I assume everyone gets the occasional phone call about how uncouth they are. I try to take it in stride. After all, along with meaning “crude and unrefined,” it also means “awkward, clumsy, or unmannerly” and “strange and ungraceful in appearance or form,” which, let’s face it, even with as cute as I am, is kind of fitting.
But anyway, someone called me again today to insinuate that I was uncouth and to ask how, after saying this–
What’s radical about how she voted for the Iraq war, a war that has had devastating consequences for women, both Iraqi and American? What’s radical about using your husband’s job as an argument for your job qualifications? Is there something particularly radical about shopping around for a state that will elect you and moving there, rather than running in a state you’re actually from?
–I will be able to advocate for folks voting for Clinton if she wins the nomination.
First, I don’t think that Clinton’s failings are any worse than any other politicians. Jesse Jackson Jr., for instance, has his job under similar circumstances and, as far as I know, he’s been an interesting and inspiring choice. Hell, President Bush has almost those exact same problems (substituting “father” for “husband”) and he’s President, so I don’t see them as deal-breakers in terms of her fitness as a politician.
I see them as deal-breakers in terms of me accepting Steinem’s characterization of Clinton as some kind of radical.
Second, she’s better than anyone the Republicans are serving up, hands down. Neither she nor anyone in her family has tortured or killed a dog, for instance.
And third, voting for her would bring me great glee. Evil glee, but glee.