She's baaack. Hillary Clinton is making the rounds on all the major television programs to explain in her new book, What Happened, why she didn't win the 2016 presidential election. She has plenty of theories, but one in particular stands out: She's a woman. And, well, voters just don't like women.
According to Clinton, sexism and misogyny are "endemic" in our culture, as she told Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday morning. Supposedly, we just can't handle a woman president.
But that wasn't the worst of it. In a later interview, this time with NPR, Clinton explained why white women in particular voted against her: They caved to pressure from the men in their lives! She then quotes Facebook executive-turned gender equality warrior Sheryl Sandberg, who told Clinton that "the more professionally successful a man is, the more likable he is; the more professionally successful a woman is, the less likable she is."
Ah, now it all makes sense. Phew.
Relaying Sandberg's counsel, Clinton says, "Women will have no empathy for you because they will be under tremendous pressure — and I'm talking principally about white women — they will be under tremendous pressure from fathers, and husbands, and boyfriends and male employers, not to vote for ‘the girl.'"
You've got to be kidding me. What planet are you feminists on? If there's any pressure to be had in a marriage, it's men who feel it. If they don't do what their wife wants or expects, they'll be sleeping on the couch.
Or is it that all those white women, women such as myself out here in middle America, just can't think for ourselves — because if we could, obviously we'd vote for the woman. Obviously!
See, that's the difference between white women like Clinton and white women like me who represent the 53 percent that didn't vote for Clinton: We don't vote for candidates based on their sex. And we don't put politics above principles.
We vote for who we feel will be the best person for the job. Period.
And Sandberg is wrong. Neither we, nor the men in our lives, have any problem with women being leaders. Right off the top of my head, I can think of many female politicians who would fit the bill perfectly. Clinton just doesn't fit.
So I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Clinton's sex has nothing to do with why she lost.
Hillary: You lost because, well, because you're you.
Suzanne Venker (@SuzanneVenker) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. She is an author, Fox News contributor, and trustee of Leading Women for Shared Parenting. Her fifth book, "The Alpha Female's Guide to Men & Marriage: HOW LOVE WORKS," was published in February.
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