Boyfriend of the Day

Paul Waldman:

And it isn’t only extremists like Savage who are having trouble stomaching the idea of women in positions of increasing power. We now have a female speaker of the House, and the strong possibility of the first female president; the prospect is sending some men over the edge. MSNBC host Tucker Carlson recently described Hillary Clinton as “castrating, overbearing and scary.” Why Carlson looks at the junior senator from New York and immediately fears for the safety of his testicles might be something he and his therapist should explore, but he’s hardly alone — after the election Chris Matthews wondered on the air if Nancy Pelosi was “going to castrate Steny Hoyer.”

…And if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, we can expect a virtual explosion of sexist rhetoric, every last drop of it based in fear and anxiety. She already gets described with a whole series of derogatory adjectives that don’t seem to ever be applied to male politicians — she is “ambitious” (unlike the men running for president) and “calculating” (unlike every other politician), to take just two…. Conservative radio and TV host Glenn Beck admitted that Hillary Clinton’s voice drives him crazy. “She’s the stereotypical bitch, you know what I mean?” he said. “After four years, don’t you think every man in America will go insane?”

For real. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: criticize Hillary all you want for her politics and actions, but the second you start tossing around words like “calculating,” “ambitious,” “harridan,” “shrill,” “castrating,” and the like, it’s awfully hard to believe you’re criticizing her for anything but being a woman who doesn’t know her place.

There’s a time-honored term for politicians who don’t serve their constituents well: “Asshole.” Feel free to call her that, if you believe that’s what she is. Feel free to tell me all the good reasons not to vote for her. I have no problem acknowledging that there are plenty of those.

But as soon as you say, “I have no problem with a woman president, but…”

  • She only got where she is because of her husband.
  • She only got where she is because she has this totally inexplicable ability to raise money.
  • She doesn’t have the necessary leadership skills.
  • She’s not tough enough.
  • She doesn’t have the qualifications to be a serious contender.

once again, I’m going to have an awfully hard time believing you’re criticizing her for being anything but a woman who doesn’t know her place.

Hillary Clinton as president might just fuck up this country as spectacularly as any number of male presidents have. But I feel very confident in saying this (and her people are welcome to adopt it as a campaign slogan): as president, Hillary Clinton will never cut anyone’s balls off.

Until people stop raising the possibility that she will, I’m going to have an awfully hard time believing…