Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the “macho atmosphere” of the 2016 campaign is what doomed Hillary Clinton. A more reasonable argument is that Mrs. Clinton wasn’t macho enough to make it to the White House.
At a Columbia University Women’s Conference event on Sunday, Justice Ginsburg was asked again about the 2016 election, to which she opined, according to Fox News Insider, ” ‘I think it was difficult for Hillary Clinton to get by even the macho atmosphere prevailing during that campaign, and she was criticized in a way I think no man would have been criticized,’ Justice Ginsburg said. ‘I think anyone who watched that campaign unfold would answer it the same way I did: Yes, sexism played a prominent part,’ she continued.”
Mrs. Clinton wasn’t the only loser of the 2016 season. Does Justice Ginsburg think former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are all casualties of machismo? Perhaps their own lack of it. When voters looked at the world, we wisely decided against sending anyone who needed a safe space, face-planted into a van, or was low-energy, into the vipers’ pit of the world.
Political campaigns are about getting to know the candidates, but more than that, we find out in those environments who can handle the heat, and who can’t. If Justice Ginsburg’s wronged Hillary Clinton (or anyone else, for that matter) couldn’t handle an unconventional, swaggering and confident American billionaire, how could she handle the world itself?