Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dear Hillary Clinton: Advice from a supporter

Sarah Gassen at the Daily Star offers advice to Clinton.

... Secretary Clinton, you have my support at this point.

But we need to talk about a couple of things.

You seem to think it’s amusing that many Democrats consider you as “The Establishment” candidate. In the last debate you seemed incredulous that anyone would consider a woman running for president part of “the establishment.”

Consider it a victory that people — women, specifically — are evaluating you as a candidate, as a person, first. Women shouldn’t vote for you because you’re a woman. Women should vote for you because you’re the best person to lead the country.

It has to be frustrating for you and your supporters to see that young women don’t seem to understand, or feel a debt to, the generation of women who’ve spent their lives fighting for equality. To these younger women, it’s not extraordinary that a woman could president. Why couldn’t she?

But with friends like former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (“there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other”) weighing in on the presumed obligation of women to support a woman candidate, you’re hurting yourself.

Were we supposed to vote for Carly Fiorina because she’s a woman? Didn’t think so.

In the romance that is presidential politics, no one wants to feel taken for granted or have our intelligence insulted.

You have a good case to make. Make it. Instead of telling young women they’re wrong for supporting Sanders, and countering defensively that you have young women supporters, too, embrace their passion for change. Acknowledge that as a woman who has fought for women’s progress for decades, you’re glad they’re involved and making their own choices.

Embrace these young women. Because, hopefully, come November you’ll need them.

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