There's a quote by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that goes:
I'd like to take that one step further------that there's a special place in hell for women who advance at the expense of other women. And that's putting it politely.
At any rate, that quote and its derivative have taken up residence in my brain after watching Susan Rice and Samantha Power each take one more step up their professional ladder today. On the surface I should be happy. After all, the president took the opportunity to add another woman to his team instead of a man (that being Power----Rice was already on board).
But I'm getting no pleasure at watching these two women, both of whom got where they are on the back of Hillary Clinton. It is shocking to me how furious I still am with how Hillary lost. Reminders of it never seem to go away. Sometimes we can go through quite a long spell without anything happening to cause flashbacks. But then they can come fast and furious. And this past 24 hours have provided their share of reminding me of the ordeal of the 2008 presidential election when my old party, the Democrats, lost their moral compass and took leave of their senses.
My first set of flashbacks came yesterday watching the Tea Party people testify to the House committee about how they were harassed by the IRS. The implication from their testimony was that this harassment was done to silence their voices. It seems clear that the command came from further up the food chain than here in Ohio, Cincinnati to be specific. At the very least the tone that was set starting from the president on down created an atmosphere in which folks thought that this kind of behavior was ok. That flashed me back to 2008 when I and many others stood up against the blatant sexism coming out of the Democratic Party to stop Hillary Clinton. What did we get for standing up for a different point of view from the Obama minions? In my case death threats, threats against my family members, accusations of being racists, reams of hate mail and hate email, just lots of vile stuff. I shouldn't be surprised that this behavior would continue once Obama won. But with the current revelations it is amazing how little free speech is tolerated by this administration. If you think differently from them you are un-American and worse. So when I saw the lady from Alabama speak yesterday, Becky Gerritson, my eyes filled with tears remembering my own ordeal.
Today, I am reminded about these two women, Rice and Power, who stabbed Hillary in the back to get ahead. I understand that it is dog eat dog in this world, especially in politics. But what can you say about someone like Susan Rice who got her first real break from President Bill Clinton when he appointed her to his national security team and also later as an undersecretary of state? You would expect some form of loyalty from her as that's how the game is played, chits and all. Instead, Susan Rice was the first one to abandon the Clintons to whom she owed her career to get behind Barack Obama. It was a stunning stab in the back to Hillary. It was an even more stunning statement about how the historic candidacy of Hillary Clinton for President meant nothing to this ambitious woman who was willing to step over her to get what she wanted. Special place in hell to her.......
And then there is the case of Ms. Power. Another ambitious woman. Now I maintain that ambitious women need to stick together and help each other get ahead. We have not achieved any level of parity at the top of things. The dismal numbers speak for themselves. Check out the stats in the column on the right. Anyways, here we had in 2008 the opportunity to elect the first woman president of the United States, a feat that had it been successful would have positively impacted women everywhere giving women a great leap forward including Ms. Power. So what did she do? She joined up with the Obama forces and let herself be used as an attack dog against Hillary calling her a monster. Really??? Power let herself be the public face of a female attacking Hillary Clinton. Sure she was put under the bus after awhile for doing it. But now she gets her reward for her service to Obama. She may be brilliant----she may be the best thing since sliced bread. But she is another one who deserves a special place in hell for not only blocking another woman, but goring her to get ahead.
Let's hope that the post traumatic stress from 2008 will be stilled at some point. Unfortunately the events of the past 24 hours have made the wounds seem fresh again.