Monday, April 04, 2005

Someday a Woman Will Be President, but Gov. Bredesen Says: Not Now, Not Hillary


Update: Later in the week, this piece will be published in Freedom Press, Nashville's very cool weekly LGBT newspaper. Go check it out now.


In an interview featured in The Times of UK, the Democratic Governor of the red state of Tennessee expressed his views on the anticipated presidential candidacy of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

The Governor was rather blunt: "I sure hope there are other people who would step forward." Bredesen added that he thinks "people are really hunting around and looking for something different." In his view, when the right candidate is found the Democratic Party will get organized and excited, but: "We just haven't had that person yet."

The Governor himself has been named as a possible contender for the 2008 presidential race.

Bredesen cannot be too happy with the Sunday Times story which is headlined: Southern Revolt on the Ascent of Hillary and refers to his remarks about Sen. Clinton as a "calculated snub." The reporter suggests that this interview with the international press is likely the result of Bredesen's own presidential ambitions.

In a telling move, the millionaire Governor attempted to align himself with the working class. The Harvard graduate charged that the Democratic Party has been taken over by intellectuals.

Bredesen knows that Americans don't like intellectuals. In the U.S., a college education is reserved for a minority of the population; a mere 25% of Americans hold college degrees. It's also true that there is no shortage of intellectuals in the Republican Party, they just don't occupy the White House. Bredesen governs a state that comes in at #43 in the ranking of states by college degrees.

The Governor said that the Democratic Party has “somehow gotten itself divorced from the blue-collar constituency it has always relied on for presidential success.”

In red states like Tennessee, the blue collar constituency is often the working poor. While it may make sense for the Governor to play to the large working class or working poor population so often found in red states like Tennessee, the Democrat is not exactly a champion for the rights of the working class or the poor.

Under his administration, both workers' compensation and healthcare are taking hits. Among other things, the Governor plans to cut 323,000 persons from the state's healthcare plan for the poor, the disabled, the elderly and otherwise medically needy.

There is also some talk in the Times story about guns. The story doesn't mention it but during Bredesen's 2000 campaign, he did a photo-op while engaged in the manly sport of Dove killing. All decked out in the latest Great White Macho Hunter fashion, he was featured as fearless Dove Slayer in virtually every newspaper in the state.

The working class that Bredesen would align himself with does include a rather famous contingent of white male voters who are less than happy with a party that champions women's rights. Actually, they are less than happy with anyone who questions gender. Bredesen's "calculated snub" is also a calculated play to the angry white male voters who would never vote for a woman, or anyone else who questions traditional gender roles.

While numerous other nations have voted women into the highest office in the land, the U.S. has not. In the U.S., the highest office is still stuck in the first principle of masculinity. Like masculinity, the U.S. presidency is all about being anything but female . . anything but feminine . . anything but a sissy . . anything but a wimp.

The good old boys don't like Hillary Clinton. They don't like any ambitious women. Bredesen asserts that Sen. Clinton "would face an 'uphill road' to win the White House." Presumably there is a Democrat out there somewhere who will have an easy time of it.

We've heard it before, we'll hear it again. Someday a woman will be president . . . but these are especially dangerous times . . . someday a woman will be president . . . but it's too risky right now . . . someday a woman will be president . . . but this time there's too much at stake . . . someday a woman will be president . . . but not now . . .



17 comments:

  1. "The good old boys don't like Hillary Clinton. They don't like any ambitious women."

    Duh. Actually, 'frighten' or 'terrified' [of ambitious women] would have been better words to use.

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  2. Anonymous8:34 AM

    LOL! There's NOTHING we'd rather see than Hitlery become the candidate for 2008! We thought it was Christmas when Dean became DNC chair, it'll be like July 4th and our birthdays all rolled into one! Please, please, please! If you NEVER do anything else that conservatives ask, PLEASE nominate Hitlery as your candidate!

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  3. I fail to see any likeness between Hillary Clinton and Hitler in any aspect of personality or politics. I guess this is one of the down sides of not paying attention to history. That being said, a female president is way overdue. We DO have too many men and women in this country afraid at the prospect. Yes, a lot of our women have been taught to hate their own in order to please their men. I hear too many sexist jokes when the subject comes up...and it's not just from men's mouths. So we have some work to do.

