Elizabeth Warren, campaigning for Hillary Clinton on Monday, promised that this election belonged to “nasty women.” Appropriating Trump’s phrase from the third debate, Warren said, “Get this Donald: Nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart and nasty women vote. And on November 8th, we nasty women are gonna march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever.”
Should Hillary win, historians will surely note the richly grim, amazingly cynical irony of her victory: that she and her surrogates, holding tightly to the coattails of a credibly accused rapist, Bill Clinton, made the basis of their victory the unacceptability of a “pig” in the White House.
Warren ripped into Trump for his caddish behavior. “Donald Trump aggressively disrespects more than half the human beings in this country. He thinks that because he has money, that he can call women fat pigs and bimbos,” she said. “He thinks that because he is a celebrity that he can rate women’s bodies from one to 10. He thinks that because he has a mouth full of Tic-Tacs, he can force himself on any women within groping distance. Well I’ve got news for you, Donald Trump. Women have had it with guys like you. And nasty women have really had it with guys like you.”
It was quite a jeremiad against rakes, especially coming from a woman who has called the memory of Ted Kennedy her moral compass in politics. “Ted Kennedy changed my life,” she said during her Senate race. “He changed how I understood what it is that a public servant does. I think of him in this race every single day, and I come to this convention and think about him every single hour.”
Kennedy’s loutish behavior toward women, which included causing the death of one, didn’t stop Warren from gushing about “the great honor of sitting at Senator Kennedy’s desk — right over there. The original, back in Washington, is a little more dented and scratched, but it has something very special in the drawer.” To what was she referring? His Tic-Tacs and condoms? No, that he had “carved his name in it.” (If Trump defaced Senate property, Warren would probably call for a reimbursement.) She waxed on, “When I sit at my desk, sometimes when I’m waiting to speak or to vote, I open the drawer and run my thumb across his name. It reminds me of the high expectations of the people of Massachusetts, and I try, every day, to live up to the legacy he left behind.”
Perhaps Hillary will feel similarly misty-eyed about the Oval Office her husband defiled. The bottomless hypocrisy on display during this year of the nasty woman is reminiscent of the original one—the elevation in 1992 of a spate of female candidates angry about Clarence Thomas to the Senate, all of whom later became defenders of Bill Clinton’s goatishness. The list included such sudden Victorians and proponents of clean government as Barbara Mikulski, Barbara Boxer, and Carol Moseley Braun.
On Warren’s list of what “nasty women” do, she forgot to mention their willingness to shill for a candidate who takes money from Islamic countries that kill and maim women, a feminist who supports sex-selection abortion, a champion of the disabled who defends partial-birth abortions aimed at them, and a fiercely “independent” woman who relies on deep-pocketed male cronies to save her from prosecution.
In one of Hillary’s ads, a young girl can be seen looking into a mirror. As she gazes into the mirror, a series of Trump’s remarks about women play in the background, reports Mother Jones: “‘I’d look her right in that fat ugly face of hers’ and ‘a person who is flat-chested is very hard to be a 10’ are just two of the quotes captured in the ad, which ends with the question: ‘Is this the president we want for our daughters?’”
Presumably, the young girl is to picture herself as a future Hillary Clinton. But if the young girl looked into that mirror, she would see staring back a corrupt pol standing on the shoulders of Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy. As the parents of Monica Lewinsky could tell her, the Democrats long ago ceased to be a party safe for anyone’s daughters.