaign as a loose confederation of political bloggers. I actually think that the general theory of this group is a sound one. However, in reality this group perpetrated some of the worst sexist garbage of 2008 and put their heads in the sand about it. But I get ahead of myself. You can learn more about them at their website and decide for yourself.
It seems like these little twits are still going after Hillary Clinton as if she has something to prove to them. It still astonishes me that these people who have been behind the two winning campaigns of Barack Obama are still the sorest winners around. They sound like a bunch of sore whiners too. As I referenced in a previous piece, if Hillary Clinton runs, the sexism fest is going to pick up where it left off, and the Netroots Nation folks will be leading and enabling the charge. All the while denying that they are sexist. Their continual critiques of Hillary have not just a whiff but a full blown stench of visceral misogyny. Some of that misogyny is probably left over anger against their own mothers as they individuate, and as such any female of that generation who seeks power gets what they deserve in the eyes of these folks. I'm no shrink, but that part is blatantly obvious.
For me, it is having to deal with this type of individual AGAIN that frustrates me and makes me not want to support Hillary. But I'm not going to shrink from this fight. Those people have yet to pay for their sins of 2008. Their ilk have spent the past 6 years accusing every dissenter of being racist all the while purveying the worst sexism ever. They cannot be allowed to get away with it. Whether you support Hillary or not is besides the point. There is no real shame in sexism in the U.S. It is the main reason why women haven't ascended to the top in politics, business, you name it. The only way to change that wrong is to scream about it loudly and clearly whenever sexism rears its ugly head. There is a latent shame in sexism. It is up to us to bring that shame to the forefront. To do otherwise and to let it go by without comment is irresponsible.
The trip to Italy is sadly over and all I have left to show for it is the inability to sleep past 3 a.m. It turns out that that is a great time to write. As long as I can't sleep, I'll have more to come on this subject. The sexists never seem to sleep anyways. Particularly those Nutroots folks......