Hillary’s top strategist, Mark Penn, recently told reporters that the New
York senator would be a better Commander-in-Chief than either Sen. Barack Obama
or Sen. John McCain. This preposterous delusion explains Penn’s equally
incredible misreading of public sentiment and why Hillary has lost 10 primaries
in a row and will soon lose Texas and Ohio. Apparently Penn has caught the
Clintons’ legendary amnesia problem.
It has not only escaped him that Obama did not call the mastermind behind our
successful surge in Iraq, General David Petraeus, a liar, as Hillary did on
September 11, 2007, when she told the military icon in a congressional
hearing that his report of progress required "the willing suspension of
disbelief," but also that Sen. McCain put his entire career (and credibility) on
the line in first suggesting a change in strategy in Iraq and then
passionately supporting it in spite of relentless criticism. And that is not to
omit his lengthy and esteemed career as a military combat veteran,
prisoner-of-war (and torture victim for five-and-a-half-years), U.S. Senator
(for 25 years), and national hero.
Here is another example of how clueless both Penn and Hillary are. According
to Michael Grunwald of Time.com, Penn said that Hillary’s 10-in-a-row primary
losses meant nothing, that Wisconsin had a lot of independent voters so it
didn't really matter…and Hawaii was practically Obama's home state so it
obviously didn't matter. "Winning Democratic primaries is not a qualification or
a sign of who can win the general election," Penn said.
Grunwald cites more of Penn’s self-deluded thinking. Nebraska, Idaho and Utah
didn't matter because they were deep-red states. South Carolina, Louisiana and
Georgia didn't matter because they had large percentages of black voters. Maine
and Washington didn't matter because caucuses aren't truly representative.
Maryland and Virginia didn't matter because Obama was expected to win there.
Missouri might have mattered, but didn’t when Obama slam-dunked Hillary in the
THE LOATHING FACTOR
Hillary, to my eyesight and ears, has never looked or sounded better. The
folds in her sagging neck, her jowls, her laugh lines, the crow’s feet around
her eyes, and the double chin she sported but a year ago – all have mysteriously
vanished, probably because the extreme stress of campaigning, which ages most
people, has had a Fountain-of-Youth effect on warrior Hillary. You go girl!
As for hearing her speak, she clearly has her riff down cold – socialized
medicine, surrender in Iraq, guillotining the corporate powers who fuel our
splendiferous economy, high taxes, government control of everyone’s life –
although her vocal range is off-putting, going as it does from faux-muted to
screech-owl strident in 10 seconds flat.
While (mostly older) female liberal voters support Hillary, poll after poll
(for many years now) show that men loathe the woman. Why?
I suspect that men instinctively realize that a woman who chooses men like
Bill Clinton and Mark Penn – and then sticks with them in spite of the
embarrassment and humiliation they cause her – would make an equally poor choice
in selecting, for instance, a Secretary of Defense. After the Iowa caucus, when
she came in a mortifying third, you would have thought that she’d rein in her
husband, who was already sabotaging her campaign, and fire Penn for his
unerringly wrong predictions. Her failure to do so sent a loud-and-clear signal
that the only thing she’d be ready for "on Day One" was even more reliance on
such unreliable sources.
I also suspect that men more than women don’t buy Hillary’s claim of
"experience." It’s bad enough that in the one major project she undertook during
her "first term" in the White House – to reform our nation’s healthcare system –
she failed utterly. And now that she’s in charge of managing her campaign, a job
significantly less demanding than being president, her own "surge" strategy has
also failed. She can’t manage the internecine squabbling among her staff. She
clearly has no coherent message. She has sent her good ole reliable base fleeing
into the arms of her arch-rival Obama. And she has squandered millions in
campaign cash (read taxpayer money) on, according to Newsmax.com, the
$3.8 million for fees and expenses paid in January to the firm that includes
Mark Penn. The firm has billed more than $10 million overall, an amount some
strategists have called "stunning," according to the NY Times.
$730,000 both paid and owed to Howard Wolfson, a senior member of Hillary’s
$2.3 million to the ad company owned by Mandy Grunwald, a Clinton media
$800,000 – including $11,000 for pizza – to a South Carolina company that was
supposed to turn out black voters for Hillary (she lost).
