Hillary Clinton’s Equal Opportunity Disappointment

Hillary Clinton Crying PhotoGeorge Will‘s latest column is entitled “The Prize Clinton Isn’t Owed.”

Women, we are told by some people who say they know them, are not amused. Women, or at least those whose consciousnesses have been properly raised, supposedly think that the impatience being expressed about the protracted futility of Hillary Clinton’s campaign is disrespectful. They say that if the roles were reversed — if Barack Obama’s delegate arithmetic were as hopeless as hers — people would not be so insensitive as to try to hurry a man off the stage.

But they would. And some people, claiming to speak for African Americans, would be explaining that African Americans find it all disrespectful. In identity politics, ritualized indignation about imagined affronts is highly choreographed and hence predictable.

In America, however, nothing ages as fast as novelty, and efforts to encourage Clinton to pack it in are heartening evidence that the novelty has worn off: The female candidate is like all other candidates. This is what equality looks like — life as an equal-opportunity dispenser of disappointments.

Indeed.

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  1. floyd says:

    George Will, absolutely BRILLIANT as always!!