New York Feminists for Peace has published a statement in support of Barack Obama and signed by 100 feminists. So far as I’m concerned, that’s all good. Many good women, good feminists, support Barack Obama and I understand why they do. The Huffington Post has an article about the statement and signatures which I visited because I was getting incoming links to yesterday’s Robin Morgan post from the HuffPo comments thread. I definitely don’t appreciate the rather jubilant tone of the article: “Feminist Leaders Oppose Hillary.” When some group decides to support a candidate, how often do we see the candidate they don’t support included in the headline? “NRA Supports Bush, Opposes Gore.” “NOW Supports Gore, Opposes Bush.” Clearly, if you support one candidate, you don’t support the others. The point of this headline, though, is to highlight the fact that even feminists oppose Hillary Clinton. See, she’s such a loser, even the group she has seemed to be a member of doesn’t want her! See, even feminists don’t want her, even though she would be the first woman President of the United States! When you get right down to it, nobody wants a woman president, not really, not even feminists! That is the subtext. I’d expect that in the WaPo, I sure don’t expect it in the HuffPo. Come on. Of course some feminists are going to support Obama. And some are going to support MacKinney. And some are going to support Kucinich, whether he dropped out or not. And some are going to support me. So what.
So that HuffPo article was irritating. But the accompanying links were despicable, to wit:
The Swamp reports:
Sen. Hillary Clinton teared up this morning at an event at the Yale Child Study Center, where she worked while in law school in the early 1970s.
Penn Rhodeen, who was introducing Clinton, began to choke up, leading Clinton’s eyes to fill with tears, which she wiped out of her left eye. At the time, Rhodeen was saying how proud he was that sheepskin-coat, bell-bottom-wearing young woman he met in 1972 was now running for president.
“Well, I said I would not tear up; already we’re not exactly on the path,” Clinton said with emotion after the introduction.
USA Today adds:
At the Yale Child Study Center where Clinton once worked, she was introduced by her former boss Penn Rhodeen before a roundtable on the difficulties faced by working mothers. “You were all in purple,” Rhodeen said of their first meeting, “from your sheepskin coat to your bell-bottoms. You looked wonderful and so 1972.”
Clinton, who today was wearing a yellow and black ensemble, welled up at Rhodeen’s reference to “our magnificent Hillary.”
“I said I would not tear up today,” Clinton remarked. Kathy writes that the senator blinked back the evidence with a smile. […]
Kathy tells us that this morning’s moment had a different feel: “She wasn’t sad. Just moved by a nice tribute.”
Once again, why this obscene fascination with Hillary crying? Note all of those links to additional articles featuring the latest tear or quivering lip sightings.