(Doesn't everyone need a little irony in his diet?)
Kellyanne Conway is the first woman ever to manage a successful presidential campaign. Given that it was the campaign of the legendarily tough-to-manage Donald Trump, and that she needed to spar regularly with the honchos of two male-dominated industries – media and politics – that’s an achievement of note for a woman. But Mrs. Conway’s achievements don’t end there. She’s also a lawyer, a business owner, a mother of four, and possesses a seemingly inexhaustible cheerfulness.
Not a bad candidate for a role model for young American women, eh? I’d certainly say so. All the same, I wouldn’t advise Mrs. Conway to hold her breath waiting for an endorsement from American feminists:
But modern-day feminists are still wringing out their “I’m With Her” crying towels and snubbing Conway’s historic victory because, well, she’s a Republican.
Without any sense of irony, they ignore the achievements of a self-made woman (Conway), while lamenting the loss of a candidate who earned fame and power largely because of her husband. If she were a Democrat, Conway would be the toast of women’s groups across the country, feted in the media, splashed across the pages of Vogue and Cosmo. She would be touted as a future candidate herself. Maybe even Lena Dunham would’ve thrown out a tweet or two after her Election Night shower-cry.
But I suspect there’s even more to this than partisan politics. After all, you can’t accuse a man of misogyny—which literally means “hatred of women”—if he puts a female in charge of the riskiest, most important endeavor of his life. Trump can’t be a sexist pig who hates women if he fires two men and replaces them with a woman, right? Acknowledging, even celebrating, Conway’s success would undermine that entire plotline.
The Federalist’s Julie Kelly has even more bad news for the feminist Left:
Now that President-Elect Trump is appointing women to key posts such as UN Ambassador, Secretary of Education, and Deputy National Security Advisor, [feminists’] anger is rising rather than abating. If anything, this election has further revealed the hypocrisy of the left—particularly modern-day feminists—who despite all their talk of empowerment, are now exposed as a weak and whiny sisterhood of victims.
No one likes to be revealed as a hypocrite. To be weak and whiny victimists as well? I’ll let you form your own conclusions.