At Saturday’s Republican debate, the presidential contenders found rare agreement among themselves: women should register for the draft. But draft registration ends at age 45. That rules out Hillary Clinton supporters Madeleine Albright (79) and Gloria Steinem (82).
“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you young women think it’s done. It’s not done,” opined Madeleine Albright, campaigning for Hillary in New Hampshire. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” Madeleine (Hillary, Bernie: first names, please) suffered great discrimination as a woman, at least as she tells it, and things remain awful.
Too bad that as Bill Clinton’s United Nations Ambassador and then Secretary of State (Hillary was the third woman to hold the post), Madeleine did not confront Arab countries on their treatment of women. These same nations would later fund Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Why rock the boat? Or the camel?
As for Madeleine, she was born in 1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia to parents who, after fleeing Europe in 1941, then decided to convert from Judaism to Catholicism. They never told her about it until adulthood, the story goes, and she apparently never told others. Perhaps she thought being a Jew and a woman was too much to bear. Albright studied at Columbia University in the 1960s; by 1976 she was in the West Wing of the White House as the National Security Council’s liaison with Congress. I guess if she were not a victim of gender bias, she would have advanced sooner.
Albright became involved with what Donald Trump would call “losers.” At Columbia, she had been mentored by Zbigniew Brzezinski, who would later, as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, urge Carter to replace the Iran’s pro-Western reformist Shah with the Islamist Ayatollah. This move ushered in the Islamist revolution. Madeleine later was foreign policy adviser to losing Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and losing presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988. She got her political start with Ed Muskie in his losing 1972 presidential campaign.
Madeleine suffered so much gender discrimination that as soon as the Democrats finally won back the presidency in 1992, Bill Clinton put her on his transition team and then appointed her to high posts in his administration.
When Madeleine this weekend offended women who support Bernie, this was not the first time she was off-message. For example, in August 2012 when she was campaigning for President Obama’s reelection, she was asked: “How long will you blame the previous [Bush] administration for all of your problems?” She replied, “Forever.”
And here’s a memo to Bernie: Your signature issue is Wall Street. Did you know that more than a decade ago, Albright, as a board member of the New York Stock Exchange, approved a $187.5 million compensation package for NYSE chairman Richard Grasso?
Alas, she is not the only inelegant Hillary endorser. Also campaigning for Hillary a couple of days ago in New Hampshire, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was asked why Hillary does so poorly among younger women. “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.” (What will the LGBT caucus say to Gloria’s affront to lesbians?)
Gloria ignores that it’s age, not gender, that defines voter preference in the Hillary-Bernie race. Both young men and young women favor the 74 year-old socialist, midway in age between the younger Hillary and older Gloria, because times have changed. The new generation favors ideology over sleaze. Gloria and Madeleine are in a time warp – still playing the gender card. As we have seen with the sexual assaults on women in Europe, especially in Cologne, Germany, the older progressives favor trendy multiculturalism, even over the rights of women. When Bill Maher asked Gloria about the treatment of women in the forty countries that have Sharia, she said the problem was “monotheism.” She said that “Muslim feminists” are pointing out that “Mohamed was a reformer.”
One self-described Bernie feminist faulted Madeleine and Gloria for “trying to undo feminism with a vengeance.” Gloria posted on Facebook: “I apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics.”
Who are role models for women “serious in their politics”? How about, from the last generation, Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and Straight Talking Golda Meir? These were strong women of moral clarity and unquestioned integrity. Does anyone believe for a minute that Thatcher or Meir would have enabled or condoned Benghazi and then, when questioned about the genesis of the attack, exclaimed, “What difference does it make?”
And consider whether Hillary Clinton is a feminist. She tagged along with her husband, striking a Faustian bargain with Bill Clinton. In exchange for stature and influence, money and power, she enabled his predatory sexual behavior and organized intimidation of his accusers.
Madeleine, Gloria, Hillary … demanding full equality. Just think how different their life would have been if they had been drafted.