Brian Beutler has a good response to my defense of Hillary. He makes the point that supporting a candidate because of her record on gender issues is different from supporting a candidate simply because of her gender. To that I’d reply that changing the face of leadership is, given a progressive candidate, very important to me. I believe strongly that a female president would be a boon to every girl and woman in America — especially if that president has a lifetime commitment to fighting for gender equity. Plenty of feminists I respect have qustioned that assumption. But as Kay Steiger eloquently writes, being told by men that it’s wrong to defend HRC because you believe in women’s leadership for its own sake "feels condescending." She continues, "I’ve also heard liberals blaming feminists for giving an election to Rudy Giuliani that hasn’t even happened yet. So lay off, okay? Women can make decisions, too." You should read the rest of Kay’s post for some good information on why fears that Hillary would lose the general might be overstated.
On policy analysis: Brian mentions global warming as an issue where Clinton hasn’t shown enough progressive leadership. I agree — she hasn’t been willing to talk about carbon emissions taxing, for example.