It’s over for Donald Trump. He was already limping from many self-inflicted wounds by the time PussyGate broke. And what was left of his candidacy, Hillary Clinton masterfully destroyed in the final debate – calmly baiting him till his head exploded.
But it would have been much better for feminism, I argue in my latest Week column, if Hillary had lost to a good man rather than win against a bad one. The notion that women are as capable as men of occupying high office is now firmly entrenched in the zeitgeist. A female U.S. president was a question of when not if. So feminists could have waited for a less flawed candidate.
But, I note:
The conundrum for feminists is that if they ask Clinton to reconcile her actions and positions, they risk exposing her hypocrisy and making her vulnerable in the face of an intolerable alternative. But if they don’t, they end up undermining their own credibility and effectiveness. They can’t even acknowledge that Clinton cannot use the bully pulpit to make sexual assault a big issue of her presidency. Most men would have been able to do more if they chose.
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