No “Dream Ticket”


The surest sign so far that Obama will not be making Clinton his running mate: he has hired former Clinton aide, Patti Solis Doyle, who Clinton fired mid-way through her campaign and who is no longer on speaking terms with the senators — to be the chief of staff for whoever will be his vice-presidential running mate. According to Anne Kornblut, the Clintonites are not happy.

In other Clinton news, here’s a fascinating piece from New York magazine, which demonstrates that yes, Clinton did suffer for being a female candidate. But it underscores what I’ve been coming to think about the gender issues in this campaign: the problem had to do less with the occasional sexist comment from some TV talking head, than with the extra-layers of difficulty in figuring out how to market a female candidate as president. When she transformed from her hawkish persona to her woman-of-the-people thing, her campaign really took off — but by then it was too late.

John Heilemann writes: “Back in January, Clinton told me that she made “a fundamental miscalculation” in fixating so obsessively on the commander-in-chief hurdle. “I frankly made a wrong assumption about how to present myself to the country,” she said. But looking back on it now, she has concluded that she had no other choice. “This seemed to me to be looming over everything,” she explains. “I knew if I couldn’t cross it, nothing else would matter.” That Clinton clearly did cross that threshold is an enormous source of pride for her, an accomplishment she expects will have lasting implications despite her loss to Obama. “I believe that I’ve succeeded certainly in diminishing if not eliminating the commander-in-chief barrier for women candidates in the future,” she says.

Other interesting bit on how she carved out an identity separate from her husband’s:

“The truth is, she is to the left of him on domestic-policy issues,” one of her top lieutenants says. “The health-care mandate. Freezing foreclosures and interest rates. Renegotiating nafta. And then she’s to the right of him on foreign policy. I’m not sure we knew that—I’m not even sure that she knew that—before this race started.”


No “Dream Ticket”

  1. Meow: “‘Who can blame Obama for rewarding Patti? He would never be the nominee without her,’ one person who has worked for both Clintons and remains close to them said.”

  2. As McCain on SNL’s Saturday night rerun: “That’s right: fight amongst yourselves.”

  3. D’oh! As McCain SAID . . .

  4. “’I believe that I’ve succeeded certainly in diminishing if not eliminating the commander-in-chief barrier for women candidates in the future,’ she says.” Diminishing, yes, eliminating — not until a female is elected president and has a modestly successful term.

  5. Well, according to the articles you link to, Hillary and supporters seem to believe it was everyone except Hillary who was at fault for her failed presidential candidacy. If only it wasn’t for Bill Clinton, Mark Penn, Patti Solis Doyle, and that damn Media, “Napoleon in a navy pantsuit and gumball-size fake pearls” would be on her way to the White House likity-split.

  6. Also the voters. The voters really messed this one up. Then they moved to Ireland and destroyed Europe.

  7. The commentary does appear to be rather flippantly savage! Surely, you haven’t been viewing the same incredible campaign the rest of us have been witnessing over the last few months–or you wouldn’t have commented that Hillary’s loss was not so much the result of an “occasional sexist comment from some TV talking head”! An “occasional sexist comment”? What planet was your cable signal broadcasting from, Luiza?!

    While, to their credit, the U.S. media respectfully abstained from any racist commentary that would echo NBC’s just firing of Imus, the media misogynist frat-boys’ relentless Hillary-bashing pushed their favorite candidate over a fraudulent finish-line. The DNC Chair himself, Howard Dean, said (too late in the game to sound brave or sincere) the level of sexist commentary in this campaign was horrific and contributed to Sen. Clinton’s loss. Dean said that if the racist equivalent to the rampant media sexism toward Clinton had been levelled against Obama, talking heads would have rolled! Howard Kurtz produced a short CNN segment May 25th “The Media and Misogyny” that has become an instant classic. CNN’s own respected international affairs journalist Christiane Amanpour called the sexism to which Clinton had been subjected throughout the campaign “insulting and unacceptable” and condemned the “appalling lack of accountability for dissing women” by on-air resident misogynists.

    Sadly, sexism came from unexpected sources. Sen. Obama himself made a number of inappropriate comments, “her claws are coming out” and “Periodically, she feels moody, down, and starts launching attacks!…” Then he appeared on stage in. N.C. the day after a rather disappointing debate peformance in Pa., to give a well-orchestrated rapper-wannabe mime-act of his own, covertly insulting his fellow (female) senator to the approving applause of his followers!…

    YouTube’s mega-hit phenomenon “Obama Gives Hillary the F!nger” should be viewed by Savage, with the CNN’s “Media and Misogyny”, to appreciate both the blatant and camouflaged misogyny exposed as this historic campaign’s most effective weapon of political woman-bashing. Sorry to disappoint you, Luiza, but you haven’t come a long way at all!…

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