The Democrat presidential primary field continues to thin; in just the past four days, three contenders — Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee and Joe Biden — have announced they won’t proceed with their presidential runs.
That leaves presumed Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton with just two main rivals: Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Martin O’Malley. Now, fresh off her performance (and it was indeed a performance) in yesterday’s House Select Committee hearing on Benghazi, Hillary Clinton’s come out swinging at her main rival Bernie Sanders.
And, naturally, she’s playing the sex card.
Via Business Insider:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called out Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Friday over his request that politicians “stop shouting” about gun control.
During a speech at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Conference, Clinton implied that Sanders’ comments may even have had a sexist tinge.
“I’ve been told to, and I quote, ‘stop shouting’ about gun violence. First of all I’m not shouting. It’s just sometimes when women talk people think we’re shouting,” Clinton said, as the audience applauded.
“And second, I will not be silent, because we will not be silenced. Not by the gun lobby, not by the size of this challenge, not by any of it. Stopping gun violence is worth fighting for.”
Despite Sanders’ fiery rhetoric on a number of campaign issues, the senator has a more moderate record on gun control relative to many Democrats. He was pressed to defend that record at the first Democratic debate last week.
“All the shouting in the world is not going to do what all of us want and that is keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have those guns,” Sanders responded. “What we need to do is bring our people together to stop the shouting, to pass sensible gun control legislation.”
Of course, her campaign has already turned this into a meme to fire up her base. But it makes some of us simply want to throw up.
Hillary on those who tell her to “stop shouting” on issues that matter. pic.twitter.com/pmZ4FJihvH
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 23, 2015
Personally, I don’t really think Bernie Sanders was singling out women in general — or Hillary Clinton in particular — when he cited the “shouting” about gun control. Though, in Hillary’s defense, when the world revolves around you — as it does for the Queen — it’s understandable you’d assume his comment was directed at you.
As a woman, I’m sick and tired of Hillary Clinton and her supporters trying to “connect” with me on so-called “women’s issues.” It’s not even just that Hillary’s not the champion of women she pretends to be. (Millennials may be too young to remember the likes of Kathleen Willey and others, who were targeted by the Clintons in their attempt to silence and discredit these women who dared to cross them. Willey goes so far now as to accuse Clinton herself of a “war on women.”) Hillary Clinton doesn’t fool me for a second into thinking she gives a rat’s patootie about women other than herself or her cronies.
But even more than that, I’m an American and I want a president who represents all of us Americans — not just select special interest groups. In my opinion, we’ve got some pretty big fish to fry that have absolutely nothing to do with my sex. Like fighting back the expansion of some of the worst evil we’ve seen crossing the globe since Hitler — and headed to our shores as we speak. Like reinvigorating a stalled-out economy that is probably MUCH worse than we know due to all the propping up the Feds have been doing. And like reclaiming the foundational freedoms established in our Constitution that continue to be chipped away by the current administration.
I want to elect as our next president the person best qualified to lead us in solving these great challenges and uniting the incredibly fractured nation we’ve become. Sure, I will absolutely cheer the day a woman becomes POTUS. And I know there are many outstanding and incredibly talented women in this nation who could be an incredible leader for our republic (and, IMHO, Hillary ain’t one of them). But I’ll be voting on the candidates’ qualifications — not their sex.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]