Hillary Clinton won two demographic groups in the primary election in New Hampshire earlier this week: people making over $200,000 a year, and people over the age of sixty-five. One important demographic that she did not win was that of women. Bernie Sanders won fifty-five percent of the women's vote - primarily due to his popularity among young women.
Two nationally prominent women, both of whom fit into each of the demographics that Hillary won, had some rather unkind things to say about those young women who supported Bernie. Madeline Albright, the first female secretary of state in our nation's history, snapped that there is a "special place in hell for women who don't help each other," and feminist icon Gloria Steinem postulated that the young women had flocked to support Bernie because "that's where the boys are."
Neither the 78-year-old Ms. Albright nor the 81-year-old Ms. Steinem seemed to have much respect for the younger women's abilities to make sound judgments on their own, and their anger over this perceived lack of commitment to achieving a major feminist goal seemed reminiscent of the wrath expressed by Geraldine Ferraro when she learned that her daughter had voted for Obama in a primary in 2008 - again to the detriment of Mrs. Clinton.
Ferraro's daughter said that Obama had inspired her, and, regardless of where the boys are, one suspects that Bernie also inspired many of the young women who voted for him. Perhaps instead of trying to corral and correct the course of their younger sisters, Ms. Albright and Ms. Steinem should step aside and let the youthful energy lead us into the future.
Madeline, Gloria, there's a special place for you at the pinochle table. It's where us old men are.
Bring your own seat cushions!