Mona Charen has a must-read piece up at National Review in which she says that the "greatest failures of the past generation concern men, women, and sex" and then goes on to cite Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, now the GOP presumptive nominee, as prime examples of what has gone wrong.
First, Mrs. Clinton:
Hillary Clinton delights in presenting herself as a feminist icon — but she is weighed down by the weaknesses of feminism and can boast few of the strengths. The weakness is her itchy trigger finger on accusations of sexism. She’s playing in the biggest of big leagues yet reaches for the sexism charge with dull predictability. If you criticize her cattle-futures deal, the Clinton Foundation, her e-mail server — anything — she or her minions will protest the double standard. One of her followers, Lena Dunham, published a list of words that ought to be forbidden when discussing Mrs. Clinton. They included “shrill,” “inaccessible,” and “difficult.”
Clinton uses feminism the way she has used people, ideas, and institutions throughout her long career — merely as instruments of her own advancement. When it’s convenient, she is the feminist role model. When her husband is being accused (accurately) of sexually harassing a cavalcade of women, she becomes the Wife Enforcer. The women who accused Bill Clinton were “trash,” she assured the world. Monica Lewinsky was a “narcissistic loony tune.”
Among successful women worldwide, Hillary Clinton might be one of the least self-made. Her own rise was due entirely to her alliance with her husband. Had there been no “Mrs.” in her title, there would never have been a “Senator” or “Secretary of State.” If she were capable of embarrassment, she’d pipe down about the “I am woman! Hear me roar” bit. Her shameless use of feminism is one of the things that drives people crazy about feminism — the feeling that too many use it as a cudgel to demand, rather than reject, double standards.
There were several candidates who might have launched interesting and maybe even successful attacks on Mrs. Clinton's version of feminism based at least in part on policy. Donald Trump will be an entirely different kind of candidate. Trump has never hesitated to attack women for their looks, and he exhibits something very different from the virtues associated with traditional masculinity.
For those of us who have fought against the false Democratic narrative that Republicans are waging a "war on women," the coming political season is shaping up to be like nothing we have ever seen.
Fasten your seat belts.