This can be a hard act to pull off. Research has shown that being liked has outsize importance for women because voters will support a man they dislike, but they will not support a qualified, unlikable woman. Take what happened in the 2016 presidential election: Trump and Clinton both had historically low favorability ratings, but Trump still eked out a victory despite Clinton’s political credentials. That speaks to another trap several political scientists told me that women often face: A long political track record can open a candidate up to more criticism, but without an established résumé, a woman might not be taken seriously at all. Men, meanwhile, can run with less experience and get away with talking more vaguely about their policy positions, according to Amanda Hunter, research and communications director at the Barbara Lee Foundation, a nonprofit group that has done research on gender bias and elections. “Women are judged more harshly if it seems like they’re learning on the job,” she said. “So that means they have to be uber-prepared to run, while men can kind of figure it out as they go.”
I am sure that everyone is exhausted from 3 years of fascism 2.0. Bloomberg is starting to make headway in the polls. I think it’s because most Americans haven’t a clue as to what kind of person he is. He’s a cipher, the average person sees what they want to see when looking at someone like this. It’s like I always say, sometimes. No one gets to be a billionaire with clean hands.
I loathe FB and never post there. I resent that so many web sites require you sign in through FB. I never trusted them with my sensitive data. I don’t want them selling my information to foreign governments or sleazy corporations. The hubris of the tech bros kills me. The least socially functional adults are driving our unsocial media.
Misogyny is high on list of the reasons I am disgusted with the media, the electorate, and the candidates right now. Mayor Pate is smug. Bloomberg and Sanders would happily throw women under the bus if it got them important political capital. My girl, Kamala, is out and Warren is slipping in the polls. I am so disgusted with the voters. It seems like it is impossible to find cracks large enough in their world view where you can slip some facts in.
I think I’m going to rub chocolate into my soul and spend the day looking at art. Hope your day is as healing and entertaining.