Steinem, Albright Try Bullying Female Voters into Supporting Hillary


Snow provided by Mother Nature combined with threats of eternal damnation from former secretary of state Madeleine Albright were not sufficient to prevent Democratic women from deserting Hillary Clinton in droves this Tuesday to deliver a smashing victory to avuncular socialist Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary.

Any woman who has ever had a mother could have warned Ms. Albright that the guilt trip ploy wasn’t going to work to reel in errant daughters. When Ms. Albright said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” at a Clinton rally the Saturday before the primary, you immediately knew two things: Ms. Albright was not referencing Republican hopeful Carly Fiorina (who has since exited the race), and she wasn’t above a little emotional blackmail to get the last politically active feminist of a certain generation (mine) over the finish line and into the White House.

The minute I heard Ms. Albright’s words, I remembered a bumper sticker on a car my sister once saw. It said, “My mother is a travel agent—specializing in guilt trips.” Guilt trips may induce angst, and they may, initially, produce results, but most of us eventually rebel. Indeed, “You owe me!” is not the most enticing rationale when seeking votes (or anything else, for that matter) from women (or men). In this instance it spawned jokes, with women left and right volunteering to go to hell rather than vote for Ms. Clinton.

While Ms. Albright sought to bully women voters, poor Gloria Steinem, 81, in her plea on behalf of Ms. Clinton, indicated that she thinks the world is still stuck in her Playboy Bunny days. She said on Real Time with Bill Maher that women who support Bernie Sanders over Clinton are doing it to meet boys. “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,” Steinem declared.

The word “sexist” has been tossed about to explain what Steinem, who later apologized (sort of), said. But there is a better term: woefully out of touch. Raise your hand if you know one young woman who makes her political decisions based on where the boys are? And is Steinem implying, as she seems to be doing, gender warfare—boys with Bernie, women with Hillary?

What’s wrong with Albright’s and Steinem’s pitches is that they refuse to recognize that the feminist movement has triumphed. Instead of rejoicing that women are making up their minds without reference to gender, they are angry. There’s also a bit of deviousness: they want their long-time friend to win the presidency and believe a little bullying might do the trick. Nobody ever said that the feminist movement is not cliquish.

At age 78, instead of savoring the resounding successes of feminism, which truly did expand professional options for women, Albright is trying to claim credit for the achievements of her generation, while at the same time portraying these very achievements as precariously built on sand. It’s as if she’s living in an eternal seventies consciousness-raising session. “We tell our story about how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women don’t think you have to—it’s been done. It’s not done,” Albright has been quoted saying.

“I think because life is better, thanks to people like Hillary and me,” she told TIME magazine. “I have to tell you when I went for my first job when I was 22 years old, they said, ‘So what are you going to do, honey?’ I’m not sure that young women get that now,” she said. (Memo to Albright: They don’t.) Albright continued:

So it has taken a lot of work now. So what concerns me most of all is that we don’t go backwards. Because if you listen to things, people are saying things that are very anti-women in terms of decisions that we have to make about our lives. And I think we all have to remember that no matter what age we are, that things can always go back.

The anti-women rhetoric to which she refers likely relates at least in large part to the issue of abortion, on which there can be honest disagreement outside the world of Steinem, Albright, and Clinton. Some of us would say that the feminist movement took a vicious turn at its inception with regard to men and abortion, but nobody can deny that women have more opportunities today than ever before. Women outnumber men on college campuses and, if you factor in college majors and choices women make, the wage gap—the guns-and-religion to which feminists cling—all but disappears. And it should be noted that, despite the status of women when they started their careers, Albright, Clinton, and Steinem have done well.

It is unfortunate that the matriarchs can’t take a bow and appreciate the opportunities women enjoy. But that would not help their friend Hillary, and if questions about her competence and character can be swept aside through gender blackmail, they’ll be glad to oblige. There’s only one problem: as New Hampshire’s primary results showed, it doesn’t seem to be working.


  • valjean

    Bullying notwithstanding, that the Clinton campaign has to roll out 78- and 81-year-olds to back their (nearly) 70-year-old friend probably speaks to why young women are rolling their eyes more than anything. No doubt seniors of Mss. Albright and Steinhem’s vintage can impart some wisdom, but is this the best you can do for public champions?

    Bernie is no spring chicken, but least he’s got young admirers.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.

      Theoretically, with age, a person should develop some wisdom, but none of these three women have attained an Obama smidgen of it, despite their geriatric status. Despite their attempts to portray themselves as “feminists” or even as “feminist icons,” they are leftists, members of the unhinged leftist elite. Thus, they see the world not as it is, but as a projection of their world view, thus there is always one answer to every problem, an ever larger, more intrusive and increasingly totalitarian state, a dictatorship of virtue, run by experts.

      And, because the world must be made to conform to the left’s view, Mrs. Clinton, Albright and Steinem will never admit to the failure of their policies. They look at places like Newark, Camden, Baltimore, St. Louis, New Orleans, which have all been lavished with billions upon billions of dollars in local, state and federal funds, which all have incredibly well funded but abysmal schools, which have all been run exclusively by left-wing Democrats for more than fifty years and instead of chaining course, they want to double down.

      The left always seek to blame something external for the it’s own failures, as if the Koch brothers made Camden look as bad as a war ravaged German city in 1945. As if the Republicans, none of whom are even in evidence in any of these blue resorts, destroyed the public schools in the inner cities, raised taxes so high and made crime so prevalent that it chased the middle class and virtually all the business except for liquor stores, check cashing companies, launder mats and third-tier fast food places away!

      A leftist never learns and never gains wisdom. Look at Obama’s dream paradise of Cuba, one of the most totalitarian places on earth. It can and does trade with everyone save the United States, yet it has always been an economic disaster, dependent on the charity of other leftist regimes. Then, look at the Bolivarian miracle in Venezuela. It has turned what should be one of the richest nations on earth, sitting atop a mountain of oil, into a nation where people can’t even wipe their fannies.

      So, I’m sorry, but these angry, maladjusted old hags who want every young women go go out and vote for Hillary Clinton, the corpulent, corrupt, self-serving queen of a crime family, who has helped her rapist husband destroy the lives of countless lovers and victims have nothing of benefit to impart to any young women unless they see a lonely, looney life reading Margaret Atwood novels while surrounded by a dozen cats who will one day feast on their desiccated corpses.

    • Rocky_Mountain

      Does he have any groupies?

  • Robbins Mitchell

    Vote for Rodham because….VAGINA !

  • Diggsc

    Sad about Albright’s descent into madness. For that to happen to such a good-looking woman. Just really sad.

  • ThewlynOh

    this is a perfect view of Hillaryous and her M.O. – bullying, guilt, vote for me because i’m a woman not because i’m actually qualified or have any accomplishments

  • Mer

    “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the hipsters?’ The hipsters are with Bernie,”

    • Rocky_Mountain

      But Bernie wouldn’t look so good with one of those hipster beards and skinny jeans!

  • Rocky_Mountain

    ““When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ ” Oh, so young women are interested in, dare I say it, more traditional things. Although the way things are going, soon young women maybe saying “where are the transgenders?”