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Posted by on Jan 6, 2008 in Politics, Society | 8 comments

Anger, Gender & Politics

I’m not going to bother looking up the research but will speak from personal experience. Anger is often perceived differently in men and women. The same anger seen as an asset in a male candidate may be seen as a liability in a female candidate. I know this because I have often been perceived as an angry woman (and therefore dangerous and unstable) rather than a rightfully angry person.

Don’t penalize Hillary Clinton for her gender.

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  • JSpencer

    My perception of Hillary last night was that of an assertive, confident, and in control woman, not of a person who was angry. If she was indeed feeling anger, then I think she did a good job of channeling it in a constructive way.

  • StockBoySF

    I totally agree with JSpencer.

    Some people equate forcefulness with anger.

  • superdestroyer

    Who cares about Senator Clinton now? The voters of Iowa along with the MSM have made her irrelevant. When she loses in New Hampshire, her campaign along with the Democratic primaries are effectively over.

    I have been amazed how much the left leaning media such as CNN and the three networks actually hated her. The MSM is doing nothing but positive reports about Obama while reporting negative stories about Senator Clinton. It was embarassing watching CNN this morning and realizing that probably every reporter on the network is an Obama supporter.

  • archangel

    except maybe Lou Dobbs and the woman who sits in for him, superdestroyer?

  • Idiosyncrat

    Holly, it’s very possible that people are judging the person — and still don’t like her. Americans love building up celebrities and then seeing them fall. Hillary is a celebrity and fair or not, I think a lot of what you see snowballing in the media and in captures of public opinion is the manifestation of just that phenomenon.

    People are finicky and they may just have tired of the product that is Hillary Clinton. Or not. This next month will be telling…

  • StockBoySF

    Upwards of 50% of voters have said they would never vote for Hillary. She is seen as polarizing by Dems and Repubs. That leaves around 50% of voters who might vote for her unless someone better (perceived or actual) comes along.

    Obama has never been as polarizing a figure as Hillary. So the pool of people willing to vote for Obama has always been greater than the pool for Hillary. I always thought Obama had great support- fund raising which matched/surpassed Hillary’s and always #2 (or #1) in the polls. It was just a matter of Obama convincing voters that he was electable.

    Now that he has proven his electability to many people, the same dynamic that carried Hillary to the #1 spot in the polls a few months ago- her inevitability of being elected- is now carrying Obama. Fortunately for all of us Obama supporters, this wave Obama is riding comes at a time that counts the most- the primaries. So not only has Obama always had a larger pool of Dems willing to vote for him (and they have finally seen the light and voting) but what’s truly amazing is that in IA (and potentially NH) a lot of Repubs will be switching parties to vote for him in the primaries- they’re not even waiting for the general election.

    The biggest challenge Obama faces now is to keep up the momentum until we vote in Nov. Obama is now leading Hillary by double digits in NH and so he will probably win on Tuesday.

    Personally I don’t know how he (or any of the candidates, for that matter) can keep up their brutal campaign schedules.

  • DLS

    Her anger was probably for show (“strength”). After all, she didn’t use her Elway throwing arm, did she?

    I suspect her crying was also for show (sense of harm, “compassion”; too early in the campaign to be a “woman victim” gimmick).

    The liberal media have certainly adopted Obama as their darling. They apparently are as fooled by, and upset by, Clinton’s fake “centrist” veneer as they are willing to protect Obama as a minority candidate and share the young, naive kids’ view of Obama as the next US political Messiah.

  • DLS

    The biggest challenge Obama faces now is to keep up the momentum until we vote in Nov. Obama is now leading Hillary by double digits in NH and so he will probably win on Tuesday.

    Agreed. He is likely to win tomorrow (I believe traders have him at 90 or more per cent probability as of now), but the real test he must pass is to do as well in the other states between now and February 15.

    Do not forget that Clinton (Edwards would be more likely to concede under the same circumstances, because Clinton is the one favored by the party apparatus) can continue her campaign even if she comes in second overall as of February 15. As long as she’s close, she remains in play. (If nothing else, she could outdo Cheney in the VP role, though with her ego and demanding nature I cannot envision her accepting the Vice Presidency.)

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