In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein kerfuffle, I’ve been halfheartedly trying to get people to remember a rather stunning moment in feminist history. In 2016, Rebecca Schoenkopf at the Gawker-affiliated blog Wonkette said what many of us on the right have suspected: A) she believes that Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick in 1978 and B) she doesn’t really care.
I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.
This post created a minor firestorm when it came out; here’s somewhat liberal Ann Althouse:
And this is why we can’t have good feminism. Women — the majority of humanity — who could come together and demand respect and protection for our bodies are susceptible to getting peeled off individually by a man they feel powerfully drawn to and simply must make an exception for. He’s not really bad. He said he was sorry and he’d never do it again. And there she is, the erstwhile feminist, mouthing the biggest domestic violence cliché in the world.
I like Ann’s blog, but I think she misses the mark. The Wonkette piece is feminism, at least as it’s been practiced for the last three decades. Feminists decided in the 1990s (if not before) that they were an arm of the Democrat Party, not a principled advocacy group. This is why all attacks come from within the party and aim outward; contra Althouse, feminists were not so much drawn to Bill Clinton as they were protective of the group that he represents.
It’s not about abortion, birth control or other bugaboos. Had feminists insisted that Clinton had to go, there would have been enough Democrat senators in 1998 to ensure the swearing in of President Gore. Instead, feminists made a Faustian bargain. Problem is, the devil always wins those. (Incidentally, this is why I had respect for Andrea Dworkin even though I didn’t like her. She took a stand on principle and called for Clinton to be thrown out)
So when a clown like Joy Reid says:
Sorry Honey, that ship has sailed.
At this point, Republican voters are done losing by the other team’s rules, no matter what Paul Ryan or John McCain say. We know that feminists don’t really give a damn what Trump says or does. He is the enemy because he has an R after his name.
You defended Ted Kennedy.
You defended Bill Clinton.
You defended Anthony Weiner.
You own this shit.