Now that Hillary is running for president, I'm really confused about women.
Women have confused me since I was a kid. As the only boy with five sisters,
I learned early on that the female sex is impossible for a fellow to
No matter what I did, my sisters were agitated with me. They said I hogged
all the dessert, that I messed up the house and that I never changed the
toilet paper roll (which, apparently, needs to be changed now and then).
My father had it worse. At least once a week he'd say something that would
set one of my sisters off. As doors slammed and the house shook, he'd tell my
mother, "But all I did was ask her if she wanted more carrots."
The feminist movement made relations between men and women all the more
I was taught to hold the car door open for a woman, but many women are
offended by such a gesture now; they say it is patronizing. On the other hand, the
only thing more offensive is to not offer to hold the car door open.
Women are easily offended at dinner, too. After the meal is complete,
they're angered if you don't let them split the check. But no sooner do you ask
them to split the check than they complain you must not like them very much.
Befuddlement with the female sex is something that burdens every man. It is
why bars were invented. We go to bars to commiserate with other men about our
inability to comprehend what women want.
And now our befuddlement has made its way to the presidential election.
As it goes, Hillary got clobbered in the last debate. She stood on so many
sides of the issues, she sprained her ankles. Her answers to Tim Russert's
questions were so evasive, her male competitors finally had an opportunity to
But rather than take the pouncing like a man, Hillary responded like an
offended teen girl. Her campaign portrayed her as a victim they said the meany
men piled up on her. Her husband, angered by the treatment of his little
lady, said she was swift-boated.
Which begs the unfortunate question: What does a woman running for president
Does she want to be measured solely by her skills as a leader and debater or
does she want our sympathy every time things go wrong?
Does she want to win because her ideas and vision offer the
for America or does she hope to make her way to the presidency by stoking the
emotions and ire of her female supporters?
Does she want America to be a truly progressive place so progressive that
a candidate's sex has no relevance and isn't even mentioned? or does she
want to yank out the wounded-female card every time it works to her
It's no wonder why men are so perplexed by Hillary. A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll
found that half of all men and 55 percent of married men would never
vote for her.
Perhaps Hillary would do better if she followed the lead of former British Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher? Like her or hate had, she was never defined as
a woman. She was defined by her leadership, toughness and ideas.
I wish Hillary would ditch the touchy-feely stuff and be more logical. I
wish she would more clearly define her ideas. Then men wouldn't vote against her
because they are bewildered. They'll vote against her because her
big-government ideas are the exact wrong direction for America.
But I fear Hillary won't stop pulling out the female card. If she makes it
to the presidency, perhaps she can use it to her advantage.
If a rogue dictator threatens to attack us, she can build a giant pair of
bifocals that spans all 50 states and say, "You wouldn't fight a country with
glasses, would you?"
If Ahmadinejad doesn't give up his nuclear ambitions, she can build a lamp
the size of Maine and threaten to throw it at him.
If Al Qaeda threatens to strike, she can stall them by saying, "Not tonight,
Osama, I have a headache."