By Matt Pulle
on Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 10:50 AM
Hillary Clinton will likely concede the Democratic primary long before her bitter supporters at Tennessee Guerrilla Women, who continue to believe that their candidate was the victim of a vast middle-wing conspiracy. In fact, it was Clinton's own votes (Iraq), fairy tales (sniper fire) and strategic mishaps (what's a caucus?) that doomed her, turning the candidate from a sure thing into a sore loser over the course of five long months. Still, unintentionally or not, the TGW blog is a thrilling read and peek into a dusty school of feminism that seems to view women as perpetual victims. Fortunately, most younger women don't hold that view, as witnessed by how eagerly they supported Obama.
Incredibly, though, there are commenters on TGW who say they're going to vote for McCain, claiming, with no evidence, that Obama ran a sexist campaign. Really? Wasn't it Hillary who gloated about how Obama wasn't winning over white voters? When did Obama ever invoke gender in that way? And remember when someone at a McCain appearance called Hillary a bitch? McCain merely chuckled.
And for all the heated charges of media bias against Hillary, I would argue that they were the ones who kept her in the race. Imagine for a second if Obama lost 11 straight contests, ran out of money and kept firing all his friends? Who in the media would have taken him seriously as they all did with Clinton?
So sometime soon Clinton is supposed to congratulate Obama, although one would think that the time to have done so was when Obama clinched the nomination on Tuesday. Kind of a nice little tradition we have here in American politics: You lose, you congratulate, we move on. Not so much with the Clintons, who get to play by their own rules.
So it's very gracious Hillary finally realized what we all knew sometime in February: She's done. And it's time to say so and congratulate the winner. I'm not entirely confident she'll do that.
And neither are these guys: