Skip to comments.Will the 2020 female candidates be spared the Hillary Clinton 'likable enough' BS?
Posted on 01/04/2019 2:11:55 PM PST by simpson96
McSweeney's had a wry, Onion-like tongue-in-cheek response to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) entering the 2020 presidential arena: "I Don't Hate Women Candidates I Just Hated Hillary And Coincidentally I'm Starting To Hate Elizabeth Warren." But it was anchored in reality.
"The 2020 presidential campaign is expected to include the largest field ever of female candidates, all of them campaigning in the wake of the defeat of the first female nominee of a major party," say Annie Linskey and David Weigel at The Washington Post. And like Warren, they'll probably all "feel compelled to come up with an answer" to a question "asked of female candidates and rarely of men: 'Is she "likable" enough to be president? Others put it another, potentially more devastating, way: Is she too much like Hillary Clinton to be the nominee?'"
Warren and the other potential 2020 women Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) differ significantly from Clinton in age, personality, policies, and life stories, but "the women looking at White House campaigns continue to shoulder gendered criticism and demands not placed on their male counterparts," the Post says. And for the Democratic women, they may have their own preliminary primary: "Demonstrating they're not Hillary Clinton nothing like her! before they earn the nod to take on Trump."
On the other hand, the #MeToo movement changed how women campaign in 2018, and there may be strength in numbers. "With more women in the race you're less likely to become a caricature of ambition and more likely to have your qualities come to the fore and be examined," Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's 2016 communications director, tells Axios. Warren's already facing the "likability" question, she added to the Post, but
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Gee, why would they have a problem with people deciding if they're 'likable'? Lol...
With men, it's the "Is he the type of guy that you'd like to sit down and have a beer with?" question ...
Short answer: NO
If you are a Democrat, a woman, and elected to something, that pretty much 100% pegs you as a b*tch.
Go ahead. Remind every man in America of his ex-wife.
This is reverse sexism - we are supposed to like Hillary because she’s female, and overlook the corruption and condescending behavior.
Typical leftist drivel.
Leftist women tend to be embarrassingly stupid. Yet they manage to win elections. Presumably, that is because the dem/socialist electorate is as embarrassingly stupid as the candidates.
Likeability has become an important factor for Democrats since, with the exceptions of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrats no longer make policy pronouncements on issues.
In 2016, Bernie Sanders proposed free college tuition for every American — yet Hillary Clinton never stood up and took the opposite position. So there was no debate on that or any other issue. Which left “likeability” the principal criterion for judging Hillary.
You’d think that potential candidates like Elizabeth Warren, who seems even more unlikeable than Hillary, would have learned to offer something — a promise to nationalize the U.S. banking system if elected, for example — besides likeability of which she has so little.
The Left would love to nationalize the banking system. So the first Democratic presidential candidate who offers to do so will soar into prominence and become the star of the primary season.
Will any of the 20-plus Democratic hopefuls promise to do such a thing or anything similar? Maybe Bernie Sanders will come through. Otherwise, the 20-plus hopefuls are likely to engage in a year-and-a-half-long mean-spirited mudslinging contest among themselves to try to establish their superior likeability compared to their opponents.
Yes, and yes.
All sweetness and light, that one.
Just a lovable, huggable gran’ma.
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