Chelsea Clinton thinks America should elect her mother president because she’s a woman, or at least that’s what I gather from the former First Kid’s interview with Elle Magazine. As Chelsea explained, “[W]hen you ask about the importance of having a woman president, absolutely it’s important, for, yes, symbolic reasons — symbols are important…[O]ne of our core values in this country is that we are the land of equal opportunity, but when equal hasn’t yet included gender, there is a fundamental challenge there that, I believe, having our first woman president — whenever that is— will help resolve.”
Yeah, “whenever that is.” Translation: Vote for my mom because she’s a chick and it’s getting a little embarrassing that we haven’t had one of those in the Oval Office yet.
As campaign slogans go, it’s a dud; but I’ll give her an “A” for effort because I see what she’s doing and it’s really quite clever. She’s setting the tone for the next presidential election, making it about gender when it should really be about issues. Her mother employed very much the same tactic in 2008 when she tried to make her seemingly inevitable election into a historic “first” for women. Her hopes were dashed when a (half) black guy hijacked the oppression narrative and ran away with the nomination. His blackness trumped her femininity.
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