Today’s post will likely not endear me to my female readers, but the uncomfortable truth is not as welcoming as a comforting fallacy.
The 2020 Democratic Presidential field was quite promising if you were rooting for a woman to be nominated for the second time in our country’s history and elected president for the first time.
Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, along with Kirsten Gillibrand are all out of the race (all pictured above). Representative Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson are still in it officially, but for all intents and purposes, are also out of the race.
There are a plethora of reasons one can cite for each failed candidate individually, but only one universal, all-encompassing, very uncomfortable (for some people) answer…
America simply is not ready to elect a woman as president.
That answer begs another “why” question…
Women simply do not support women to the degree that women will collectively have you believe.
Looking back at the 2016 presidential election, one would think that Hillary Clinton lost simply because she was Hillary Clinton. She certainly had support from minority women, but white women broke for Donald Trump, ever so slightly, 47% to 45%.
One would think that President Trump getting even a plurality of any demographic of women in 2016 was an impossibility, but it certainly highlights a problem that manifested itself again in the 2020 Democratic primaries…
It wasn’t Hillary Clinton’s polarizing personality that turned women voters off, but simply the impossible standards that women often hold women to.
Women see women in powerful positions as either smart, but mean and calculating or nice and well-meaning, but not very bright.
In this 2020 Democratic field, every woman candidate possesses at least one fatal flaw that undermined their chances.
For starters, all of them were inauthenticity progressive, at least perceptively.
Elizabeth Warren couldn’t even win her own state because she had a plan for everything, which made her come off as even more inauthentic than the rest. People tend to distrust policy wonks.
Amy Klobuchar is too moderate for progressive women and too progressive for moderate women.
Kamala Harris had an incoherent message.
Kirsten Gillibrand is too much of a feminist.
Tulsi Gabbard comes off as untrustworthy (secret meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad).
Marianne Williamson is inexperienced and more emotional than logical.
Women tend to have tacit disdain for one another because whether they wish to admit it or not, women are often more competitive towards one another than men are.
Lots of women love to be what they cannot become as a result of this often unexpressed ultra-competitiveness.
Bottom line: it’s going to take a very special, highly respected woman candidate to win the presidency. Unfortunately, the 2020 Democratic field didn’t offer one.
-The Rational Ram