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[Conor Friedersdorf]



I appreciate the point that Megan and John are making. It's a shame that sexism is a factor in this election. But I'm one Hillary hater who is repulsed by the New York senator for reasons that haven't anything to do with sexism.

It seems to me that those of us who've long suspected she is power hungry to the point of derangement -- I started thinking that way when it occurred to me that, knowing her husband is a philanderer, she nevertheless joined a campaign to vilify the young women he exploited as sluts and liars -- have been vindicated by events.

The latest example is Senator Clinton's insistence that a plan she endorsed to strip Michigan and Florida of its delegates is actually a retrograde attempt to disenfranchise voters, and that her opportunistic attempts to reverse that decision share moral characteristics with the civil rights and women's suffrage movements.

Were Senator Clinton's primary opponent Dianne Feinstein, or if she faced Elizabeth Dole in a general election, I'd still think that only one frighteningly Machiavellian candidate who'd put her own interests above the good of the country was in the race.

As it happens, she faces Barack Obama and John McCain, two rare politicians I respect, though I've got disagreements with both men. I'll say this though: just as William F. Buckley once said that he'd rather that random people chosen from the Boston phone book govern us than the Harvard faculty, I'd happily substitute the average educated American woman for the average member of the United States Congress.