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?