"Hillary was a Bad Candidate" Provides Cover for Those Who Feared Her

"Hillary was a bad candidate." The sentence is a trite talking point.  

How does one respond?

Well, I heard it today from a young educated person and I laughed. The words were expressed in the middle of a conversation that entailed a discussion about the Nixon/Kennedy televised debates when Nixon sweated on television. This context mires the talking point in deep emotion.

"Hillary was a bad candidate." The sentence is an excuse. It allows the voter who was lukewarm about Hillary's candidacy to have a cover; "I just wasn't that into her, but she lost because she was a bad candidate."

Quick! I need help! Did I usher Trump into the Oval because I didn't trust her? Maybe it's true! Oh, but it can't be because I'm a good feminist.

It wasn't my fault Hillary was a bad candidate.

It is a hook upon which to rest your prejudices you felt deep in your gut but couldn't identify.  You watched the first female nominee who was about to be President of the USA. It is the most powerful position in the world. 

Imagine if she had won?

What would it be like for children and women across the globe to have the person who first said, "Women's rights are human rights" to say that again and more from the Oval Office?

"Hillary was a bad candidate."

Hillary was more than a candidate, she is as symbol of our commitment to the rights of women and children. It's an American value, is it not?

This talking point (childish as it is) is an excuse for voters to cloak their inability to step up for women and children of the world.

U.S. State Department, public domain

"Hillary was a bad candidate."

The phrase reveals the Ugly American made anew.

We are more than our borders. What is out there in the world is also in here among us; misogyny, child abuse, domestic violence, male domination.

History never repeats itself exactly, but we are in a time when anti-woman authoritarian has grabbed the Oval Office in the oldest democracy in the world because an opening was provided to him. The opening was labeled "suspicion," distrust," and "hate" for women who dare rise to the top echelons of our society.

It made many uncomfortable. 

"Hillary was a bad candidate." It's not the only excuse. 

"She didn't play well on television." Did George W. Bush?

I thought she did well on television. 

But, that's not the issue though, is it? Have we given up on our democracy so much that we rely on how one looks or sounds on television to help us decide who to vote for President? 

If America is the great experiment for the average citizen to rise to great heights than we have failed. But Hillary wasn't an average citizen, you might ask. No, she did the work to raise herself up to be the nominee for President. 

We are the average citizens who decide who speaks for us. 

How sad to see citizens succumb to the power of the screen and to allow themselves to be manipulated by talking points and news narratives that only benefit the corporate powers who sell advertising to television and radio networks.

She was a great candidate and the world needed her.