You’re Not Helping
There has been a lot of talk about BernieBros (which, as Amanda Hess concludes, are a real but somewhat overblown thing.) But Hillary Clinton has, in both 2008 and 2016, been poorly served by some of her supporters as well. (Remember Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild?) And, worse, people making dumb pro-Clinton arguments are high-profile enough that they should know better. I bring you Gloria Steinem:
“Women are more for [Hillary Clinton] than men are…First of all, women get more radical as we get older, because we experience…Not to over-generalize, but…Men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, women get more radical because they lose power as they age.
And, when you’re young, you’re thinking, where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie…”
Leaving aside the idea about women’s radicalism increasing with age almost certainly being wrong, the “young women support Bernie because they wants to get laid” punchline is insulting nonsense. When Bill Maher can instantly tell how sexist the argument is, I assume this is obvious. Just as you can support Sanders without making dumb arguments about Hillary Clinton being a Republican, you can support Clinton while understanding the real basis for Sanders’s support and the contempt ordinary voters have for America’s underachieving elites. As Paul and Erik have said recently, Clinton and some of her elite fans are still well behind the curve on this.