Posted Friday morning, December 1, 2017.
Wednesday night Mrs M went to Strand Books where Hillary and Chelsea Clinton were holding a joint signing of their new children’s picture books, It Takes a Village and She Peristed. There’s a nice picture of Mrs M waiting in line at the Hillary’s table to get her copy of It Takes A Village signed. But that photo’s going into the family album (and also up on Facebook, naturally). This is the picture Mrs M would like to go viral…
The political press corps, in its collective vanity, thinks the primary constituency of every candidate for president is…the political press corps. And since those prima donnas disliked her intensely, they couldn’t imagine anyone else liking her, let alone loving her and being inspired by her. They were more impressed by the mobs of angry old white men screaming for Trump and the gangs of angry young white men bawling for Bernie than they were by the crowds of mature, intelligent, angry but with it under control, the way adults handle emotions, women of all colors cheering her on. They were more put off by the slogan I’m With Her, which meant only that her supporters saw her as leading a charge they were all taking part in---had been taking part in their whole lives---and overly smitten with Make America Great Again and Change You Can Believe In, both of which basically meant, “I’m going to do lots of stuff for you, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”
The prominent anti-Clinton journalists and pundits who directed the narrative their less prominent colleagues dutifully followed refused to acknowledge the historic and revolutionary nature of her campaign. A major party had finally nominated a woman as its standard bearer and she was, until a sad unfortunate series of events that they didn’t foresee but helped bring about, on the brink of being elected the first female President of the United States. That was the news of the last election season, but they insisted it was emails.
We now have a better idea where some of the press corps’ hostility was coming from. (Cf. Halperin, Wieseltier, Thrush, Rose, Lauer, and a list of company I'm sure is going to expand). Sexism---and outright misogyny, not too mention gynophobia---infected much of their coverage. Then there’s the fact her last name is Clinton, a crime, in their eyes, in and of itself. But I also still hold with my longstanding theory: they hate her for the reason they hate Democrats and liberals on principle. She won’t let them pretend politics is just a game and people’s lives and livelihoods aren’t at stake. Implicit in the title of It Takes a Village is that some children don’t get raised, by the village or anyone. No wonder they wish she would shut up and go away.
Bernie die-hards naturally wish she would shut up and go away because her presence is a constant reminder that most Democrats didn’t like Bernie as much as they did or think he’d make a good president able to bring about the Revolution that would end all their unhappiness and make them the coolest kids at school.
Republicans are ambivalent about it. On the one hand, she’s a constant reminder both that Trump lost the popular vote and he’s her great inferior in terms of character, intelligence, temperament, spirit, and morality. On the other hand, she still makes the suckers spitting mad and keeping them riled up, with their anger and resentment focused on her, keeps them voting and donating. And while they’re busy chanting Lock Her Up, they aren’t paying attention to the criminal enterprise doing business out of the Oval Office and that will inevitably end with members of Our Mr President Trump’s inner circle and his family locked up.
It would be nice if Trump himself would wind up locked up too---orange is his color---but I’ll settle for his being driven from office in disgrace and Malania’s having to drag him from the roof edge atop Trump Tower.
Meanwhile, this picture is why she won’t shut up and go away. Why she shouldn’t shut up and go away.
Hillary’s book, It Takes a Village, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and Chelsea’s She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, are available at Amazon and from the Stand Bookstore.
By the way, Mrs M is donating both her copies to the classroom library of the third grade class where Oliver is student teach this semester.
Photo courtesy of Strand Books.