Why I Like Hillary Clinton
I have a white male friend who is all agog over Obama. He has no logical reason for this other than the fact that Obama is "inspiring" to him. Funny, I have yet to meet a left-wing man who is similarly agog over Hillary Clinton.
I'm not anti-Obama at all, but I'm getting tired of the Obama love-fest. Why? Because, while Obama speaks a lot of pretty words during his speeches, I don't really have a sense as to his underlying intelligence or character.
I'm also getting tired of hearing that women are only voting for Hillary "because of" her gender.
Let me explain something. Hillary's gender is more than just a "I need to vote for a women" thing for me. For the first time in my lifetime, there's actually a presidential candidate that I can relate to. I can relate to Hillary. Not just because she's a woman and I'm a woman. That's a given.
The reason I relate to Hillary is because I consider myself to a similarly-minded smart woman who has gotten a lot of grief for being outspoken and smart. I know what it's like to be smart but not have the more shallow people skills that make you "popular." Hillary is like that. She's the nerd who has to struggle to be understood, while Obama is the slick popular kid who knows how to win people on his side through sheer charm.
Hillary is probably the candidate up there with the highest IQ of them all, but does anyone give her credit for that? I truly feel that a lot of Hillary's critics aren't really bashing her out of logic, they are bashing her out of an emotional reaction to seeing a strong woman take center stage.
And it's not just threatened men who bash Hillary. The women who seem to despise Hillary are the same women who seem to despise women who are independent. These are the women who think that women should get married as soon as possible, quit working, and spend the rest of their lives serving their husband who is king of the home castle.
Certainly, we can argue rightfully that Hillary in part got to her position of power by marrying well, but we all know that she and Bill have been a team from day one. Bill would not have made it to president without her. (And that, perhaps, could be said of all male presidents in history.)
"Behind every great man is a great women," the saying goes. Perhaps it's about time we acknowledge the power of the great woman behind the man, and give her a chance to stand up in front on her own.
I hope Hillary wins and becomes our first female president. It would be a victory for all smart, outspoken women in America.