Friday, November 2, 2007

Accident of Herstory

Clinton, a Wellesley Alumna, Comes Home to Stump - The highlight here is Hillary's story within the story:

Mrs. Clinton recounted how she had been admitted to both Harvard and Yale Law Schools and was at a Harvard cocktail reception for prospective students when she was introduced to a famous law school professor.
“One of my friends said, ‘Professor So-and-So, this is Hillary Rodham, she’s trying to decide between us and our nearest competitor,’” Mrs. Clinton said. “And he looked down at me, and he said: ‘Well, first, we don’t have a nearest competitor. And secondly, we don’t need any more women.’”
There were loud gasps from the audience.
“So,” Mrs. Clinton said when the gasps had died down, “I decided to go to Yale.” The crowd broke into laughter and applause.

Thanks to this one pompous sexist, who couldn't manage even a minimal level of diplomacy, even civility, despite the fact that he was attending a recruiting function, Hillary went to Yale. That would be the same Yale Law School where she met William Jefferson Clinton.

Imagine Bill without Hillary - he marries a stewardess from Arkansas shortly after graduation and quickly fathers eight children, four by his wife. Scandal mars his first run for office. The stories of infidelity catch his wife by surprise and she shoots him in the middle of a messy divorce (but only in the rear, where his padding prevents any permanent damage). Without Hillary, Bill never makes it out of Arkansas.

Without Bill, Hillary becomes a driven lobbyist for Common Cause. Dedicated to health care reform, she routinely works sixteen hours a day, seven days a week, mastering every detail of the American way of medicine. In her mid thirties she finds happiness and companionship, if not wild and crazy romance, with a tax reform lobbyist as they share life inside the beltway with regular theater outings to NYC. Without Bill, Hillary is a highly organized and successful policy wonk who would secretly like to get into politics but can't quite connect with the man in the street.

Thank you professor pompous of Harvard Law School, circa 1970. Given your views on woman, I hope you are alive today to see what you have accomplished, quite possibly the election of the first woman President of the USA.

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