A Confession about New Hampshire

I’m excited that Hillary Clinton won tonight. No, I’m not saying that I support her candidacy; to be honest I am supporting the candidate that the Democrats in other states nominate. I think any of the top four Democratic candidates would clearly make better Presidents than the Republican candidates, so I don’t see a lot to gain in being terribly critical of any of our nominees. I’ll leave the internecine warfare to the Republicans, who seem more interested in tearing their party to shreds than winning an election.

Why am I glad that Hillary won? Largely because of how she has been treated in the media the past few days. Because she showed emotion, the narrative of the past 15 years suddenly changed; in an instant, she was no longer the emotionless technocrat consumed with power she has so often been depicted as, she became too weak (read womanly) to be President.

For an institution so routinely described as having a liberal bias, the media certainly has a sexist streak a mile wide and deep, don’t they? I’d love to see one of these blow-dried, toupee-wearing middle aged pundits (yes, you, Tim and Chris) demonstrate either the energy and effort to change our country or the passion to withstand the kind of attacks from both right wing hacks and the media that Mrs. Clinton has endured since 1992.

The Democratic Party has four great standard-bearers. It’s no weakness that one is a women, one is an African-American, one Hispanic, and one the product of a working class family. That’s a strength of a party that represents all Americans. 

Isn’t there a much more interesting narrative for the “liberal” media to pursue in the lily-white Republican process?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • I was glad that she won to. I’m curious whether it was her show of emotion in New Hampshire alone or her campaign strategy.

  • I always smile, because I heard she values national security over human rights. And that’s how I like my mainstream liberals: openly right-wing.

  • You’re not trying to drag me back into hopelessness, are you, Nick?

    I definitely vacillate between incredible frustration at the lack of a truly progressive candidate and the belief that we need to elect an alternative to the Bush regime.

    Why drag me down to despair? 🙂

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