“What are you thinking?” used to be my favorite question for Hillary Clinton supporters. I felt obligated to call everyone I knew who liked or respected Hillary, and to beg them to vote for Kucinich or Edwards or Donald Duck instead.
But as I learned more about the candidate and her campaign, I realized many of my concerns had been unfounded–because I didn’t actually know anyone who liked or respected her.
Which begged another question of Clinton supporters: “Where the hell are ye?”
No bullshit, people who openly support Hillary Clinton and can explain why do not exist in my life. Do they exist at all? Maybe it’s all a vast conspiracy, where nobody votes for a candidate but everyone believes others do. Would it really be that hard to pull off? Even if ballot counters were incorruptible, they could easily pay off the media pundits to report falsehoods, then hire actors and actresses to walk around portraying ordinary citizens who were wowed by Hillary’s charisma and experience.
Could that really happen? Could half of the Democratic party be convinced the other half all had their heads up their asses? It does seem conceivable. Then again, it would only be necessary if our heads weren’t up our asses to begin with–which they are. In reality, people do like and respect Hillary, and come out in droves to vote for her.
Alas both of my questions for the Hillary Fan Club remain valid: Where are they and what are they thinking?
Voting results consistently show that Clinton pummels Obama among (1) women, (2) white people, and (3) people over 50. The “over 50” part clarifies why I bump into so few them on campus. As for what Hillary voters are actually thinking, that now seems obvious as well. After a lifetime of presidents who reminded them of their husbands, they want a candidate who reminds them of themselves: womanly, not black, and tired of life in her husband’s shadow. For a generation that boomed with bra-burners and barely got out of bed for the Civil Rights movement, a half-assed feminism of symbolic gestures is revived with Hillary Clinton.