Are you sexually jealous of Hillary Clinton?

How American women's lust for Bill Clinton might keep his wife from the White House.

By Katharine Mieszkowski
November 2, 2007 11:30PM (UTC)
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If you think you have a problem with Hillary Clinton's position on the war in Iraq or doubts about her healthcare plan, maybe that's just your unconscious sexual jealousy talking. After all, she's married to Bill, and you're not. That's the contention of novelist Mary Gordon, who was quoted in a recent Modesto Bee story about presidential spouses.

Gordon argues that Bill is a liability for Hillary because the women of the United States of America are all hot for him, whether they realize it or not: "I think no woman is electable in America, and particularly not Hillary," Gordon said, "because she is married to this guy whom everyone is libidinally attached to. I think there is unconscious sexual jealousy of her among women." (The Modesto Bee piece actually quoted Gordon from this New York Times magazine interview back in August, which somehow we missed, but, really, like so much leftover Halloween candy, it's just too rich to pass up.)


Setting aside the demeaning notion that we women all vote with our libidos, I wonder how Gordon thinks that Sen. Clinton got elected in New York. Are the many New York women who voted for Clinton for Senate in 2000 and 2006 somehow magically immune to the 42nd president's charms, which apparently rule the rest of us in the voting booth?

At least we now know how Ms. Gordon votes.

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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