By Susan Bordo
A play-by-play of the political forces and media tradition that vilified and eventually introduced down Hillary Clinton in the course of her 2016 Presidential campaign
The Destruction of Hillary Clinton is a solution to the query many were asking: How did a very well-qualified, skilled, and famous candidate—whose victory could were as ancient as Barack Obama's—come to be visible as a device of the institution, a prolonged liar, and a talentless politician?
during this masterful narrative of the 2016 crusade yr and the occasions that led as much as it, Susan Bordo unpacks the rights' attack on Clinton and her acceptance, the way in which the left provoked suspicion and indifference one of the adolescence vote, and the media's extraordinary influence.
pressing, insightful, and engrossing, The Destruction of Hillary Clinton is a vital consultant to realizing the main debatable presidential election in American historical past.
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But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. ” This is the classic dilemma of the “public” woman, and it’s both age old and very current. Step outside the boundaries of appropriately contained feminine behavior and you are likely to be perceived as unstable, shrill, overly aggressive, or overly emotional. ” Golda Meir was called “the only man in the cabinet”; Angela Merkel “the iron Frau”; Elizabeth I of England spent her entire reign trying to walk a tightrope between showing her subjects she had the steely “heart and stomach of a King” while earning their love as the nurturing mother of England.
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I guess that is what radical feminists always wanted to do, but when the Bobbitt syndrome6 hits the only superpower left in the world, it’s not only the Mr. Bobbitts who are in pain. ” The “Bill effect”—for good and for ill—has stayed with Hillary throughout her career. So long as the wives of famous men stay where they belong—in the background—they remain relatively untouched by their husbands’ foibles. But from the beginning, “buy one, get one free” was never “free” for Hillary. The irony of Hillary’s prominence as part of the Clinton power couple was that she paid for all Bill’s mistakes while being minimized by his talents.