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  4. You're right, a female president is long overdue.

    Condolezza Rice 2008!

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  5. You're right, a female president is long overdue.

    Condolezza Rice 2008!

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  6. Anonymous11:53 AM

    overdue? why? is she pregnant?

    Fact it. You won't have a female president until you have one who is on the side of a majority of voters. It works much in the same way that male candidates win, except for the fact that they are women. So far, there hasn't been a woman to come along that people agree with on issues that are important to them. If you concentrate on gender, then you give the issues a low priority.

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  7. brightblue1:36 PM

    Yeah funny jb, but what party do you think would nominate Rice? If you think she would survive the GOP primaries, you need to adjust your meds. Her association with Bush is not enough to overcome the latent and overt racism and sexism of the GOP base.

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  8. Anonymous5:08 PM

    But if you REALLY want a woman, why would you be against Condolezza Rice?

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  9. "Anonymous", read this article if you want to know the answer to that question about Condoleeza rice: http://bringingdownhope.blogspot.com/


    And please, enlighten us with how Hillary Clinton is like Hitler. Oh wait, "Hitlery" is just something you are parroting from the idiots on talk radio. Try to use your own brain for once, even if you are too scared to post under your real identity.

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  10. Anonymous6:51 PM

    Oh...so it IS issues that people vote for, not gender...I already knew that!

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  11. Duh. Actually, 'frighten'or 'terrified' [of ambitious women] would have been better words to use.

    You got me there. I'll try to do better next time. :)

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  12. There's NOTHING we'd rather see than Hitlery become the candidate for 2008!

    Keep on holding on to the delusion that these dark days will last forever; your fall will only be that much harder.

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  13. "Yeah funny jb, but what party do you think would nominate Rice? If you think she would survive the GOP primaries, you need to adjust your meds. Her association with Bush is not enough to overcome the latent and overt racism and sexism of the GOP base."

    Ah brightblue, thank you for saying that. I liked it so much I duplicated it here.

    Like the Republican party is going to run a Black woman for prez. LOL

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  14. Kit, yes, many women still buy the myth of male superiority. We need to get women's studies into grade schools. Can't some of the blue state people get this done during these dark days? Or must we wait until they clear?

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  15. "Try to use your own brain for once, even if you are too scared to post under your real identity."

    I don't think he has either one of those things.

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  16. Anonymous3:10 PM

    hm. yeah. so the he pretty much says that us 'murkins don't care fer dem smart people and really don't care for any uppity women who think they're better than anyone else and have all these aspirations to great things...and this reflects positively on all americans how?

    makes us all (no matter what our political affiliation) sound like a bunch of dumbass yokels who prefer the likes of that guy from 'oh brother where are thou?' who's frothing at the end, "is you is, or is you ain't my con-stitu-ency?!?". damn straight we don't want no wimmins thinking they take over the last job that has only ever been held by males. they should just realize that all they can aspire to will always be less than a man.

    that would be sarcasm on my part. by the way. not that i think the GOP would really put Rice on the ticket, but if they did, no, i wouldn't vote for her. even though i want to see a woman be president. that's not hypocrisy or a big "ah, ha!", that's just the way it is. i'll vote for a woman candidate based on the same reasons i would vote for a male president. why not vote for leeza? because she lied and i don't agree w/ her politics.

    i'm also not necessarily in love with Hillary. but that's b/c i need to know more about her. most people only know of her and relate her to what they know of her husband. all the wingers avow hatred for her, but can never tell me why. b/c he cheated on her? is that why we're supposed to hate her? as far as her leadership, the majority of NY'ers love her. even tho she was met w/ great hesitation and angst over the clinton-hype residue.

    it never ceases to amaze me how the same people who say they vote on the issues and the person, are the same people who hated gore and hillary for apparently no other reason than b/c of bill. when challenged, i've never had any of them argue the actual issues w/ me. they always go straight for, well bill got a blow job and lied about it. so? that's not gore and it's not hillary. what do they know about them, and why do they hate them so much? do they even know why they hate them? i mean, hell, if they hate them b/c bill lied, then surely they should hate laura and dick and the rest of them. cus they've all lied. but then, it never really was about lies, was it?

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  17. Anonymous10:36 AM

    That's what I said! If you hate Dub because he lied, you really must hate Bub...

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