Gathered in Georgetown for the Center for American Progress’ Ideas Conference on May 16 were members of the Democratic Party elite for what was “widely seen as a cattle call for potential 2020 presidential candidates,” reports Michelle Goldberg. Four women—Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar—were conspicuously present.
“The resistance is female, in every way,” CAP President Neera Tanden told Goldberg.
Will Hillary Clinton be remembered as “the Barry Goldwater of feminist presidential candidates: a figure whose epochal defeat inspired a triumphant next wave,” wonders Goldberg.
“For a woman—maybe even a black woman, in the case of Harris—to take Trump down would be sweet revenge,” says Goldberg.
And yet, the idea of nominating another woman is more than a little scary, says Goldberg, especially given the significant role that sexism played in Clinton’s defeat. Meanwhile, the mainstream media continues to push the idea that sexism is little more than an excuse, and pundits continue to ridicule Clinton for not accepting complete responsibility for losing.
However, a study done during the campaign in 2016 revealed just how much fears of emasculation affected men’s political preferences in 2016.