Awesome. As one of our commenters said last night, if the conservative coalition’s on its way to cracking up, let’s at least see a few fissures among the Democrats, too.
“Maybe I have liberated us to actually let women be human beings in public,” Hillary Clinton said in reference to her weepy-weepy moment in New Hampshire. Ah, so that’s what happened. It wasn’t that a normal homo sapiens let her emotions get the better of her, being tired and sad and afraid she’d lose an election. No, no. This was a public service. A milestone on the road to gender equality. Let the village celebrate.
The Narrative is already being set in amber. Quoth Susan Estrich: “Beforehand, people said she didn’t deserve the nomination because it was being handed to her. Now she’s like us because in the end nothing gets handed to women.” And some woman in the Times: “I was really pained by the thought that her campaign really was over. I kept thinking that the truth is, a woman — even a woman of her unquestioned intelligence and preparedness — can’t get even a single primary win. It really stung.” Even better:
Michelle Six, 36, a lawyer and John Edwards supporter in Los Angeles, said she was horrified to hear Mr. Obama tell Mrs. Clinton she was “likable enough” in a Democratic debate on Saturday. Ms. Six said she found the line condescending, and an echo of other unkind remarks by other men about women over the years.
The likability question, initially raised by a moderator, “wouldn’t be coming up if she wasn’t a woman,” she said.
The Messiah, a latent misogynist? The surest sign of sensitivities being raised is the nutroots reaction to Chris Matthews, who in the span of two days has pinched off two whoppers: the first that Obama likely lost due to New England’s racism and the second that Hillary owes pretty much her entire political career to the fact that Bill diddled Monica. In Matthews’s “defense,” this is par for the course. No mainstream TV commentator depends as heavily as he does on pop-psych halfwit identity-politics analyses, of which his description of Michael Steele as “childlike” and “unthreatening” and therefore more palatable to America’s supposedly racist south is only the most notorious example. But it’s not just him thinking in these terms now, and Obama can’t afford to let the First Woman President narrative eclipse the First Black President narrative, however noble his restraint in pushing that particular meme has been thus far. Expect more of this as we inch towards South Carolina. The media’s obviously willing to help out — although not as much as if Hillary were a Republican. Otherwise that last link would be getting the full demagogic left-wing “is that a tom tom I hear?” treatment.