So, this “Reclusive Leftist” chick has been really getting up my nose and I wanted to vent.
She’s a Hillary Clinton supporter — no big shock, many people were. Approximately half the people who voted in the Democratic primaries in fact. Many of these people were feminists. Also no big shock.
But she belongs to that group — please, God, let them be a small lunatic fringe — of Clinton supporters who hate Obama to such a bizarre and extreme degree that, now that her horse came in second, she wants McCain to be the next president.
I don’t know what is wrong with the woman, honestly. She seems to be regarded on Teh Intertubes as a more or less normal feminist blogger, although a cursory survey of her past entries shows her to be the type of feminist who rather likes to play the holier-than-thou women’s-studies-department goddess-victim, and I already know I tend to disagree with people like that.
But still. Her Obama-hating posts are weird. Obsessive, vicious, and full of the kind of cheap, insulting rhetoric that, frankly, I have come to expect from the right wing. You know, in her world it is impossible to be an Obama supporter, or even to disagree with Ms. Reclusive on any of her points, without being a glassy-eyed “Obamabot.” Plus, Obama was himself personally responsible for any and all misogyny directed at Hillary Clinton. And all this, plus the fact that he has only been a senator for one term instead of two, means that all Real True Feminists must vote for McCain instead.
You know… the guy who actually, himself, in his own words, referred to Clinton as “the bitch.”
So I can’t make sense of this person, really. I can’t imagine who she really is or why she thinks that way.
I keep picturing a wizened little Gollum-like creature shaking its fist and shouting “Precious! Obama took my Precious! We hatesses Obammasses forever!”
Sometimes I picture a suppressed racist, who is trying to find a working camouflage for her purely emotional fear of/distaste for The Black Man.
But I also picture a deep Republican anti-feminist mole, cackling with glee at the amazingly stupid things that people are willing to accept as a genuine feminist viewpoint.
And now I throw the topic out there for discussion — do you think of yourself as a feminist? What do you think of Reclusive Leftist’s viewpoint? How widespread do you think it is, really? And where do you suppose it comes from?