Do you think the U.S. is ready for a female president? That is a question I tweeted to CNN's Christiane Amanpour in preparation for tonight's town hall meeting with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Its a valid question, since polls are showing mixed results in response to her potential run in 2016. Reading through the only two responses released so far tonight on Hillary's interview, the answer may still be a resounding, unfortunate, no.
For one thing, Hillary's reputation has been sinking since the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. She has been blamed for not doing enough at the time to either predict the attacks or not protecting the victims at the time. Then there is the current promotion of her new book and the mysterious presidential run. Are her replies to the public scripted as part of a marketing strategy, or is she being sincere? Unfortunately, this last question has always applied to Hillary from the time she entered the White House as First Lady.
As human beings, we tend to dodge our intentions. Its hard to tell at any point in time whether the lasting attacks on Hillary Clinton are based on her abilities as a leader or her gender. The truth is that she is a complicated woman. She does tend to change her opinion to flatter her audience, which many times has left her seemingly unreliable.
On the other hand, male political candidates have a reputation of being shaky (and shady) with their constituents as well. And while they are criticized for their lack of forthrightness, these male candidates continue to be elected over and over again.
We need to be honest and determine whether our animosity toward Hillary Clinton is based on her qualifications or not. Frankly, I find it embarrassing that the greatest democracy in the world, and the richest, has yet to elect a woman president. The argument that the election of a black president opens the doors for a future election of a woman is baseless. Throughout this nation's history, it has been found that Americans have always placed black males on a higher level than women. This was true during the slavery period as it is now. Something has to change.