Many supporters of Hillary Clinton attribute many of the troubles she faces to the fact that some people just won’t vote for a Woman. They act like Hillaries biggest stumbling block is her gender. So the question begs to be asked, “Will Hillary lose because she is a Woman?”. In short, No! She will lose because she is Hillary.
We are at a historic time in our history as a nation. We have a very diverse Presidential field; it is quite possible that we will have a “first” as our next President – First woman, first Black (or even more inclusive, first non-White), or first Mormon. Many argue that the country is not ready for the first woman or black president. They say we are still too bigoted and unaccepting. While there are certainly some ignorant and bigoted people in our country (and in higher percentage in the South), I strongly disagree that America is not “ready”.
While critics of America (especially internal critics) like to portray America as being racist and sexist while portraying Europe as inclusive and progressive, the reality is that America is far advanced in terms of race than any other country. Racism is rampant in England, France, and Spain. At Soccer games in Europe, bigoted fans throw bananas and mimic monkeys to denigrate Black players. What sets America apart is our inclusiveness and our continued ability to be self-critical and, thus, self-correcting. Europe never had their own Civil Rights Movement and race is a real problem.
The fact is, most Americans will vote according to whom they perceive to be the best person for the office; the definition of “the best” is relative to each voter however. There is absolutely no grounding in the claim that an American will not be elected because they are female. I, for one, would have voted for Condoleeza (a woman and Black!), but I won’t be voting for Hillary. Why? Again, because she is Hillary. And for Hillary it is not even about the Politics, on which I pretty well disagree with her, it is about her – her lack of integrity and insatiable desire for power. She cannot be trusted.
I have a similar problem with Rudy Giuliani. I won’t vote for him either, he has shown a propensity to be involved in scandal and seems to lack any sort of sound moral judgement; I can’t trust him. If we have a Rudy-Hillary race in 2008, I will be voting 3rd party or will simply withhold a vote for President.
On the other hand, I have a more positive disposition towards Barack. With him, I completely disagree with his policies and politics, I even think he is more left-wing than Hillary. But I also have the impression that he is a good man, had real convictions, and believes what he says. In the event of a Rudy-Barack race, I would vote for Barack. Additionally, I would seriously consider Barack over Huckabee (depending on how his subtle anti-Mormon views play-out) and Fred Thompson (who I think is incompetent and too lazy to be President).
For me my determination for who should be President is first dependent on character and integrity, followed closely by political ideology. I strongly prefer GOP policy and will choose a person of mediocre character over a democrat of strong Character. However, I will choose the Democrat over a GOPer that has no character and integrity or is simply unfit for the job.
Certainly, I will not make the determination on race or sex. And I think that most of America feels the same way on that point. There is just no evidence that Americans as a whole would fail to vote for Hillary because she is a Woman. They will not vote for Hillary because she is Hillary.