More than $25,000 for rooms at the posh Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, and
another $5,000 at the Four Seasons.
According to political strategist Joe Trippi, "The problem is she ran a
campaign like they were staying at the Ritz-Carlton. Everything was the best –
the most expensive draping at events, the biggest charter. It was like, `We’re
going to show you how presidential we are by making our events look
This is the woman who wants to run our economy!
Then there’s the all-too-credible suspicion that Hillary just plain doesn’t
like the male of the species. As Camille Paglia writes:
"It's no coincidence that Hillary's staff has always consisted mostly of
adoring women, with nerdy or geeky guys forming an adjunct brain trust.
Hillary's rumored hostility to uniformed military men and some Secret Service
agents early in the first Clinton presidency probably belongs to this
[This] disdain for masculinity …is why Hillary acts on Gloria Steinem like
catnip. Steinem's fawning, gaseous New York Times op-ed about her pal
Hillary…speaks volumes about the snobby clubbiness and reactionary
sentimentality of the fossilized feminist establishment, which has blessedly
fallen off the cultural map in the 21st century. History will judge Steinem and
company very severely for their ethically obtuse indifference to the stream of
working-class women and female subordinates whom Bill Clinton sexually harassed
and abused, enabled by look-the-other-way and trash-the-victims Hillary.
Contemptuous condescension seems to be Hillary's default mode with any male
who criticizes her or stands in her way. It's a Nixonian reflex steeped in toxic
THE POLITICAL FACTOR
The ideas that Hillary has been advocating during her past "35 years of
experience" have alienated, infuriated and disgusted most men. In a 2001
article, "The White Male Problem," Professor William A. Galston, a former deputy
assistant for domestic policy under Bill Clinton, wrote:
Nearly every major development of the past generation worked to push white
men away from the Democratic Party. For some, the civil rights revolution was
the trigger; for others, it was the rise of feminism and its
institutionalization in the party's official structure that drove them away. The
rhetoric employed by high-profile extremists in these movements, who denounced
white men as racist and patriarchal oppressors, exacerbated these effects.
Conflict within the Democratic Party sparked by the events of 1968 led to rules
changes that diminished the power of labor unions, for decades centers of white
male political influence and social standing.
Developments in foreign and defense policy also played a role. The Democratic
Party became the epicenter of opposition to the Vietnam War, a stance that
spilled over into a broader critique of the Cold War, the defense budget, the
foreign policy establishment, our assertive internationalism, and of the United
States itself. These developments offended many white men who were traditional
patriots and favored a strong national defense.
Gun control, which many white men saw as the translation of defense
dovishness into domestic policy, made matters worse and helped cement the
Democrats' image as the party of weakness.
Great Society programs largely aided women and minorities. And for two
decades (1973-1993), the federal government failed to address the problem of
wage stagnation, which hit less well-educated white men especially hard. By the
2000 presidential election, the majority of upscale white men came to believe
that they needed nothing from government except to be left alone, while many
downscale white men concluded that government either did not understand how to
help them or did not care enough to do so.
It is clear from the evidence that white men have a distinctive cultural
outlook. Even more than most Americans, they prize independence, individual
choice, and personal integrity and strength. Men gravitate toward candidates
they see as having the courage to stand up against the odds, even against the
So there you have it. It is Hillary’s very core beliefs that make men sick.
Confirming this, NRO columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez writes in "Turning Off Men,"
exit polls show that "men are going for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton
[because of her] explicit play for women, her tendency to rely on government
rather than personal freedom, and her insistence that the first thing she’s
going to do as president is start to move U.S. troops out of Iraq..."
Not one to conceal his dislike of Hillary, Rush Limbaugh has railed about her
"testicle lockbox…which reminds men of the worst characteristics of women
they've encountered over their life: totally controlling, not soft and cuddly,
not sympathetic, not patient, not understanding, demanding, domineering…"
Political analyst and writer Carey Roberts expands a bit: "If Barack Obama
goes on to sew up the Democratic nomination, which seems more likely every day,
his triumph will be a testament to the hubris and folly of Hillary Clinton, who
once believed she could ignore the white male voter."
Yes, Hillary has a man problem. So what else is new?