I had hoped to see a woman president before riding off into the sunset, but if the past election showed me anything it's that there is no woman on earth America would have voted for in 2016.
I thought Hillary was a shoo-in.
I was wrong.
I don't see nor can I think of any women who would change that idea for me in the foreseeable future.
Maybe in 2068 America will finally elect a female president.
I disagree. I believe a woman would have a great chance at being president, just not that woman. People said the same thing about a black man. And had the black man nominated been Al Sharpton, he would have suffered the same fate as Hillary. Obama won because he projected himself well, and he addressed the concerns of people following the financial collapse in 2008. And Obama beat two much better presidential candidates than Donald Trump.
Hillary lost because she carried too much baggage. She just isn't likeable and no matter how much knowledge of policy and foreign affairs a person has, to win the presidency you have to be somewhat likeable. Bush beat Gore in part because Gore came off as a pompous, condescending arse in the debates. Clinton beat Bush Sr. in part because Bush came off looking tired and old on the campaign trail. Bill Clinton has that BS, schmoozer role down to a tee and he came off as the more likeable candidate. His wife is the total opposite. She can probably answer any question you throw at her adequately, but she is like that Aunt in your family that you always go out of the way to avoid as a kid because she is bossy, overbearing, and just not a likeable person. And then there are the scandals. I know she was never convicted of anything, but every time she seems like she is just on that line between legal and illegal. Not unlike Trump at all, but her baggage has been in the news for a lot longer.
Then there was her campaign. It was terrible. Trump made so many mistakes and alienated so many voting blocks that he should have been done early. But after the conventions Hillary's whole campaign seemed to be pointing out how incompetent and dangerous Trump was. Everything she said was about Trump. That played into his strength. Instead of talking to the people about what she could do for them, she told them how bad he was. All that did was solidify the people supporting him. While she was spending her time telling people how dangerous Trump was, he was telling the people of middle America what they wanted to hear. She had the dense population centers of the Northeast and West coast sown up, but ignored all of middle America and the south. She seemed not to realize that the president is elected based on electoral votes and not simply winning big majorities of the popular votes in dense population centers.
I don't think that a woman can't win the presidency as much as it was the woman running couldn't win it. This election was so bad that I actually voted for someone other than the two party candidates for the first time ever, and that stretches back to Carter/Reagan. I too was wrong about this election. I thought that Hillary would win. I figured republicans would wake up the day after the election and realize they nominated the only candidate who could lose to Hillary Clinton. It turned out to be the exact opposite. Hopefully the next woman to run will not be named Hillary Clinton. That will be a plus for her from the start.
Edited by cprenegade, 17 February 2017 - 01:30 AM.