Editor’s Note: Not all women are ‘with’ Clinton
I got a taste Tuesday night for the rhetoric that’s going to surround Hillary Clinton’s campaign heading toward November.
Clinton deserves credit for becoming the first woman that a major party has nominated for president. It is historic, and it is something she has worked relentlessly toward her entire life.
Following her nomination, I sent out a tweet, saying good for Hillary, but now let’s focus on issues that really matter. That sparked several angry responses from women who seemed to feel I wasn’t giving Clinton the appropriate amount of respect. One woman wrote back, “Good for Hillary? No. Good for women everywhere. Even you.”
While I acknowledge Clinton’s accomplishment, she doesn’t speak for me. And if Republicans had nominated someone like Sarah Palin, I doubt these same women would be so ecstatic.
Clinton’s gender should not dominate the conversation. But it probably will. Her campaign slogan is “I’m with her” after all.
But not everyone, for sure. She still has high unfavorable ratings. The latest polls have her average rate at more than 55 percent — barely better than GOP nominee Donald Trump.
The fact so many Americans don’t trust her has nothing to do with her being a woman. It has everything to do with her record, which has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for her handling of Benghazi and classified information.
In addition, while Clinton has won over Democratic women of her generation, she is having a hard time appealing to younger women, who had flocked to Bernie Sanders.
Now that Clinton has broken through this glass ceiling, she has to face the criticism that comes with being a presidential candidate. She can’t hide behind her own skirts.