The Words We Use
There are a number of troubling themes coming out of the Hillary camp these days. But the one which claims that Obama supporters are effeminate is something taken out of the GOP talking points.
"I've got news for all the latte drinking, Prius driving, Birkenstock wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won't last a round against the Republican attack machine. He's a poet, not a fighter." said one union official at a Hillary rally.
“Obama has won the small caucus states with the latte-sipping crowd. They don’t need a president, they need a feeling.”is the most recent broadside against Obama supporters. Women, of course, are associated with acting on feeling not rationality.
Which raises the question: is Obama and his supporters being targeted, like Edwards as womanly, as irrational, as girls, not tough, easily swooned by words, not a fighter? And what does that say about the Hillary campaign and her surrogates when they use such terms?
It may mean the campaign is banking on the low estimation of women in this country to tar Obama and to raise her credibility. They are banking on anti-feminism to help win this campaign. If it succeeds it takes some of the steam out of being the first woman president.
As a side note, I wanted to apologize for my absence. I've had a flue that really knocked me out for a week. That and midterms and job hunting has made my internet usage go down the tubes, so to speak. But I'm hoping by next week things might be a bit more settled.