Women manage (and mismanage) some of the largest US corporations. There are female four-star generals. American women even just won the right (lamentably) to be eviscerated and un-limbed on the front lines along with their male counterparts.* In recent years, women have earned most of the undergraduate degrees, as well as most of the doctorates awarded by US universities. Women own most of the wealth in America and they control most of the votes. “Women only earn 70 cents (or 80 cents) to men’s one dollar.” May be true but meaningless. (Ask me.) A glass ceiling?
I am well connected in conservative milieus and even with political reactionaries (“dead white men”) and yet, I don’t know a single man who objects to a female president. As a mental exercise, try to imagine the reaction of male conservatives if Condoleeza Rice were to suddenly announce that she is running for president!
Mrs Bill Clinton had many opportunities to achieve on behalf of the United States. In fact, she accomplished nothing as a Senator and nothing positive as Secretary of State. It’s no thing. She is like the typical bureaucrat who keeps being promoted precisely because he did not undertake anything since any undertaking may fail and land you in trouble. That’s what is meant when supporters refer to her “credentials.”
Mrs Clinton is not shattering any glass ceiling but she does possess remarkable qualities. First she seems immune to the consequences of strong evidence of personal malfeasance that would land anyone else in Club Fed. This can come in handy. Second, she is a starling example of American upward vertical mobility. With no discernible marketable skills, from two-bit lawyers, she and her husbands amassed more than a quarter billion (B) dollars since 2003 simply by giving speeches. At least, she has the common decency to refuse to divulge the text of the 40 minute addresses to corporations for which she was paid $250,000 a shot. If she is elected, I hope she will put this financial talent in the service of reducing the national debt that doubled under Pres. Obama.
Mrs Clinton did shine as a first lady by putting out several brush fires set by evil women trying to destroy her husband’s career.
I don’t know if Mrs Bill Clinton’s supporters are in denial or simply lying. It may matter on the margin. (But elections are often won or lost on the margin.) I am sorry some of her most effective opposition will come from heart-broken Sanders supporters who have bought into the socialist delusion. I feel bad about this. I feel responsible. I and the rationalist element in my generation have failed to demonstrate to the next generation that nothing much matters when your economy has a high rate of growth. Simple messages are difficult to convey. It’s not over. We can do better. Next time we might get lucky to not have the socialist cause carried by an honest and sincere man. In the meantime, we can do better in communicating the obvious: Only capitalism and a high degree of personal freedom work.
* It’s a thing that the Israelis who have a lot of military experience do not allow. Israeli female soldiers are kept in the rear, in part because when women are in danger on the battlefield, men die.