FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

White Women Gone Wild

by MICHAEL DONNELLY

Fraud?

I was talking with Jeffrey St. Clair when it became apparent that Hillary Clinton was going to take New Hampshire. My first crack was, “Uh, Oh. The ‘Live Free or Die(bold) State.’ How soon before the stolen election charge is raised?”

After all, New Hampshire is one of the states that came under fire for questionable election results from its array of Diebold election machines back in 2004 — results that failed to match up to pre-election polling. Hmmm? (Say, by the way, what ever happened to the Green Party’s $150,000+ Ohio recount that was supposed to get to the bottom of Diebold, once and for all?) Well, the polls weren’t even closed in the Granite State, when the first “Stolen Election” e-mail arrived in my inbox.

But, as the polls have turned out so monumentally wrong this time, as well; indicating a ten-point swing in one day, one has to ask, “What happened?” At the same time, the actual results for every other candidate on either side were within 1% of the pre-election polling results. OK. Let’s rule out fraud – I do as

1) I cannot believe the Clinton machine, long widely-overrated in the competence department, could pull it off and

2) too many eyes were on it as only one state held elections that day.

Tears and Sexist Stunts? No Way

Mainstream media blowhards are attributing the turnaround to Hillary’s weird, teary-eyed performance a day earlier; claiming it made her “look more human.” (Of course, that she needed to look more human is telling, in the first place. You don’t supposed they focus-group tested the tears, do you?)

Others point to the “Iron My Shirts” stunt by a couple of young radio pranksters. Hillary handled them with what seemed like a prepared script – no so farfetched when you have to consider that it was only a matter of time before some louts pulled off something akin to what Nick Gemelli and sidekick Adolfo “Hugh Jas” Gonzalez Jr. did here.

Sen. Comeback asked that the lights be turned on: the better to see you with, my dolts. She noted, “Oh the remnants of sexism, alive and well tonight,” to much applause. She then brought up the standard glass ceiling laments and, as the nitwits were escorted out, ended with a rousing “If there’s anybody in the audience who wants to learn to iron his own shirt, we can talk about that.” Yukkity, yuk. Human and Humorous.

Could an election really turn ten points on such tomfoolery? Of course, the “Hillary for President” sticker on Gemellli’s briefcase adds to the intrigue.

It Wasn’t the Wars

Neither of those incidents can explain the ten-point swing. It appears that some other dynamic was at work in New Hampshire. Polling indicates that NH women voted for Clinton over Obama on a 47% to 34% ratio. Women in Iowa voted 35% Obama to 30% for Clinton. Iowans said the war(s) and Hillary’s war votes were the number top issue for them.

So does this mean that New Hampshire women are more pro-war, less for peace, than their Iowa sisters? Not really. Next door Vermont’s Legislature has already passed an Impeachment resolution and on Feb.13, 2007, an End the Wars resolution passed the Vermont House and Senate. A similar resolution was introduced and testimony taken in New Hampshire on March 19, 2007. And just three days ago a pro-Impeachment forum was held in Keene, NH. Two women state legislators, Betty Hall and Mary Ellen Martin, have gotten hearings on an Impeachment resolution scheduled before the New Hampshire Legislature in two weeks. New England is clearly opposed to the Imperial wars and their perpetrators.

Could it Be?

So, just what is the difference? Well, in Iowa voting was out in the open with neighbors, way more youth than usual and the whole-world’s-watching media. If one had any misgivings based on race, it would be very hard (for a Democrat anyway) to admit it in such a public venue.

On the other hand, with the privacy curtain of a voting booth providing anonymity, no one would ever have to account for their vote. Both states are overwhelmingly white – 93% in Iowa and 95% in New Hampshire. Its one thing to adopt a race-neutral, progressive facade for pollsters; but when that facade crumbles in the voting booth one has to ask: Are anonymous New Hampshire women less able to give a Black man their vote than their on-public-display Iowa sisters?

MICHAEL DONNELLY sees nothing but Ron Paul lawn signs and Obama bumperstickers around his neighborhood in mostly white (90%) Oregon, which holds its Primary May 5th, long after the Primary races have been decided. He can be reached at pahtoo@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

More articles by:

MICHAEL DONNELLY has been an environmental activist since before that first Earth Day. He was in the thick of the Pacific Northwest Ancient Forest Campaign; garnering some collective victories and lamenting numerous defeats. He can be reached at pahtoo@aol.com

Weekend Edition
February 16, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Jeffrey St. Clair
American Carnage
Paul Street
Michael Wolff, Class Rule, and the Madness of King Don
Andrew Levine
Had Hillary Won: What Now?
David Rosen
Donald Trump’s Pathetic Sex Life
Susan Roberts
Are Modern Cities Sustainable?
Joyce Nelson
Canada vs. Venezuela: Have the Koch Brothers Captured Canada’s Left?
Geoff Dutton
America Loves Islamic Terrorists (Abroad): ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries
Mike Whitney
The Obnoxious Pence Shows Why Korea Must End US Occupation
Joseph Natoli
In the Post-Truth Classroom
John Eskow
One More Slaughter, One More Piece of Evidence: Racism is a Terminal Mental Disease
John W. Whitehead
War Spending Will Bankrupt America
Dave Lindorff
Trump’s Latest Insulting Proposal: Converting SNAP into a Canned Goods Distribution Program
Robert Fantina
Guns, Violence and the United States
Robert Hunziker
Global Warming Zaps Oxygen
John Laforge
$1.74 Trillion for H-bomb Profiteers and “Fake” Cleanups
CJ Hopkins
The War on Dissent: the Specter of Divisiveness
Peter A. Coclanis
Chipotle Bell
Anders Sandström – Joona-Hermanni Mäkinen
Ways Forward for the Left
Wilfred Burchett
Vietnam Will Win: Winning Hearts and Minds
Tommy Raskin
Syrian Quicksand
Martha Rosenberg
Big Pharma Still Tries to Push Dangerous Drug Class
Jill Richardson
The Attorney General Thinks Aspirin Helps Severe Pain – He’s Wrong
Mike Miller
Herb March: a Legend Deserved
Ann Garrison
If the Democrats Were Decent
Renee Parsons
The Times, They are a-Changing
Howard Gregory
The Democrats Must Campaign to End Trickle-Down Economics
Sean Keller
Agriculture and Autonomy in the Middle East
Ron Jacobs
Re-Visiting Gonzo
Eileen Appelbaum
Rapid Job Growth, More Education Fail to Translate into Higher Wages for Health Care Workers
Ralph Nader
Shernoff, Bidart, and Echeverria—Wide-Ranging Lawyers for the People
Chris Zinda
The Meaning of Virginia Park
Robert Koehler
War and Poverty: A Compromise with Hell
Mike Bader – Mike Garrity
Senator Tester Must Stop Playing Politics With Public Lands
Kenneth Culton
No Time for Olympic Inspired Nationalism
Graham Peebles
Ethiopia: Final Days of the Regime
Irene Tung – Teófilo Reyes
Tips are for Servers Not CEOs
Randy Shields
Yahoomans in Paradise – This is L.A. to Me
Thomas Knapp
No Huawei! US Spy Chiefs Reverse Course on Phone Spying
Mel Gurtov
Was There Really a Breakthrough in US-North Korea Relations?
David Swanson
Witness Out of Palestine
Binoy Kampmark
George Brandis, the Rule of Law and Populism
Dean Baker
The Washington Post’s Long-Running Attack on Unions
Andrew Stewart
Providence Public School Teachers Fight Back at City Hall
Stephen Cooper
Majestic Meditations with Jesse Royal: the Interview
David Yearsley
Olympic Music
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail