“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” – Marcus Aurelius
In the war of ideas, conservatives arm themselves with heavy artillery, while liberals have only slingshots. To combat this inequity, this inability to win arguments reasonably and logically, liberals have resorted to identity politics. Identity politics draws legitimate discourse down to the baseness of emotions, which cloud the minds of voters.
According to The Daily Beast:
“Fiorina has presented herself as the only person in the current GOP field who won’t really have to worry about inadvertently launching a war on women and the lone foil to Clinton’s ‘first woman president’ claim.”
The piece later quoted Fiorina, who said of Hillary Clinton:
“She wouldn’t be able to play the gender card…”
As much as I wish this were true, I don’t think it is. At this particular moment (in politics, everything can change in the blink of an eye), I think Carly Fiorina is a dark horse. She’s intelligent, personable, and able to deftly articulate the conservative message. Above all, she’s not reluctant in the slightest to take brutal swipes at Hillary—which I find particularly thrilling.
However, the idea that a Fiorina v Hillary header would eliminate the gender card from the deck is not true. The Democrats need identity politics as much as they need dead voters. It’s one of few tactics they have that continues to work. With Obama, it’s all been about race, and with Hillary, it will be about gender.
The way in which the tactic will be used may differ if Fiorina were the nominee, but it will be used. As The Daily Beast suggests, Fiorina has positioned herself as someone against whom the gender card cannot be played, meaning she would avoid being labeled as a General in the fictional war on women, etc. However, the left is well-versed in bending gender and race to suit their own purposes.
When a black politician is a conservative, they are not really black, and when a female politician is a conservative, neither will she be female. Accusations of brainwashing, betrayal, and puppetry abound in these cases, and the Democrats will do the same to Fiorina.
For a brief example, Juan Williams’ son Raffi was treated to some of the left’s special version of racism:
Raffi Williams responded perfectly when he said:
“I’m a conservative, and my race has nothing to do with my ideology…I think the diversity of thought, the idea that my race is my genetics, but my brain and my thoughts are my own, and they come from my own experiences, that’s what’s important.”
Should Carly Fiorina become the nominee, she will be treated just like Raffi—and countless other black conservatives, including Senator Tim Scott—have been treated. Clinton will be the real woman, and Fiorina will be the Uncle Tom. I suppose a term will be coined for a gander-based Uncle Tom. Femalesogynist, Same-Sexist, Carly Crocker.
Gender and race aren’t the weapon, they are merely the ammunition. The left controls the weapons, and they will find a way to change the ammunition to fit their needs.
Glass ceilings, the war on women, all the rhetoric used by the left regarding these things isn’t really about gender, but the use of gender under a specific set of parameters. If those parameters don’t work, other means will be utilized to make the narrative sustainable.
Carly Fiorina may be Hillary’s female foil, but even she will be a sexist come 2016. Just watch.