Cracking the “Bitch” Glass Ceiling

Very interesting commentary from Judith Timson of the Globe and Mail on Thursday, writing about the Pennsylvania primaries and Sen. Clinton’s victory there. The op-ed piece went on at length about Clinton’s “macho” campaign and Sen. Obama’s rather weak response to the full metal jacket approach of Team Clinton. 

My favorite quote in the article was a quote from Maureen O’Dowd:

In fact, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd mischievously wondered: “As the husband of Michelle, does he know better than to defy the will of a strong woman? Or is he simply scared of Hillary because she’s scary?”

I have to say that men mated to strong women certainly do know quite about more about that old saying of discretion being the better part of valor then most, but it makes a person wonder if Obama’s approach to politics isn’t a bit too Christ-like for his own good. How many cheeks does the man have? And more importantly, how much longer is he going to duck real issues with his “dazzling oratory skills”? As a woman, I can tell you that there is only one oral skill that counts and unless Obama is planning to use that to get himself enough votes to defeat McCain in November, he’d better start putting some facts and plans where his mouth is and stop trying to channel JFK via MLK or vice versa. This is no time to be charismatic wonder bread. The United States is in trouble with even more on its way in terms of the ecomony, health care and the looming Social Security obliterating Boomer bomb that is set to go off in a huge way about three years or so from now.

Timson’s piece voiced the opinion that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been good for women because she has shown that a female doesn’t have to be “nice” when competing in politics just to avoid the “bitch” label. That term loses some of its punch when the woman being labeled so don’t retreat into apologetic nice girl form. When did “nice” become synonymous with being female in the workplace? Work/career is about the job and while good manners should apply, making friends is not the objective, getting the job done is what it is all about. Clinton has broken that “bitch” glass ceiling making it possible for other women to follow. Whether she wins the nomination (and I don’t think “they” are ready to let a woman run for president yet), she has done something important.

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