Unqualified

7 04 2016


So, up until now I’ve been pulling for Clinton but I hadn’t been rooting against Sanders. There’s a lot about his ideas that I like and the spirit of his campaign was, for a time, admirable. Each time he won a primary I thought, “oh, good for him!”, because I really was happy that someone so far left was gaining traction. Each time Clinton won, I felt torn. For as happy as I was for her primary wins, I just couldn’t bring myself to celebrate his losses. Until now. Fuck Sanders. Fuck him and his unyielding descent into the bowels of right-wing anti-woman dog-whistling tone-deaf short-sighted win-at-all-costs sub-partisan self-indulgent Chernobyl-level toxic attacks. I hope he goes down in f-l-a-m-e-s.

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8 04 2016
David J. Bauman

Oh come on. She starts the attack and says “he didn’t do his home work,” says he didn’t seem to know what he was talking about. She didn’t use the word “unqualified,” she kept dodging Scarborough’s question, but she certainly implied it, and her campaign even said they were out to “disqualify” him. Her answering without seeming to answer was enough for the Washington Post to get her message and post the headline “Clinton questions whether Sanders is qualified to be president.” Even CNN reported: “The campaign’s deputy communications director, Christina Reynolds, argued that Sanders is unqualified.”
If you watched the interview, let’s be honest, she drew the fire on this one, and then stepped back as if she were the victim, just because she didn’t use the exact word–still, we all know that’s exactly what she meant.

8 04 2016
RallyGrrrl

Yes, let’s be honest. She didn’t say it. He did – repeatedly, to a crowd, during a scripted speech. Not only that, but he had an huge opportunity to label it a gaffe and instead he doubled down on it.

Implying something without saying it requires nuance and craft. It’s part of what distinguishes a seasoned politician from someone who’s green.

Also, being unaware (or unconcerned) that the term “unqualified” has a special connotation when used about women points to a serious lack of feminist creds on Sanders’ part.

9 04 2016
David J. Bauman

Oh, so let’s make up an issue here that has nothing to do with what he said. He never once implied that her lack of qualifications had anything to do with being a woman. Feminism has nothing to do with her vote for the Iraq war, and maybe little to do with bailing out Wall Street, but it certainly has a lot to do with DOMA. But I got it. I see where you are coming from. Not from the issues at all. The issues that Hillary says she’d like to talk about. It doesn’t matter that he’s been adamantly and respectively more pro-choice and women’s rights for longer than anyone in the race. She artfully avoids the word unqualified while at the same time saying he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

“he hadn’t done his homework, and he’d been talking for more than a year about doing things he obviously hadn’t really studied understood. That does raise a lot of questions.”
And, “the core issue in his whole campaign doesn’t seem to be rooted in an understanding of either the law or the practical ways you get something done.”

Even her fans at the Washington Post and CNN knew that those words mean she is saying “He’s unqualified.”

So if you are so concerned about his “sensitivities,” how about you check hers? How about the way she said in 2008, “We’re winning hard working Americans. We’re winning white Americans!” Or how she tosses a young black woman out of her fundraiser, then turns to the crowd of rich white guys and says, “Now back to the issues.” Or the young black woman who disagreed with her, and so Hillary condescendingly said, “Then why don’t you go run for something, dear?”

But she’s a woman, right, so she can disrespect young black women, and the entire gay community when in an effort to pander to the republican electorate at Nancy Reagan’s funeral she credited the Regans with starting “starting the national conversation on HIV/AIDS?”

I’m not buying it.

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