Sunday, August 11, 2013

Gynocratic autoadulation

Back in 1960, when JFK was running for President, his chances were initially considered slim, since it would be unprecedented to elect a Roman Catholic to that office.  Kennedy faced the matter squarely in a famous speech early in the primaries, basically saying that he was running for a secular office, in which, if elected, he would serve the People and not the Pope.   People mostly shrugged and said, Sounds reasonable;  after that he let the matter drop.
What he did not do was to criss-cross the country trumpeting Catholicism, surround himself with fellow Catholics, point with pride to this, that, and the other Catholic who had accomplished this, that, or the other thing;  and basically imply that you should vote for him because he was Catholic.
Nor, to his lasting credit, did candidate Obama play the race card, despite pressure to do so.

Times have changed.   From today’s Washington Post:

Clinton embraces trailblazer role with eye on 2016
She has woven a theme of women breaking barriers throughout almost all of her recent public remarks.

Don’t get me wrong:   Just on the merits, she’s a plausible candidate;  certainly the raft of circus-clowns fielded last time around  by the Republicans  offer no improvement.    But her sexual self-celebration is part of a catagogic trend.  (For a glimpse of that trajectory, click here.)

The deleterious effects of her penchant for identity-politics  were visible during the 2008 campaign.
She ran a fairly snide campaign against Obama (“naïve”), and he took it like a gentleman, later graciously offering her the plum post of Secretary of State, the springboard to her 2016 prospects.  Yet her partisans, when she lost, moped and sulked and Just weren’t at all sure that they could vote for that man.    They were the spoiled brats of 2008;  and they will be the strutting embodiments of the culte de soi in 2016.

[For further inspiring sagas of the distaff who clawed their way (or were offered a free pass) to the top, try here.]

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[Update 17 Jan 2016]  Maureen Dowd on Hillary's possible "estrogren ticket":


  1. Oh, this post demonstrates a tad bit of cluelessness. Women from 18-82 were severely disappointed that she did not become the first female president. Now all those women are waiting in anticipating anticipation for her to accomplish this feat. That majority of the human population could care less what your opinion, or mine might be.

    And, as the African Americans say about the fight for marriage equality and their own civil rights struggle, there is no relationship between the advent of the first Catholic president and the first female president.

    1. Indeed -- Not only does the world not care what my opinion might be: *I* do not care what my opinion might be. Opinions may be had for the asking -- a penny plain and tuppence colored. As ever, I am only making a logical point.