Had Bernie been Bernadette — The heartbreaking truth about American patriarchy
Lauren Besser

While I admire the aims of this post — to look at Hillary as a pawn in the game and have empathy — I just can’t do it. Not with her record. I think that it’s ironic that you mention how ambitious you were as a young organizer, yet you don’t seem to hold the same high standards for Hillary — unlike what fits in with your young feminist ideals, she did marry into power, she did put her own career on pause. And while I do feel sorry that she has been held accountable for her husband’s controversial dismantling of the welfare and criminal justice systems, it cannot be ignored that, for better or worse, she made the role of the First Lady political. She became a spokesperson for his policies and even influenced many. And I strongly disagree that if she had the same vision and rhetoric that Bernie has, she would not get anywhere — what about Elizabeth Warren? What about Shirley Chisholm, who you mentioned? Sure, she lost her bid, but is it fair to cast her off as a failure with one broad stroke, simply because of that one loss? When I look at the legacy of Hillary Clinton, I cannot imagine it holding a candle to Warren, Chisholm, Wendy Davis, Carol Moseley Braun, the Notorious RBG, et al. I am sorry that you are heartbroken, but the right woman will become president one day!

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