Dear Hillary, I Wanted You To Win, But Now I Want Something Bigger

The Establishment
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5 min readNov 17, 2016

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By Beejoli Shah

Dear Hillary,

I believe in attrition the same way other people believe in meritocracies. Showing up may be half the battle, but waiting everyone out until you’re the last woman standing is the under-discussed other half — “under-discussed” probably because everyone except me has figured out it doesn’t work very well. I tried it, for instance, on an elementary school crush who dated nearly every pre-teen girl in our fifth grade class. Despite my feelings waning by the time we hit middle school, it took his recent nuptials to a mutual friend to make the ten-year-old inside of me accept that Eric wasn’t going to eventually run out of girls to date and finally come around.

For someone who foolishly tattooed “Let go and let God” on my foot when I was 23, I rarely move on from a desire, no matter how quixotic. I’m told a better word for this trait is “stubborn.” Which is why, for this sacrilegious Indian, you’ve been something of a Saint Jude figure: the political patron saint of hopeless causes. In this case, that cause is women who don’t take no for an answer, even in the face of overwhelming odds (and in some cases, two decades of other girlfriends). Your presidency wouldn’t have just been a hammer to a crystalline cliché; it would have been a victory for the many…

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