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Clinton Messes Up on Her Suffragette History
 


7 April 2008 at 11:31:16 AM
salon

I don't know. I can't say for myself that I am an encyclopedia of wealth on every single topic. But if I were running for office and I went to a state and decided to reference some FACT about that state, I'd Use The Google and look it up first to make sure I was speaking accurately. Or have one of my paid or volunteer minions do it for me. It's sort of like that commercial from a few years ago (I think it was a beer commercial) where the guy singing on the stage says "Hello, Detroit!" and he's actually in Cleveland.

But it's particularly telling because Clinton is going not only just after the female vote but the females who are highly in tune with the idea of her being the first female president, whether she is trustworthy or experienced or whatever-it's that she is FEMALE.

"Remember, Jeannette Rankin was elected before women could vote," Clinton told a crowd in a Missoula airplane hangar. "So who says men don't vote for a woman?" 

Cliopatra asks just WHO the people are that say men don't vote for a woman?

But Clinton's description of Rankin's election is rather free from the constraints of historical fact -- Montana as a state gave women the right to vote in 1914 and even as a mere territory had given women the right to vote in 1887.

Check out this classic New York Times story from the year Rankin was elected, November 5, 1916, in which she is described as "a handsome and vigorous woman, with a wealth of red hair," and noting the states that allowed women the right to vote as of 1916: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Anyone could mess up a fact like this. But it's also true that those whose hearts contain special space for suffragette history will no doubt be disappointed by Clinton not knowing some of this basic history.

Also, guess what.Jeanette Rankin was a pacifist. So she may have been a female who was elected in 1914 when Montana, progressively, gave women the right to vote BEFORE the US Government, but who thinks she would have agreed with what Hillary Clinton did with respect to Iraq???????


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