When DOES a woman win an election?

I really thought it would be when Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina Democratic Presidential primary by nearly 50 points, but no.

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Clinton’s turnout was a bit less than Barack Obama’s in 2008:

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And Bernie Sanders had a, shall we say, less than stellar showing in South Carolina on Saturday night:

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But I guess Hillary Clinton is a failure because, wait for it, Bernie Sanders didn’t do well in South Carolina.

Wow, apparently women are not only responsible for their own electoral performance, but also that of the men they are running against!

6 responses to “When DOES a woman win an election?

  1. Anyway you spin it, Democratic voter turnout is a big problem and will be for whoever eventually claims the Democratic nomination.

  2. “But I guess Hillary Clinton is a failure because, wait for it, Bernie Sanders didn’t do well in South Carolina. ”

    No, Hillary’s an undesirable candidate because she consistently does the opposite of what she promises to Progressives; because she’s overwhelmingly vague on what she may have accomplished in her career; and because her positions are neoliberal on economic policy and neoconservative on foreign affairs.

    That won’t change in the event her subterfuge succeeds in her capturing the nomination.

    Can she beat Trump? That’s highly doubtful.

  3. “Wow, apparently women are not only responsible for their own electoral performance, but also that of the men they are running against!”

    Aren’t you trying to have it both ways? Total turnout was down by over 150,000 voters from 2008. So, you can emphasize the margin by which Clinton won as a measure of her support. That’s fine. But when you say that the 150,000 no shows were all Sanders voters, you cut against that, because if they’d all shown up, it would be a far less impressive margin of victory. So, do you want to say Clinton had 75% support in South Carolina, or do you want to say all the no shows were Sanders supporters? It can’t be both. Wouldn’t you be better off saying that Clinton had 75% support and acknowledging that turnout was a problem? Do you really want to say that all the no shows were Sanders supporters?

  4. It’s not just “dudes” that are against HRC.

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/dnc-vice-chair-resigns-endorses-sanders-blasts-clintons-interventionist-regime-change

    If we all voted based on gender we’d have a Palin POTUS.

    I’ll be with you 100% when Elizabeth Warren runs. There is no other possible candidate I’d support more than Warren.

  5. When HRC says she’s proud of the way she served her constituents as a US Senator, I believe her.

    Because she was the Senator from New York, and her constituents were Wall Street and banks.

    It’s not about women vs. men, and it’s insulting to voters to frame the discussion as such.