This election year reminds me of something a friend of mine told me a few years ago. When she went to see a new play with some friends, no one in her party knew much about it so she wrote down her prediction as to what the play would be about, and hid it away for revealing afterward. After the play she showed them her prediction: “Everyone hates women, including women.” She was right, of course.
I wish that she could be wrong, at least once. Here’s my prediction, three months before election day. I’m publishing it here so you can remind yourselves of my wisdom (or stupidity!) months and years later. Here goes:
Hillary Clinton will win the presidential election this year, and be given precisely zero credit for having flattened Donald Trump. She’ll still be called “historically unpopular” after winning a Johnson ’64 or Reagan ’84-style victory. Forget the sixteen opponents Trump crushed in the primaries–they couldn’t do it. But somehow when Clinton beats him, we’ll just roll our eyes and say, “well, DUH! Obvs. he couldn’t get elected.”
She and her campaign staff and volunteers will have saved the United States from a President Donald Trump, and she and anyone who worked for her will get precisely zero credit for having done this. The entire country will be all “Ugh, MOM, where’s my sandwich?” for the next four years. Because we all depend on a high degree of women’s effectiveness and accountability but we resent it and so never give them the credit they deserve.