Kate replied with a quip of her own about not wanting another blogwar.
The list is as sexist as the last one, for several reasons. Hillary hatred goes beyond partisan-bashing. Hillary hatred has huge amounts of sexism involved. From the first moment it became clear that she was going to be an active First Lady, the howls from people who think that First Ladies should be seen and not heard came out. The screams about how she was not elected president, her husband was, rose to the heavens. Many of these objections came from the same people who ignored the fact that Nancy Reagan was an active part of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. She prevented him from having meetings with world leaders because she believed his horoscope was bad for that particular time. This was documented in books afterwards, and whispered of while he was in office. And I have always felt that his Alzheimer’s disease struck long before we knew about it, and questioned who exactly was running the Reagan presidency during those last years. Reagan’s famous “I don’t recall” answers during Iran-Contra may actually have been true, and not simply dodging the question.
But that’s still only a small part of why the list is sexist. Right wing bloggers couldn’t find a single woman to put on the Best American list. Some even came out and said that no woman “deserved” to be on that list (nicely refuted by Kate). Yet they’ve managed to find two women to go on the Worst Americans list, and threw in one for the honorable mention while they were at it.
While I agree that HRC didn’t deserve to be on the list, I disagree that she’s disliked because she’s a strong woman. I mean, Wonder Woman is quite popular and she could whip Hillary. Ditto Margaret Thatcher, even though she’s got a couple decades on the Rodster.
We don’t like Hil because she’s a hyperpolitical shrew who rode to fame and fortune on the coattails of her husband despite her own obvious talent. And then plays the poor stupid victim who didn’t realize that Bill could be unfaithful. Please. Not to mention cattle futures, the travel office mess, missing documents, the health care fiasco, talking to Eleanor, having always been a Yankee fan growing up in Chicago, not standing by her man, standing by her man, kissing up to Yasir Arafat, and all manner of scandals real and imaginary.
And, no, we generally don’t like First Ladies who get involved in public policymaking. If they want to make public policy, they should run for office. Which HRC did and won subsequently. And, really, there’s virtually no criticism of her for anything she’s done in her capacity as a Senator. And Meryl may be too young to remember, but Nancy Reagan caught hell in the press for all manner of things, down to spending too much money on the White House china. The astrology thing came out in 1988, near the end of her husband’s presidency, and may or may not have had much basis in reality. But she caught hell for that, too.