After running as a man last time around, Hillary Clinton is now running as a woman.
Matthew Dowd, the former W. strategist who became an independent, says Hillary got it backward: She should have run as a woman in 2008, when she was beating back a feminized anti-war candidate. And she should have run as a man this time, when Americans feel beleaguered and scared and yearn for something “big and masculine and strong,” as Dowd put it.
Despite the deafening dearth of excitement among younger women, Hillary has cast herself as Groundbreaking Granny.
She’s campaigning with Lena Dunham, Katy Perry and Demi Lovato and is selling T-shirt pantsuits on her website. And she showed up last week on Lifetime, sharing a white couch with Amanda de Cadenet, who hosts a cozy chat show with women. Hillary shared the childhood woe of being told by boys in her neighborhood that she couldn’t play with them because she was a girl.
She told Rachel Maddow she wouldn’t rule out an all-estrogen ticket by choosing a female running mate.