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Hillary, Misogyny, and 2016

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Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) January 15, 2014: I've gazed into my crystal ball, and I have a predication to make now about the 2016 presidential election. (Rob, would you cue in the audiotape of drum roll and fanfare, please?)


If Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, her candidacy for president will drive conservatives crazy. As a result, they will launch an enormous negative campaign against her, based on their well-established misogynistic views (remember the Republicans' war on women?).


After eight years of having the first African American president in the history of the United States, the conservatives will not be thrilled at the prospect of having the first woman elected president of the United States in 2016.


Now, in his book The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President -- and Who Is Behind Them (2012), Bill Press has detailed the enormous negative campaign that conservatives launched against President Barack Obama.


However, their campaign against President Obama did not prevent him from being re-elected in 2012, even though the economy was not working in his favor.


Hey, guys, the economy was not working in his favor, but you did not succeed in preventing his re-election in 2012. So why not? What do you think you did wrong, guys?


At the very least, Obama's re-election shows that the conservatives' enormous negative campaign against him was not effective in preventing his re-election.


Arguably, his re-election shows that the conservatives should downplay the tactic of launching an enormous negative campaign again in 2016.


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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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