Like her or not, Hillary Clinton may be a cure for political apathy
America is often described as an increasingly divided nation, and when it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton, that couldn’t be truer. A recent poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News found her negative rating to be just two points less than her positive rating, at 41 and 43 percent respectively.
The point, though, is that people care about Clinton — and that’s usually the case whenever there’s a woman on the ballot, according to a new study.
Researchers at Arizona State University reported a demonstrable link between women senators and women’s political engagement. When women voters are represented by senators of their gender, they are more likely to vote, donate to a candidate, belong to a political organization, or get other people “to vote for a particular candidate.”
People don’t care about Hillary. I am not completely dismissing the findings of the study, but if they apply to Hillary 2016 why didn’t they apply in 2008, when she was fresh off of being a senator?
The press, bless their hearts, is doing all it can to make a thoroughly unlikable woman something that she couldn’t be if given another twenty elections to practice. I live in West L.A./Santa Monica. I can’t walk ten feet without seeing “Obama/Biden” stickers from 2008 and 2012 on cars. In the past several months, I’ve encountered maybe two Hillary supporters. In fact, I was seeing Elizabeth Warren bumper stickers a year before I ever saw any “Ready For Hillary” stuff.
They have to keep spinning a tale about Mrs. Clinton because that’s what they’ve been doing all along. That’s how the dutiful wife of a philandering husband who shut up so he wouldn’t lose his job became a feminist icon.