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“Some say” Clinton is “dishonest.” Will it stop us from voting for her?

February 26, 2016

I’m reposting this column because I think it contains things that need to be said. You don’t need to agree, but you need to at least listen. The original writer teaches in the history department where I got my start as a college professor, so I have something of a personal connection to her, alkthough we have never met in person. Must be something about that mountain air!


Clinton2016Considering that we know that the more competent a woman is perceived, the less liked she is, should we really be surprised that a lot of Americans think Hillary Clinton is “dishonest?”  I’m not.  It’s better for a woman running for president to be seen as competent and unlikable rather than incompetent and likable.

Who’s voting to make Hillary Clinton his or her daughter, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, the Virgin Mary, Pope of Rome, or Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox church?  I think she’s running for president.  I’m not sure people’s suspicions about her honesty will make a difference.  Do we want someone to be honest in her dealings with Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, or Mitch McConnell?  Or do we want her to execute multiple mindfracks while playing twelve-dimensional chess in order to pursue the best interests of the United States?

(Have these people never watched House of…

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